“i touched a cactus flower” by Sarah Cain

In 2021, the Momentary will be hosting several new, exciting exhibitions. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience site-responsive installations as well as artwork that highlights the Black experience in the United States.


From Feb. 13 through May 30, the Momentary will be the home for Sarah Cain: In Nature, an exhibition that features colorful canvas works, floor paintings, sculpture and a stained glass window. The Los Angeles artist Sarah Cain will be using both existing and new artworks to explore “the search for new possibilities during a worldwide moment of sheltering in place and limited mobility.”


The Cain exhibition will be on display in the Momentary’s Lobby Gallery.


Another exhibition, Derrick Adams: Sanctuary, will overlap with Cain’s installation. The Adams exhibition will be on display from Feb. 20 through June 6.


This work uses the Negro Motorist Green Book, a guidebook used by Black travelers to identify businesses and establishments that would be welcoming to them, as an inspiration for a mixed-media collage and sculpture work. Adams uses the Green Book as a way of reimagining safe destinations for Black individuals.


The Adams exhibition will be on display in Gallery 1 and Gallery 3.


Diana Al-Hadid will have an exhibition from Feb. 27-June 13 at the Momentary. This exhibition, entitled Ash in the Trade Winds, incorporates wall panels and sculptures, and Al-Hadid layers pigments onto materials such as bronze, plaster, fiberglass and more.


The exhibition will be on display in Gallery 2.


“We are thrilled that this next season will allow visitors to engage with our galleries in a new way, taking a deep dive into the work and practice of three contemporary artists, each with a solo exhibition on view simultaneously,” Lauren Haynes, director of artist initiatives and curator, contemporary art at the Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, said in a statement. “We encourage visitors to immerse themselves in each space and experience the role contemporary art has in our everyday life.”


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