Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art / Courtesy photo
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary will both reopen to the public on June 10.
Officials said both venues have implemented new safety measures and will use free timed tickets to ensure limited attendance per state guidelines.
The temporary exhibitions, Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… has been extended, and is now free, through July 13 at Crystal Bridges while State of the Art 2020 will be extended with the full exhibition on view at both locations through July 12.
“Our top priority remains the safety and well-being of staff, volunteers, and visitors,” said Rod Bigelow, executive director and chief diversity & inclusion officer of Crystal Bridges. “Our team has been carefully monitoring the changing landscape and we are grateful for our local partners, health officials, and peer institutions who have provided guidance. We worked with the State of Arkansas Department of Health on a plan for a measured reopening that prioritizes safety, and that plan is now approved by the state.”
The Momentary closed after only being open a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
“This time has allowed us to prepare for how we will showcase art and welcome our community in this new world, in a safe and responsible way,” said Lieven Bertels, director of the Momentary. “We think it’s even more important to lift up artist voices to help us process and overcome the variety of challenges we’re all facing.”
Crystal Bridges will limit visitors to 30 guests per 15 minutes, while the Momentary will allow 15 guests every 15 minutes. Those numbers are based on five people per 1,000 square feet of public space which adheres to a one-third capacity guideline for the state’s indoor venues, according to a news release.
Visitors at either venue must first register online for a timeslot to receive an email on what to expect and how to prepare:
Visit crystalbridges.org/blog for full details, including a list of enhanced safety measures and on-site changes to the venues.