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Abigail DeVille: Light of Freedom

The Momentary announces the 2021 summer exhibition schedule which includes Momentary-organized exhibitions Cauleen Smith: Space Station, Radiant behind the Sun and Kenny Rivero: The Floor Is Crooked, along with Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody. The Momentary also announces a new outdoor installation: Light of Freedom by Abigail DeVille. There is no cost to view visual art exhibitions or outdoor installations at the Momentary.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 to Sunday, July 25, 2021
Sun + Tue-Wed | 10am to 7pm, Thu-Sat | 10am to 10pm, Mon | Closed
Rates/Admission Prices

Admission is free for all.

The Momentary
507 SE E Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
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Sun + Tue-Wed | 10am to 7pm
Thu-Sat | 10am to 10pm
Mon | Closed

In response to history and to the present, Abigail DeVille’s newly commissioned public work, Light of Freedom, will be installed outdoors at the Momentary. The project is a 13-foot-tall reference to the Statue of Liberty’s torch encased in scaffolding and filled with found objects.

In Light of Freedom, DeVille reflects the despair and exultation of this turbulent period of pandemic and protest. She recognizes and hallows the earliest enslaved Africans who were brought to New Amsterdam, critiques the promise of American liberty through the arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty that were installed in Madison Square Park from 1876-1882, and summons the current Black Lives Matter movement as the sources for the work.

DeVille has exhibited at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, New Museum in New York, and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Van Lier Fund of New York Community Trust, and Creative Capital.

Abigail DeVille’s Light of Freedom was commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York and organized by Brooke Kamin Rapaport and Tom Reidy. Following its time at the Momentary, Light of Freedom will be on view at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (October 15, 2021 – April 17, 2022).

Full Caption & Image Credits:
Abigail DeVille (American, b. 1981)
Light of Freedom, 2020
Welded steel, cabling, rusted metal bell, mannequin arms, metal scaffolding, wood
156 x 96 x 96 inches.
Collection the artist. © 2020 Abigail DeVille
Photograph by Andy Romer / Madison Square Park Conservancy

The exhibition was organized by Madison Park Conservancy, New York. Abigail DeVille Light of Freedom was commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York, and was first exhibited in Madison Square Park.

Headshot of Abigail DeVille
Photo by Melissa Blackall, courtesy of the artist