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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

February 6-May 17, 2015

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's pioneering collection of Latino art. It explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by Altria Group, the Honorable Aida M. Alvarez; Judah Best, The James F. Dicke Family Endowment, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Tania and Tom Evans, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, The Michael A. and the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello Endowment, Henry R. Muñoz III, Wells Fargo and Zions Bank. Additional significant support was provided by The Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Support for Treasures to Go, the museum's traveling exhibition program, comes from The C.F. Foundation, Atlanta.

Presenting Sponsor:

Sponsors:
S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation | Ray, Quinney & Nebeker Foundation

Supporting Sponsor: WELLS FARGO

In-Kind Sponsor:  Community Partner:    Media Sponsor: 

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salt 11: Duane Linklater

February 27-August 2, 2015

The eleventh edition of the salt series features new work by Duane Linklater, a Canada-based multimedia artist of Native American heritage. Through installation, performance, film, photography, and other media, Linklater studies the migration and exchange of ideas, language, and memory and reveals many inconsistencies in knowledge and history. He often works collaboratively and appropriates liberally, challenging modern perceptions of authorship and authenticity. Through his salt exhibition, Linklater directly engages the UMFA's permanent collection to explore physical and conceptual processes of translation and the cultural information that is lost therein.

Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario. Born in 1976, he holds bachelor's degrees in fine art and Native studies from the University of Alberta (2005) and a master's degree in film and video from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College (2012). Linklater won the Sobey Art Award, Canada's preeminent prize for emerging artists, in 2013. He lives in North Bay, Ontario.

salt 11: Duane Linklater is made possible through a generous grant from
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The salt exhibition series is sponsored in part by the UMFA Friends of Contemporary Art (FoCA)

Additional support for salt 11 is provided by the
University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library

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[con]text

December 19, 2014-July 26, 2015

The presence of text in art has greatly increased in the modern era, but the relationship of language and visual art have a much longer history. [con]text examines this history as represented in the UMFA's permanent collection. From an ancient Egyptian wall relief to medieval illuminated manuscripts to the contemporary practices of John Cage, Bruce Nauman, and Willie Cole, this exhibition looks at the way visual artists have harnessed the power of language to document, to inspire, to inform, and to persuade. [con]text also explores how language itself constantly evolves, leading to both the loss and creation of meaning.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the UMFA is hosting a writing contest for U of U undergraduate students. Winners will receive cash prizes, and their work will be made available in the galleries and presented at UMFA's Open Mic on Thursday, April 2.

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Tony Feher
They arrived yesterday, dusty and weary from the journey, but in good spirits

NOW ON VIEW

American sculptor Tony Feher has been changing the way we see the world for the past three decades. With a hyper-awareness of the formal qualities of everyday objects-bottles, tape, plastic bags-Feher turns unconsidered, often-discarded materials into poetic sculptures and elegant installations. For this exhibition, the UMFA has invited Feher to help us re-imagine the architecture of our Great Hall with a brand new site-specific installation.

The exhibition is sponsored by Nancy and David Gill, the University of Utah Department of Art and Art History, XMission, and an anonymous donor.

 

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