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.
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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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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