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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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.
salt 10: Conrad Bakker
September 12, 2014–February 8, 2015
Conrad Bakker makes imprecise, to-scale replicas of objects like books, photographs, chairs, and motorcycles out of wood and paint to investigate the creation of value and economic systems. Often inserting his handmade facsimiles into the commercial realms of their real commodity counterparts, Bakker circumvents the art market, challenges postmodern perceptions of authorship and authenticity, and questions the distinction between originality and appropriation.
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