salt 10: Conrad Bakker
Opens September 12, 2014
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.
Opens October 3, 2014
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.
New Narratives: Recent work by U of U Art Faculty
October 24, 2014-January 11, 2015
This triennial exhibition showcases the newest work by the University of Utah's Department of Art and Design faculty and celebrates the working artists who inspire the community through their creative output and their teaching.
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.
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.
Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape
August 29-December 13, 2015
Drawn from the remarkable collections of National Museum Wales, Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape offers visitors a rare opportunity to follow, in a single span, the rise of landscape painting in Britain through works from such masters as Claude Monet, J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, and Richard Wilson. The exhibition unfolds a story that runs from the Industrial Revolution, through the eras of romanticism, impressionism, and modernism, to the postmodern and post-industrial imagery of today. The title, derived from the writings of English painter and poet William Blake, references both the poetry of landscape and the environmental threats posed by industrialism—key themes that persist in British art today and that will resonate with Utah audiences. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and National Museum Wales. Curators are Tim Barringer and Oliver Fairclough.