May 17, 2013 – August 25, 2013
There are many ways to draw and many definitions of drawing. The UMFA's exhibition Drawing Lab invites you to explore, experiment, with your own definition of drawing in several different drawing stations. You may draw from art objects, create abstractions in chalk, doodle directly on a table, or contribute to an unfolding exhibition-long "metamorphosis" scroll drawing.
May 6–8, prior to the opening of the exhibition, University of Utah art students will participate in a collaborative Drawing Marathon, and the results of this drawing experiment will be on view in the gallery throughout the exhibition to inspire and embolden the creativity of all visitors.
Click HERE to view a time-lapse video of the Drawing Marathon.
Martha Wilson: Staging the Self
August 30 – November 10, 2013
Martha Wilson's career, spanning forty years, encapsulates the contestations inherent in feminist and socially engaged practices. In her work and throughout her life, Wilson has explored how identity and positioning are not just self-defined or projected, but also negotiated. The complex nature of her work encompasses her activities as an artist, creating conceptually-based performances, videos, and photo-text compositions since the early 1970s; her position as the founder and director of the non-profit space Franklin Furnace; and her collaboration with other women to form the group, DISBAND among many other things. Wilson's attitude to collaboration and openness to constantly redefining both personal and collective identities make her a central figure with which to collaborate on producing this exhibition that explores current approaches toward feminism, activism, and collaborative practice.
Martha Wilson: Staging the Self is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Guest curator for the exhibition is Peter Dykhuis. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, the ICI Board of Trustees, and ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson.
Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
September 5, 2013 – January 5, 2014
This exhibition presents selections from the largest collection of contemporary prints in the United States. Spanning the past five decades, it features works by thirty-nine artists from Jasper Johns and Sol LeWitt to Damien Hirst, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker. Under Pressure charts an array of artistic and social concerns, from minimalism to pop and conceptual art, and more recent works addressing race, gender, and identity.
September 13, 2013 – July 28, 2014
Exploring Sustainability is an exhibition of new projects that explore how principles of ecological sustainability and affiliated design strategies are applied to creative thinking and to the design process. During Sustainable Design Practice, the University of Utah studio art course in which this work was created, students gained an overview of the environmental impacts of design and production practices as well as the processes and methods associated with more sustainable approaches. The projects created over the course of the spring 2013 semester are inspired examples of how students integrated sustainable design into their own creative process. The exhibition is intended to stimulate further dialogue among the university and local communities about issues related to sustainability.