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Behind the Scenes: The Textile Preservation Project

The Highlights Wall in the UMFA's entrance showcases the Collections department's textile re-cataloguing project. This mini-exhibition features two textiles from the permanent collection and an informational video about the project and the Museum's important preventative preservation work.

 

Under Pressure: 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.

 

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.

 

Drawing Lab

May 17, 2013 – August 25, 2013 

 

This hands-on, interactive exhibition, in which visitors create the artwork themselves, is inspired by the idea that mark-making is a fundamental human impulse and that there is no wrong way to do it. UMFA educators developed five drawing stations to encourage visitors' creativity: participants can contribute to a chalkboard drawing Museum staff have begun, do free drawing directly on a coffee table, draw from objects in the Museum's permanent collection, create drawings with tape and paper, or contribute to a "metamorphosis" scroll drawing that will take shape over the course of the exhibition and incorporate the creativity of all participating artists. Visitors can also draw inspiration from I See the Fish, Finally, a collaborative, experimental wall drawing created by eight students from the University of Utah art department, who created the work during a three-day drawing "marathon" before the exhibition opened.

 

Click HERE to view a time-lapse video of the Drawing Marathon.

 

Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West

February 15 - August 11, 2013

 

Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West is an ambitious exhibition comprising more than 100 oil paintings, sculpture, and works on paper drawn primarily from the Diane and Sam Stewart Collection. It examines depictions of American Indian identity (by both natives and non-natives) in a diverse array of styles: from the traditional European schools to Modernist abstraction and conceptual renderings of cultural motifs. Subject matter focuses on the Pueblo people of Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico but other important and impactful portraits of American Indians are also included. Artworks range in tone from the romantic and ideal to the utterly real, sometimes taking on sensitive subject matter that is often inherent to contemporary American Indian identity. This exhibition negotiates the devices and implications of portraiture as a historical genre, to show that a portrait can either fashion a mythologized persona or an authentic personal dynamic that speaks to lived experience.

 

PRESENTING SPONSOR: Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation
LEADERSHIP SPONSORS:
Wasatch Advisors | UMFA Friends of Utah and Western Art | Naoma Tate | Zions Bank
SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
The Mark and Kathie Miller Foundation | Lynn and Tom Fey | Kem and Carolyn Gardner | Jack and Jodi Livingood
Partners: Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine | Benjamin and Lisa Logue | John and Joan Firmage | Barabino Huebner Fund at the Community Foundation | Jacobsen Lake Foundation | Michael and Donna Weinholtz

 

Mike Disfarmer: Cleburne County Portraits

January 24, 2012 - July 14, 2013

 

The Coen Brothers, Ralph Lauren and guitarist Bill Frisell are just a few artists who have found inspiration in the photographs of Mike Disfarmer. A small town photographer from Heber Springs, Arkansas, Disfarmer used glass plate negatives to create snapshot-size photographs as keepsakes for the local community. The stark minimalism of his studio backdrops, especially those used during the 1930s and through the war years, effectively isolate his subjects and in doing so create intimate, deeply human portraits of them. The dignity of hard work and the vagaries of rural life can be read in the faces and demeanor of the many people who sat for his "penny portraits."

 

salt 7: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

February 21, 2013  June 23, 2013

 

salt 7: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is the seventh installment in the Museum's series of exhibitions featuring new and innovative art from around the world. For her first solo exhibition in the western United States, British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will show never-before exhibited oil paintings. Employing a palette and brushwork not unlike that of traditional western portraiture, Yiadom-Boakye's luscious, gestural paintings consider the role of the black figure, as both subject and author, in the art historical canon. Her ambiguous portraits, composed from various sources and imagination, are purposely void of social, economic, and spatial clues. However, her fictitious subjects often engage the viewer with a direct glance or a furtive grin, projecting agency and inviting viewer interpretation.

 

Sponsored in part by Nancy and Dave Gill with additional support from Noel Kirnon.

 

For more information about the salt series click HERE.

 

5 Blocks

September 21, 2012 - April 21, 2013

 

5 Blocks is an exhibition of youth artwork created in collaboration with UMFA educators by students at Hawthorne Elementary (Salt Lake City School District) and Granger High School (Granite School District). By investigating a five block area near their school, students demystified how we shape the spaces we live in and how those spaces shape us. Through a variety of media, this exhibition shares with viewers what students discovered when they left the classroom and got a chance to engage with the city. During the planning of this exhibition UMFA educators consulted with Damon Rich, a nationally recognized designer and artist who currently serves as the Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey.

 

SPONSOR: C. Comstock Clayton Foundation

 

Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism

September 28, 2012 - March 18, 2013

 

Dale Nichols is well known as the fourth major Regionalist artist, alongside Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Stueart Curry. Their work, created in the Midwest during the Great Depression, defined a period in American art when artists turned toward the land and known narratives in hope of creating uniquely American themes and styles of art.

 

The UMFA is delighted to offer Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism, an exhibition spanning much of his long career. Nichols' early paintings focused on the often-difficult relationship between Midwest farmers and their land. His stylized landscapes and red barns, representing both shelter and sustenance, held images of hope for a struggling nation and honored the agrarian ideal. By the 1940s Nichols indulged his wanderlust, traveling repeatedly to Alaska and spending extended periods of time in Guatemala and Mexico. Paintings from this period are represented in this exhibition as well.

 

Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism is a traveling exhibition organized by the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art and curated by Amanda Mobley.

 

SPONSORS:
S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation | UMFA Special Exhibitions Council | Ray, Quinney & Nebeker Foundation

 

salt 6: Emre Hüner
October 26, 2012 - February 10, 2013

 

Emre Hüner's (Turkish, born 1977, lives Berlin) multidisciplinary practice incorporates drawing, sculpture, video and built environments as well as found objects, artifacts, and samples. By juxtaposing these different objects and practices, he constructs a type of fragmented archive of the past and the future, of fact and fiction, of the manmade and the natural. His non-linear approach and widely varied references open a space for particular moments to be imagined. Questioning ideas of progress and the failure of modernity, his work invites viewers to draw their own connections and create their own narratives. While he touches on problematic political relationships and contentious issues, he does so by mixing independent references that combine to present mythical, yet recognizable, events. salt 6 is the debut of Hüner's 2-part film and installation Aeolian Processes.

 

Nancy Holt: Sightlines
October 19, 2012 - January 20, 2013

 

Nancy Holt: Sightlines will offer an in-depth look at the early projects of this important American artist whose pioneering work falls at the intersection of art, architecture, and time-based media. Since the late 1960s, Holt has created a far-reaching body of work, including Land Art, films, videos, site-specific installations, artist's books, concrete poetry, and major sculpture commissions. Nancy Holt: Sightlines showcases the artist's transformation of the perception of the landscape through the use of different observational modes in her early films, videos, and related works from 1966 to 1980. With her novel use of cylindrical forms, light, and techniques of reflection, Holt developed a unique aesthetics of perception, which enabled visitors to her sites like Sun Tunnels (1973-76), located in Utah's Great Basin, to engage with the landscape in new and challenging ways.

 

Nancy Holt: Sightlines is a traveling exhibition organized by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University and curated by Alena J. Williams. Major support for the exhibition and its programs is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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Horizon: Selections from the Guild of Book Workers

October 5 - December 30, 2012

 

Whether by contemplating the apparent horizon, personal horizons, or the horizon of the book as a binding or an object, this exhibition showcases the current work of the members of the Guild of Book Workers while offering a glimpse into what is just beyond. Guild of Book Workers members were invited to interpret "horizon" as broadly or as narrowly as they wish.

 

Day With(out) Art

December 1, 2012

 

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) will participate in its annual observance of World AIDS Day by covering a selected work of art from the permanent collection. This year, the UMFA has chosen to conceal its Auguste Rodin bronze sculpture, Female Torso (V & A), located in the second floor European gallery. The entire sculpture will be covered with a black cloth during visiting hours in recognition of Day With(out) Art, a global event that coincides with World AIDS Day and aims to acknowledge the complex issues surrounding the lives of individuals living with HIV or AIDS. The "absence" of this extraordinary work will serve as a reminder to Museum visitors of the fallen victims to the disease who are now absent, as well as those who continue to suffer from the epidemic and crusade for a cure. The UMFA joins thousands of other institutions on this day, December 1, 2012, in using art to honor individual legacies, commemorate personal loss and to underline the necessity of increased awareness and action to combat the ongoing AIDS epidemic.

 

 

Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile

June 2 - September 16, 2012

 

This special exhibition explores the art of the automobile, featuring antique and vintage racing cars that exemplify the beauty of vehicles designed for speed. Artistry and engineering come together in these functional yet highly crafted works of art.

 

Photo Finish

June 2 - September 2, 2012

 

Cars are a pervasive symbol in American art and pop culture. Symbolizing such dichotomous ideas as masculinity and femininity, speed and leisure, industry and nature, the individual and the collective, and the glamorous and the mundane, the automobile lends itself to many interpretations. Photographers have long been inspired by the automobile, attempting to capture and examine its multiple meanings through a lens. This group of photographs from the UMFA's collection showcases the diversity of ways artists have depicted and interpreted the omnipresent automobile.

 

salt 5: Daniel Everett

March 30 - July 29, 2012

 

salt 5: Daniel Everett is the fifth in the Museum's series of exhibitions featuring innovative art from around the world. Working in photography, video, and installation, artist Daniel Everett investigates the ways in which the human-made landscape shapes and structures our experience as individuals.

 

George Rouault: Circus of the Shooting Star / Cirque De L'Etoile Filante

February 3 - May 13, 2012

 

Artist Georges Roualt was fascinated by the circus, a world where superficial brightness was underscored by overwhelming sadness. The images in his portfolio of etchings, Cirque de l'Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Star), demonstrate Rouault's attempt to strip away the "spangles" of the clown's costume and reveal the "reflection of paradise lost." On loan to the UMFA from the Syracuse University Art Galleries, this exhibition comprises color etchings that introduce the portfolio and wood engravings illustrating Rouault's text. Begun in 1926 and published in 1938, the portfolio was the product of Rouault's collaboration with Parisian publisher and art dealer Ambrose Vollard. Their partnership proved to be one of the most productive in the history of printmaking.

 

The exhibition is accompanied by a fun-filled family guide and in-gallery activity.

 

At Work: Prints from the Great Depression

February 10 - May 6, 2012

 

Organized in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Basso, Assistant Professor of History and Gender Studies and Director of the American West Center at the University of Utah, this exhibition features Depression-era prints focusing on men and women at work, selected from the remarkable collection of Marcia Price and Ambassador John Price. During the years of the government-sponsored Federal Art Project, American printmaking techniques were expanded, and themes of labor were integral to the new print vocabulary. Printmakers, along with other artists, were given an unprecedented sense of purpose when the U.S. government included them in the vast numbers of unemployed workers who could apply for work relief from the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

 

At Work speaks powerfully to contemporary questions—underscored by anxieties surrounding the great recession—about the place of labor in our lives.

 

The Faculty Show: Recent Work by The University of Utah Art Faculty

February 17 - May 6, 2012

 

The UMFA is pleased to present an exhibition of artwork by the acclaimed University of Utah Department of Art and Art History faculty. New works by faculty artists will be on view in the Museum's Great Hall and first-floor galleries. The exhibition reflects trends in contemporary art as well as traditional practices in a variety of media including: ceramics, painting and drawing, sculpture, photography and digital imaging, printmaking, installation, and new media.

 

Low Lives 4: Networked Performance Festival

Friday, April 27 | 6:30-9:30 pm and Saturday, April 28 | 1:00-4:00 pm
FREE with general admission

Experience the merging of performance and technology in Low Lives 4! The UMFA is pleased to be the central presenting venue for this international festival, which features live performance-based artwork streamed online and projected in real-time at venues around the world. Don't miss your chance to meet Low Lives curator Jorge Rojas and view more than fifty live performance pieces from nine countries, including on-site performances at the UMFA by featured artist Michelle Ellsworth. www.lowlives.net and www.michelleellsworth.com

 

salt 4: Xaviera Simmons

November 18, 2011 through February 26, 2012

 

salt 4: Xaviera Simmons is the fourth in the Museum's series of exhibitions featuring innovative art from around the world. New York-based Xaviera Simmons uses photography, as well as other mediums including installation and performance, to construct multivalent narratives of collective and personal histories. Simmons's work often references traditions of American landscape painting, exploring depictions of the individual in nature. In her large-format photographs, scenery becomes a central character, harboring the stories of immigrants and migrants. Archetypal figures, like sages and nomads, serve as conduits for open-ended narratives embedded in the land, allowing entrance into, in the artist's words, "other characters, narratives, and geographies." In addition to photography, the exhibition  includes a sculptural installation made of hand-lettered, locally found wooden scraps—materials chosen for their ubiquitous use in vernacular signage—affixed directly to the gallery wall. This tangled matrix of text gleaned from notes, conversation, news articles, folklore, poetry, and literature, forms its own kind of lyrical landscape, imbued with historical and personal memory.

 

LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art

July 21, 2011 through January 15, 2012

 

In an exciting collaboration, the UMFA has teamed up with the Church History Museum to stage the largest exhibition ever mounted of Utah artist LeConte Stewart's work. With a combined total of over 200 paintings and drawings selected from museums and private collections across the west, these joint exhibitions will feature masterworks that have rarely been seen. The shared effort focuses on the most creative and skilled period of Stewart's long career.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE ARTIST, BOTH EXHIBITIONS, PROGRAMMING, DIRECTIONS, AND VIRTUAL RESOURCE

 

Color

September 16, 2011 through January 8, 2012

 

Containing a diverse range of artworks from around the world, Color explores the relationship of color to artists and audiences. This exhibition utilizes over twenty pieces from the UMFA's permanent collection, using color as a connector across cultures and time. This exhibition includes works by artists Robert Motherwell, Alex Katz, Anna Campbell Bliss, and more. While visiting the exhibition, be sure to use the hands on, in-gallery color collage wall to create your own color compositions. This exhibition is funded as part of the UMFA's Art in a Box program and is presented in conjunction with the debut of the new statewide box, Art in a Box: Color.

 

Final Light: V. Douglas Snow in Retrospect

August 31, 2011 through January 8, 2012

 

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Salt Lake Art Center are pleased to present Final Light: V. Douglas Snow in Retrospect, a collaborative exhibition celebrating the work of eminent Utah landscape artist, V. Douglas Snow (1927-2009). Museum visitors and long-time admirers will have the opportunity to encounter Snow's large body of work at two local art venues.

 

Africa: Arts of a Continent

On view through September 4, 2011 

 

This ambitious exhibition of African art objects drawn from the UMFA’s permanent collection centers on themes of the spirit world and afterlife. Africa: Arts of a Continent explores the spiritual and political power of Central African masks, the magic and mystery of ancestral African sculptures, and the enduring beauty of African objects used in everyday life. The installation debuts of one of the UMFA’s newest acquisitions: a late XXVIth Dynasty Egyptian sarcophagus.

 

salt 3: Cyprien Gaillard

May 26 - August 21, 2011

 

salt 3: Cyprien Gaillard is the third in the UMFA's new series of exhibitions that showcase the work of contemporary artists from around the world. The films and installations of French artist Cyprien Gaillard (b. 1980) examine contemporary landscapes and architectural ruins of the recent past, engaging with artistic traditions of Romanticism and Land Art. His work was featured in the 2011 Venice Biennale.

 

Don Olsen: Abstracts from Nature

December  2010 through August 14, 2011

 

The exhibition Don Olsen: Abstracts from Nature, on view in the G.W. Anderson Family Great Hall, celebrates the 100th birthday of abstract artist Don Olsen (1910-1983). Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Olsen's work was misunderstood because it represented a style unfamiliar to Utah audiences. Today, however, he is acknowledged as one of the most influential and gifted abstract artists to have worked in the region.  A student of Hans Hoffmann, Olsen created abstract expressionist works using volume, color, and shapes taken from nature. Large-scale paintings spanning forty years will highlight the most prominent work in his oeuvre.

 

Helen Levitt Photographs

February 24 through July 17, 2011

 

One of the great photographers of the twentieth century, Helen Levitt took the activity of city streets as her primary subject, paying special attention to the children for whom the street served as a playground. This presentation of photographs drawn from the UMFA's collection includes representative works from the late 1930s and early 1940s-when Levitt emerged as a key member of the New York School photographers-as well as later photographs from her long and accomplished career.

 

The Smithson Effect

March 10 through July 3, 2011

 

The Smithson Effect is the most ambitious contemporary art exhibition ever organized by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Through sculpture, video, photography, installation, and sound art, The Smithson Effect will introduce you to twenty-three of the world's leading contemporary artists, whose work is influenced by the legacy of artist Robert Smithson (1938-1973).

 

CLICK HERE for more information on The Smithson Effect.

 

Collecting Knowledge: Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity

January 27 through May 15, 2011

 

Collecting Knowledge: Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity explores items that were typically found in cabinets of curiosity in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe, including prints, books, scientific instruments, and objects obtained through travel. This exhibition examines the people who created cabinets of curiosity, their strategies for classifying and grouping items, and how they used this knowledge to make sense of their world.

 

During Fall Semester 2010, four graduate students in the University of Utah Department of Art and Art History gained first-hand knowledge of the work involved in creating an exhibition. The result of their hard work is the exhibition Collecting Knowledge: Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity. The students were advised by Professor Sheila Muller and they worked closely with UMFA staff to complete all necessary steps for curating an exhibition— from developing exhibition themes to selecting the objects; from writing the object label text to planning the exhibition design; and from securing related public programs to creating an effective marketing plan.

 

Low Lives 3

April 29 • 6-10 pm and April 30 • 1-4 pm

 

Now entering its third year–and hosted by the UMFA for the first time–Low Lives is an exhibition of works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues around the world. This project was curated by University of Utah alum Jorge Rojas and featured a live performance by New York-based artist Kristin Lucas, organized by UMFA curator Jill Dawsey.

 

salt 2: Sophie Whettnall

November 18, 2010 through February 27, 2011

 

salt 2: Sophie Whettnall is the second in the UMFA's new series of exhibitions that showcase the work of contemporary artists from around the world. Belgian artist Sophie Whettnall (b. 1973) works mostly with photography, video, and multimedia installations, yet she was trained as a painter and much of her work retains a rich, painterly quality. Whettnall engages the temporal nature of video as a medium, creating images that inhabit a space between stillness and activity as they develop over time.  Frequently training her camera on the landscape, she explores the relationship between the self and its surroundings in a world of increasing transience and dislocation.

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salt reflects the international impact of contemporary art today, forging local connections to the global, and bringing new and diverse artwork to the city that shares the program's name.

 

Trevor Southey: Reconciliation

October 21, 2010 through February 13, 2011


This retrospective of the life and work of Utah-based artist Trevor Southey gives prominence to four life passages that have defined Southey's character and his art: his youth in Rhodesia and education in England; his life as a married, practicing Mormon and his desire for a utopian lifestyle created around family, farming, and art; Southey's decision to acknowledge his homosexuality in 1982, which coincided with the first major public awareness of the AIDS epidemic; and the reconciliation of his life decisions as expressed in his revised artistic approach to the human form.


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Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art

October 21, 2010 - February 13, 2011


Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art brings together classic works of Pop Art from the UMFA's permanent collection, as well as more recent works influenced by Pop, with a focus on the human face and figure. Many works in the exhibition take the form of portraits, such as Alex Katz's series of screen prints depicting young people in the 1970s, or ironic self-portraiture, as in Robert Arneson's Untitled Trophy (Bust Of Bob) (1978). Faces also includes a series of Andy Warhol's Polaroid portraits, a recent gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view for the first time. Ranging from portraits of the rich and famous-among them, Pia Zadora, Yves Saint Laurent, and artist Keith Haring-to unknown figures, Warhol's Polaroids reveal the idiosyncrasies of his subjects.

 

Yayoi Kusama: Decades

October 21, 2010 - February 13, 2011

 
Yayoi Kusama: Decades offers a focused presentation of exemplary works by renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A key figure in the New York art world of the late 1950s and 1960s, Kusama's pioneering work has galvanized subsequent generations of artists. From her early watercolor paintings of the 1950s to her "accumulation" sculptures of the 1960s, to recent, large-scale "infinity nets" paintings, the exhibition highlights works from each decade of the artist's long career.

 

The Ideal Landscape

October 7, 2010 - February 6, 2011

This exhibition brings together thirteen Chinese landscape paintings dating from the Ming dynasty to the twentieth century. These artworks do not recreate a landscape, but instead conjure an ideal scene imagined by the painter. As a result, these depictions of mountains and bodies of water offer expressions of the artist's heart and mind.

 

Community: Eat, Work, Play

May 6, 2010 - January 9, 2011

Community: Eat, Work, Play is a collaborative exhibition between the UMFA and Lincoln Elementary school. With the help of UMFA educators, first and sixth grade students will create large-scale murals to be installed in the Museum's education gallery. Each group will take on one aspect of the theme, either eat, work or play, and explore visually how that idea is represented in their community.

 

Painting Utah's Mount Olympus

July 8 through November 14, 2010

Mount Olympus is not the tallest mountain in the Wasatch Range but anyone who has seen this awesome natural wonder will agree with the early pioneers who bestowed it with the Greek name for ‘the home of the gods.' Indeed, Mount Olympus stands today as an imposing, silent sentinel, a powerful symbol of nature's transcendent beauty for the residents of the modern metropolis that has grown at its foot. For the past century and a half, some of Utah's most talented artists [Lee Greene Richards, Gilbert Munger, Edwin Deaken, Anton Rasmussen, David Meikle and others] have attempted to do justice to Mount Olympus...not an easy task for mere mortals and yet through their work, the home of the gods is immortalized in Painting Utah's Mount Olympus.

 

Las Artes de Mexico from the Collection of the Gilcrease Museum

May 6 - September 26, 2010

Las Artes de México explores the richness of Mexican art and culture, from the ancient work of the Mayans and Aztecs through the twentieth century. The exhibition includes a broad array of artifacts such as woven fabrics, masks, and religious objects from Mesoamerica (pre-Conquest Mexico) as well as paintings by modernist masters like Rufino Tamayo, Jose Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera.

 

salt 1: Adriana Lara

May 6 - September 26, 2010

Concurrent with Las Artes de México, the UMFA announces the launch of an ongoing series of semiannual exhibitions entitled salt, which will showcase work by emerging artists from around the world. salt aims to reflect the international impact of contemporary art today, forging local connections to the global, and bringing new and diverse artwork to the city that shares the program's name. The inaugural salt exhibition features the work of Mexico City-based artist Adriana Lara (b. 1978), whose work explores the relationship between art-making and other more commonplace forms of production. Lara takes the exhibition format itself as an object of inquiry, arranging objects in unexpected, sometimes humorous configurations that foreground and dismantle the conventions of displaying and looking at art.


Lara is part of numerous collective art projects such as Pazmaker, a free distribution zine-like publication, Lasser Moderna, an experimental music band, and "Perros Negros," an art production office that proposes new platforms for discussion and artmaking. She has had solo exhibitions at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas (2009); Gaga Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2008); Galería Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2007); and Air de Paris, Paris, France (2007). Her work has been included in many group exhibitions, including San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009); Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany (2009); The Generational: Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009); and LA MAMAIN ET LA PUTAIN, Air de Paris, Paris, France (2006).

 

Pablo O'Higgins: Works on Paper

February 18 – September 19, 2010

Experience a selection of lithographs by the late Pablo O'Higgins, an artist dedicated to creating heroic depictions of the working class in revolutionary Mexico. Although he is virtually unknown in his home state of Utah, O'Higgins is remembered and celebrated in Mexico as a true artist "of the people."

 

The Continuing Allure: Painters of Utah's Red Rock

January 13 - June 27, 2010

To love the western landscape is to embrace the subtlety of a vast and mysterious desert terrain. Among the artists who conquered the obstacles of painting Utah's red rock country were Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, and Conrad Buff, just a few of the notable painters represented in this exhibition.

 

Influences of the Silk Road

November 5, 2009 - April 25, 2010

What do jade, chess, the camera obscura and Hinduism have in common? They were all exchanged on the Silk Road, of course! The Silk Road was a series of routes that crossed through Europe, the Middle East, and Asia from the first millennium B.C.E. through the second millennium C.E. In this alluring exhibition, visitors of all ages can explore objects from the Museum’s permanent collection that either traveled on the Silk Road or reflect the religions, technologies, and goods that were exchanged en route. Families and students will enjoy a treasure hunt through the exhibition and other galleries, get educational insight through an easy-to-use audio tour, and even satisfy their senses at a spice sniff station.

 

Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art

February 10, 2009 - March 1, 2010

The UMFA is proud to premiere an extraordinary exhibition of cultural and artistic treasures from the John and Marva Warnock Collection. Splendid Heritage presents 149 objects of unique artistry and cultural expression from the Native people of the Northeast and Plains.

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Desert Secrets: Photography from the UMFA's Permanent Collection

On view through January 31, 2010

Desert Secrets presents provocative images of Southwestern deserts, exploring the histories hidden in these vast, seemingly barren and uninhabited spaces. Using both traditional photographic techniques as well as newer forms of digital imaging and surveillance technology, the featured photographers engage themes of technological intrusions into the land; nuclear testing; clandestine military operations; conspiracy theories; and the mysterious appearance of the desert landscape itself.

 

Desert Secrets will be complemented by Patrick Nagatani's Nuclear Enchantment, a virtual exhibition highlighting Nagatani's work.

 

Then & Now: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art

Through September 20, 2009

This exhibition of modern and contemporary art from the UMFA’s permanent collection brings together key works from the last five decades.  The 1960s and 70s saw sweeping changes in society and politics, as well as in the realm of art, with many artists responding to pressing political concerns.  Then & Now highlights parallels between art and societal events both of the past and of our own moment, featuring a special video presentation by acclaimed British artist Phil Collins, entitled baghdad screentests (2002).

 

Karl Bodmer: Beyond the Frontier

February 27 - June 21, 2009

Explore the lives of native people and wild landscapes of the American West in this exhibition of large-scale prints by artist and adventurer Karl Bodmer. The exhibition features an original copy of Travels in the Interior of North America, a journal published in 1839 that documents the New World expedition of explorer Alexander Philipp Maximilian through Bodmer's artwork. View impressive aquatint engravings of Bodmer's drawings and sketches, and discover the new nation of America as seen by European explorers.

 

The Later Works of William Utermohlen

November 1, 2008 - January 11, 2009

After a long career working as an artist, William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1995. The Later Works exhibition chronicles his paintings from his diagnosis in 1995 to 2000 when he lost the ability to create art. A collection of primarily self-portraits, these works provide a visual narrative of the artist's experience with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The portraits express sadness, anger, anxiety and resignation, and are visually rich, intriguing, and haunting all at once.

 

An Innermost Journey: The Art of Shauna Cook Clinger

Through February 15, 2009

Remarkable artistic skill, deep-rooted passion and personal revelation fuse to create the body of art in the exhibition, An Innermost Journey by Utah artist Shauna Cook Clinger. The exhibition is a survey and celebration of Clinger's career and artwork, through an evolutionary collection of the artist's large-scale paintings created over the last thirty years.

 

Art Since 1960: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Through February 8, 2009

This installation of modern and contemporary art from the UMFA's permanent collection brings together key works from the last five decades. The exhibition narrates a succession of diverse movements and styles since the 1960's, emphasizing special concentrations within the UMFA's holdings.

 

Utah's Premier Artists: 19th Century Selections from the Mark & Nancy Peterson Collection

Through January 2008

The Mark and Nancy Peterson exhibition is comprised of a selection of extraordinary 19th Century paintings from their private collection that spans 150 years of Utah Art. These paintings were collected over a thirty-year period and represent the most important artists and images of this unique frontier period in Utah’s history.

 

Monet to Picasso from the Cleveland Museum of Art
June 23, 2008 - September 21, 2008
In summer 2008, the UMFA presented the highly acclaimed exhibition Monet to Picasso from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The show featured 100 years of European masterworks and the UMFA is privileged to be among only four North American venues selected to host this marquee international touring exhibition. The works on display in this show have never been to Utah before.

Crossroads: 5 Perspectives on Art

April 19, 2008 - May 18, 2008

Five talented artists on the cusp of graduating with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Utah- a crossroads in their career- showcase an incredible diversity of work in this 2000 square foot exhibition. Featured artists are Jeremiah Moore, McGarren Flack, Zane Lancaster, Matthew Allred and Sarah Moyer. Their paintings, drawings, photographs and a mosaic offer up a different perspective on art and human understanding. From a painted commentary on our health-ambivalent society to the vibrant and shining tiles of uplifting of a community mosaic, the eclectic works in this mixed-media exhibition offer powerful visual translations of the individual thoughts and experiences of each potential graduate. Join us as we celebrate the creative ability and impressive accomplishments of these up-and-coming artists!


Forgotten Splendor: Echo and Weber Canyons

January 25, 2008 - April 20, 2008

Motorists zipping along Interstates 80 and 84 in Northeastern Utah are seldom aware they are traveling through what was once one of the most famous landscapes in the world - Echo and Weber Canyons. In 1860 the famed British traveler Sir Richard Burton exclaimed, “Echo [C]anyon has but one fault: Its sublimity will make all similar features look tame.” By the late nineteenth century the canyons of Echo and Weber, Utah, the “Gateway” to the Intermountain West, were considered a veritable showcase of geological phenomena.


Sheila Pepe, Colby Brewer & ME!!

March 21, 2008 - April 24, 2008

Be a part of art, a 14,000 cubic feet art installation to be exact. This art installation will a participatory experience, aspiring artists, knitters- anyone with a desire to be a part of something big will be needed to complete this sculpture, drawing, and installation hybrid.


Natural Revelations

January 11, 2008 - April 13, 2008

UMFA is pleased to host a solo exhibition of large-scale acrylic landscapes by well known artist Susan Swartz. Swartz has been painting for over forty years on both American coasts, Southern France and Africa. She was commissioned to do commemorative artwork for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games and was the recipient of the “Mansion Artist of the Year” award by Utah Governor Michael Leavitt. In April 2005 she was invited to be a visiting artist at Harvard Divinity School. In December 2005 she was published in a collectors book by Gibbs Smith titled Painters of the Wasatch Mountains–which illustrates the distinct painting development regarding the American West’s Wasatch Range emergent in the 19th century, succeeding the Hudson River School in the East.


Suitcase Paintings: Small Scale Work by Abstract Expressionists

January 19, 2008 - March 29, 2008

When most people think about Abstract Expressionism they think big --- big ideas, big emotions, big action and big scale. Many of the groundbreaking abstract expressionist painters of the post World War II years were famous for pushing the limits of scale, using the canvas as a field (sometimes literally) to act upon. However, this exhibition of about sixty works presents another side of Abstract Expressionist. The artists exhibited in this show created lesser-known, small-scale, paintings of intense beauty that exhibit all the bravura and energy found in their larger and more acclaimed works.


Cinderella: Masks, Magic and Mirrors

September 2, 2007 - March 31, 2008

Working with materials from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, this exhibit explores such key themes as servitude, disguise, false worth (the vain stepsisters), and real worth (at first recognized only by the fairy godmother), as well as such familiar and celebrated Cinderella motifs as pumpkins, shoes, jewelry, and beautiful clothing. Co-curators Virginia Catherall, Megan Hallett, and Audrey Thompson focus on "Masks, Magic, and Mirrors" to highlight questions of self-knowledge and self-deception (mirrors), unreliable knowledge of others (masks), and the wisdom (magic) needed to appreciate real worth.


Picturing the West: Masterworks of 19th Century Landscape Photography

October 6, 2007 - December 30, 2007

Picturing the West is an exhibition of over 32 stunning nineteenth century American Western landscape photographs. Featuring works by such artists as Carleton Watkins, William Henry Jackson, Eadweard Muybridge and F. Jay Haynes, Picturing the West allows viewers the rare opportunity to directly compare and contrast different techniques of photographing the Western landscape.



Andy Warhol's Dream America: Screenprints from the Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

October 4, 2007 - January 6, 2008

This splendid opportunity to see up close and personal approximately 100 screenprints by internationally acclaimed artist Andy Warhol is not to be missed.

 


Passion For Form: Selections of Southeast Asian Art from the MacLean Collection

June 9, 2007 - September 23, 2007

Passion for Form: Selections of Southeast Asian Art from the MacLean Collection, a delightful traveling exhibition will be hosted by the UMFA in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery from June 7 to September 23, 2007. This exhibition showcases the myriad shapes and forms distinct to Southeast Asian art.


Natural Beauty (“Khwaam ngaam thaang tham chaat”)

June 9, 2007 - September 23, 2007

Natural Beauty (“Khwaam ngaam thaang tham chaat”) This companion exhibition to Passion for Form runs concurrently in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery, June 7 to September 23, 2007. This exhibition explores the history and tradition of Theravada or “Old Way” Buddhism which is infused in with the culture of Thailand and Cambodia.



Head Trip: Around the World in Forty Hats

April 14, 2007 - August 12, 2007

What do an American bicycle helmet and a Native American Plains Feathered Headdress have in common? Both are worn for protection. How about a Misango Mayaka Hat from the Democratic Republic of Congo and a Dutch lace cap? Both reveal the wearers’ social status.


The Art of Robert Sabuda: Travels in Time and Space

April 6, 2007 - September 9, 2007

A wide variety of audiences will marvel at the artwork and paper engineering of Robert Sabuda. Sabuda’s intricate design and vivid use of color capture on paper a world of enchantment. He illustrates, often writes, and also formulates the special effects for his books.


The Quintet of Rembrance

March 2, 2007 - May 15, 2007

This video installation by artist Bill Viola is one of four works which comprise the Quintet Series created for the Passions Project. In this work, Viola uses today’s technology to translate the timeless themes represented by artists throughout history, into a new medium.


Brian Kershisnik: Painting From Life

February 16, 2007 - July 1, 2007

UMFA is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by celebrated artist Brian Kershisnik of Kanosh, Utah. Kershisnik has earned a nationwide following for his moving and metaphoric paintings of people in moments of quiet transcendence. His works capture both human vulnerability and elation. Nuances in relationships, particularly marriage come through in his paintings.


The Guild of Book Workers 100th Anniversary Exhibition

February 10, 2007 - March 19, 2007

The Guild of Book Workers 100th Anniversary Exhibition highlights recent works of many of the best bookbinders and book artists in America. Entries run the gamut from traditional bindings and historicstructures, to pop-ups and other playful book forms, to purelysculptural works. Leather bindings stand alongside works fashioned from aluminum or PVC. Text and imagery are produced by numerous printmaking methods, calligraphy, photography and digital output. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Marriott Library Book Arts Program.


              
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