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Lectures and Programs



The UMFA offers a variety of lectures and programming related to our traveling exhibitions, the UMFA permanent collection, and visiting artists. Please contact the education department for more information | 801.581.3580.

Chamber Music Series | FREE
Wednesday, September 2 | 7 pm
Explore the intersection of music and visual art as the Utah Graduate Spring Quartet performs pieces by French Impressionistic composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, as well as contemporary jazz by American composer Jeremy Cohen. We invite you to wander through the galleries of The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces from National Museum Wales while you listen to the program and discover parallel expressions in the music and the paintings. 

Yoga at the UMFA | FREE
Tuesday, September 15 | 1:30-2:30 pm
Renowned local yoga instructor Scott Moore will lead free yoga classes in the UMFA Great Hall. These classes will explore the connections between the practice of yoga and the experience of art. Limited mats are available.  

In Conversation: Brian Bress | FREE
Thursday, September 17
Exhibition Preview | 4 pm
Artist and Curator in Conversation | 5 pm
Reception | 6 pm
In Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends, the twelfth installment of the salt series, Bress's works will be installed throughout our permanent collection-engaging with old European paintings, Native American objects, and modern works-resulting in a truly unique experience of the galleries. Preview the exhibition, then join curator of modern and contemporary art Whitney Tassie in conversation with the artist, reception follows.

Yoga at the UMFA | FREE
Tuesday, September 22 | 1:30-2:30 pm

Open Mic Night | FREE
Wednesday, September 23 | 4-5 pm
In collaboration with the University of Utah's undergraduate student literary magazine, The Canticle, the UMFA welcomes students for a night of self-expression (and free food and coffee!). Contact Iris Moulton for more information. 

Yoga at the UMFA | FREE
Tuesday, September 29 | 1:30-2:30 pm

An Evening with Mr. Turner
Wednesday, September 30
Museum admission | 5-8 pm | $5*
Film screening | 7 pm | FREE

Explore the work and life of legendary landscape painter J. M. W. Turner during this special Wednesday evening event at the UMFA. From 5 to 8 pm, the Museum will offer $5 admission to The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces from National Museum Wales-featuring six paintings by Turner, among dozens of other masterworks. At 7 pm, the critically acclaimed film Mr. Turner (2014) will be screened, free to all visitors, in the UMFA's Katherine W. Dumke and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium.

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the life of this eccentric, anarchic, vulnerable, imperfect, erratic, and sometimes uncouth artist. The film portrays the tensions and contrasts between this very mortal man and his timeless work. Directed by Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner runs 150 minutes and is rated R. Mr. Turner is co-presented with the Utah Film Center as part of the UMFA's Fall Film Series: Creativity in Focus. Additional support is provided by CUAC and Modern West Fine Art.

The Museum Cafe will offer food and beverages for purchase until 7 pm. For information on parking and public transportation, please visit umfa.utah.edu/directions. The British Passion for Landscape is on view through December 13, 2015. Regular admission during the run of the show is $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and youth ages 6-18.

*Patrons who qualify for free admission will be admitted free to this event.    

Community Meet-Up at Spiral Jetty | FREE
Saturday, October 3 | 10 am-2 pm
Join the UMFA and Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College for a fun day of art and science at Spiral Jetty. UMFA members, families, teachers, and students of all ages are invited to explore the landscape, create art, and learn about the environment of the lake. Meet at Spiral Jetty on Rozel Point in Great Salt Lake. Directions to Spiral Jetty

Chamber Music Series | FREE
Wednesday, October 21 | 7 pm
Like British landscape painters, British art song composers and poets were also inspired by the beauty of nature that surrounded them.  The voice studio of Dr. Seth Keeton will present a recital of Romantic English Song featuring works by composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth, Gerald Finzi, and Ivor Gurney. We invite you to wander through the galleries of The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces from National Museum Wales while you listen to the program and discover parallel expressions in the music and the paintings.   

Curator Talk: Tim Barringer | FREE
The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces from National Museum Wales
Thursday, October 22 | 7–9 pm
Tim Barringer, co-curator of The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces from National Museum Wales and Yale University's Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, will give a free public lecture titled "Nature and Industrialization in British and American Art." Barringer will introduce main themes in the exhibition, discuss the emergence of landscape painting as solace from the industrial world, and examine the changing identity of landscape art as environmental concerns took on a modern form. Barringer will be available for Q&A following his lecture.

Chamber Music Series | FREE
Wednesday, November 18 | 7 pm

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