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There's something for everyone at the UMFA this summer. A variety of free public programs complement Las Artes de México, and we hope that you and your family will join us for these fun and educational events.


Ongoing Programs

Highlight Tours
Daily (Tuesday-Sunday) at 12:30pm

Let a UMFA docent take you on a tour of Las Artes de México! This free, 30-minute tour explores the art and culture of Mexico, focusing on a few highlight objects. No registration necessary.

**Please click HERE to see a list of Spanish and family-specific tours.

Family Backpacks
Available during operating hours
Attention art adventurers! The UMFA has just what you need as you embark on your journey through ancient Mexican and pre-Columbian art during your Las Artes de México visit. Be sure to stop by the front desk and request a family backpack, which contains puzzles, hands-on objects, books, fun activities, and all other items you'll need to explore some of the most interesting objects in the Museum.

**This program is offered in both English and Spanish.

Family Treasure Hunt
Available during operating hours

Las Artes de México is full of treasures from dozens of cultures and time periods, and we need your help to find them all. Pick up your bookmark of clues at the front desk to solve a mystery of Mexican art and culture.

**This program is offered in both English and Spanish.

Available during operating hours
Are you looking for a more in-depth explanation and exploration of Las Artes de México? If so, please pick up a personal MP3 player at the Museum's front desk. The Las Artes de México audio tour will guide you through objects of particular significance in the exhibition, offering a deeper understanding of Mexican art and culture.

**This program is offered in both English and Spanish.

Special Events

Evening for Educators
Wednesday, March 10 • 5:30-8:30pm

At this special event for teachers and educators, the UMFA will focus on Mexican art from the permanent collection and Las Artes de México to help teachers use a variety of approaches for incorporating art into their classroom. Teachers from all disciplines and grade levels are welcome. Packets containing images of artworks from the Museum's collection, information about art, biographies of the artists and lesson plans with across-the-curriculum lessons will be provided. State-in-service credit is available.

Click HERE to view our Mexican Folk Art and Pre-Columbian Art Lesson Plans

A Conversation with Adriana Lara
Thursday, May 6 • 7pm

Join Dr. Jill Dawsey, UMFA Acting Chief Curator, for a conversation with salt 1 artist, Adriana Lara. Learn about her artistic practice and be among the first to experience salt and Las Artes de México.

Las Artes de México Gala & Art Auction
Saturday, May 8 • 6-10pm

Experience Las Artes de México on opening weekend at Celebración!, a gala event. Sip signature cocktails, indulge in fine Mexican cuising from Frida Bistro, enjoy live music, and become the new owner of select paintings by Utah's top artists. All proceeds support the UMFA's statewide education outreach programs, which provide the only exposure many Utah school children receive to the visual arts. For more information, please visit or contact us by emailing  or calling 801.585.9880.

Third Saturday
Decorate Your Own T-Shirt
Saturday, May 15 • 2-4pm

Community: Eat, Work, Play is a collaborative exhibition between the UMFA and Lincoln Elementary school where students investigated through paint the importance of eating, working and playing in their Salt Lake community. Join us to celebrate their work and be inspired to create your own.

How-to Workshop
Tuesday, May 18 • 7-9pm • Salt Lake City Main Public Library
Thursday, July 1 • 7-9pm • Sprague Public Library

How do you look at art? Is there a right and wrong way to examine an art piece? UMFA Tour Coordinator Annie Burbidge-Ream will teach you all about art appreciation in this free seminar at your local public library. It's the perfect way to prep for your visit to Las Artes de México!

How-to Workshop for Families
Saturday, June 12 • 2-4pm • Salt Lake City Main Library
Saturday, August 14 • 2-4pm • Day-Riverside Public Library

How do you experience art as a family? Join UMFA Tour Coordinator Annie Burbidge-Ream for a free seminar at your local public library. This class will teach you and your kids how to love and learn about art and culture of the world, with a special emphasis on Las Artes de México.

Third Saturday: Yarn Painting
Saturday, June 19 • 2-4pm

Explore the use of yarn and cloth as art materials in Las Artes de México and then create a one-of-a-kind wall hanging that tells the story of you.

Making Art with the UMFA
Saturday, June 26 • 2-4 pm • Day-Riverside Library
Saturday, July 10 • 2-4pm • Salt Lake City Main Public Library
Saturday, July 31 • 2-4pm • Sprague Public Library

Join UMFA staff members at your local library to learn all about Las Artes de México and then create a work of art to take home.

Artful Afternoon
Saturday, July 17, 2010 • 1-4pm

It's a party at the Museum, and the whole family is invited! Join us for our Artful Afternoon, a free day of fun activities celebrating the art and culture of Mexico. We'll look at the exhibition, make our own art objects, listen to stories, watch performances, and go on a treasure hunt. This is not to be missed!

Third Saturday: Jewelry Making
Saturday, August 21 • 2-4pm

Make a work of art that you can wear around town. Come to the UMFA to see jewelry upstairs and down, and then use that inspiration to create your own amulets with beads and baubles.

Poetry reading with Mónica de la Torre
Thursday, September 2 • 3:30pm
Mónica de la Torre is the author of the poetry books Talk Shows (Switchback, 2007); Acúfenos, a collection in Spanish published in 2006 in Mexico City by Taller Ditoria; and Public Domain (Roof Books, 2008). She is co-author of the artist book Appendices, Illustrations & Notes, available on She co-edited the anthology Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (Copper Canyon Press, 2002) and the anthology of post-Latino writing Malditos latinos, malditos sudacas: Poesía hispanoamericana Made in USA published recently in Mexico City. She translated the poetry books Poems by Gerardo Deniz (Lost Roads) and Mauve Sea-Orchids by Lila Zemborain (Belladonna Books). She is a NYFA 2009 fellow in poetry and senior editor at BOMB Magazine.This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program.


Author Talk: Becoming Pablo O'Higgins
Wednesday, September 8 • 6pm

See Pablo O'Higgins: Works on Paper before it closes, and then meet Susan Vogel, author of Becoming Pablo O'Higgins. Vogel is a freelance writer and recipient of the Utah Humanities Council grant to research and write about O'Higgins, which she has done for the last 20 years. Don't miss the chance to learn more about the amazing story of the blond-haired, blue-eyed artist from Salt Lake City, Utah who moved to Mexico and became one of the world's most famous political graphic artists.

Mexican Independence Day
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • 10 am-8pm

Celebrate Mexico's Independence at the UMFA! In honor of Mexican Independence Day, the Museum is opening its doors to all visitors for free. Come experience Las Artes de México before it leaves our galleries later this month.

Third Saturday for Families: Animal Sculpture
September, September 18 • 2-4pm
The UMFA is filled with animals of all different kinds. You can find them painted, sculpted, photographed and printed everywhere you look. On this Third Saturday, we will be inspired by animals in art and then create our own pet sculptures to take home.

Film Series

Las Artes de México on the big screen! Learn more about the art and culture of Mexico through a series of innovative films at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Salt Lake City Public Library. Please check our events calendar for further information.

August 07 • 2 pm @ UMFA • ¡Que Viva Mexico!
(1931 • Russian w/ English subtitles • Not Rated • Contains adult content)
Having revolutionized film editing through such masterworks of montage as Potemkin and Strike, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein emigrated west in hopes of testing the capabilities of the American film industry. Quickly ostracized from Hollywood, Eisenstein, Grigory Alexandrov and photographer Eduard Tisse (at the urging of author Upton Sinclair) wandered south of the border where they began filming a highly stylized documentary on the people and volatile social climate of Mexico. Unfortunatly, a lack of funds prohibited the film’s completion and the famed director was unable to edit the film. In 1979, by referring to Eisenstein’s extensive notes and sketches, Alexandrov assembled the most definitive version of the film – as close to Eisenstein’s vision as one is ever likely to come.
A discussion will follow the film.
This film series is co-sponsored by The City Library, with support from the SLC Film Center.


August 14 • 2 pm @ UMFA • Los Olvidados
(1950 • Spanish w/ English subtitles • Not Rated • Contains adult content)
The winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados (aka The Forgotten Ones or The Young and the Damned) was the director's first international box-office success. Yet Buñuel showed no signs of curbing the outrageous iconoclasm that made him famous in Europe and South America; one of the more lasting images of the film is the clash-of-cultures shot of a glistening new skyscraper rising above the squalid slums of Mexico City. The story concerns a gang of juvenile delinquents, whose sole redeeming quality is their apparent devotion to one another. Part of the film's perverse fascination is watching Buñuel's street punks cause misery to those less fortunate. The audience immediately identifies with Pedro (Alfonso Mejía), the youngest gang member, who evinces a spark of decency; yet Pedro, like the others, remains a victim of circumstances far beyond his control. Throughout, Buñuel maintains an objective tone; it is our responsibility, not his, to judge the gang members. Seasoned with haunting dream sequences, Los Olvidados was the opening volley in what would turn out to be Buñuel's most creative period. - Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
A discussion will follow the film.
This film series is co-sponsored by The City Library, with support from the SLC Film Center.


August 21 • 2 pm @ SLC Main Library • Macario
(1960 • Spanish w/ English subtitles • Not Rated • Contains adult content)
B. Traven, the reclusive author of Treasure of the Sierra Madre, used an old Mexican folk tale as the basis for his novel The Third Guest. The book was in turn adapted for film as Macario. Ignacio Tarso plays a poverty-stricken peasant who goes on a hunger strike, hoping that someone will take pity on him and give him a turkey dinner. Torres' wife Pina Pellecier steals a turkey, and just as Torres is about to wolf down his food, he is visited by Death (Enrique Lucerio). The grim reaper offers to bestow magical powers upon Torres in exchange for part of the meal. Torres is gifted with the ability to restore health to sick people, but he is permitted to utilize this gift only upon persons of Death's choosing. At first, Torres is lauded as a hero, but before long he is being shunned as an instrument of Satan. Torres' last-ditch effort to redeem himself causes him to renege on his bargain with Death…and you know what that means. - Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
A discussion will follow the film.
This film series is co-sponsored by The City Library, with support from the SLC Film Center.


August 25 • 6 pm @ UMFA • Danzón
(1991 • Spanish w/ English subtitles • Not Rated • Contains adult content)
Spending the bulk of her time working and raising her child alone, Julia's life is filled with mundane grays. The only color in her life comes from her Wednesday night trips to Mexico City where she dances the danzon with her long-time partner Carmelo. But one night, she goes to dance and Carmelo is not there. At first puzzled, and then obsessed, she embarks upon a search that not only solves the mystery of his disappearance, but also leads her down a path of personal discovery and renewal. This drama earned international acclaim and was the first Mexican film to premiere at Cannes in over a decade. - Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide. Directed by María Novaro.
A discussion will follow the film.
This film series is co-sponsored by The City Library, with support from the SLC Film Center.


September 01 • 6 pm @ SLC Main • Entre Pancho Villa y una Mujer Desnuda
(1996 • Spanish w/ English subtitles • Not Rated • Contains adult content)
Mexico's most famous bandito rides again only to find himself defeated in the war between the sexes in this romantic comedy from debuting director Sabina Berman, the author of the play on which the screenplay is based. Gina, a forty-something year-old divorcee is ready to settle down again. Unfortunately, her free-thinking intellectual of a boy friend Adrian wants commitment free sex and nothing more. It just so happens that Adrian is writing a book about Pancho Villa and has come to embrace the outlaw's macho values when it comes to women. Finding his macho attitudes decidedly unfulfilling Gina dumps Adrian in favor of a sensitive, New Agey and much younger man, Ismael. To staunch the copious bleeding of his wounded pride, Adrian immediately embarks upon a campaign to win Gina back. The spirit of Villa comes to Adrian's aide, giving him advice at every turn. Unfortunately, Villa's attitudes died many years ago and every time his suggestions fail, a horrible, bloody wound appears on his ghostly body. Will Adrian ever learn his lesson and let his macho posturing die with his hero? - Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
A discussion led by Art History Professor Elena Shtromberg will follow the film.
This film series is co-sponsored by The City Library, with support from the SLC Film Center.


September 11 • 2 pm @ SLC Main Library • Temporada de Patos
(2004 • Spanish w/ English subtitles • Rated R • Contains adult content)
No cool place to hang out. No wheels. No problem! With vid games, cola and the phone number of the local Telepizza, 14-year-old best friends Flama and Moko have all they need for a perfect Sunday afternoon. Then the power goes out - big problem! What can two teens do without electricity? Plenty. And that's the charm of Duck Season, written and directed by Fernando Eimbcke and the winner of many honors in its native Mexico and at world festivals. Joining Flama and Moko in their day of fun (and growing up) is a sweet-16 neighbor who drops in to bake her own birthday cake (with a secret ingredient!), and a pizza deliveryman who refuses to leave after the guys wont pay because he's 11 seconds late. You're only young once. But the innocent joys and coming-of-age insights of a day like this can last a lifetime.
A discussion will follow the film.
This film series is co-sponsored by The City Library, with support from the SLC Film Center.


Adult Classes

Lifelong Learning Classes for Adults
In collaboration with Lifelong Learning at the University of Utah, the UMFA will offer an in-depth adult art history class and a Spanish language conversational class, both focused specifically on Las Artes de México.

Mexican Art and Culture
Wednesday, July 28 - Wednesday, Auguest 4 • 6 - 8 pm

Brush up on your Spanish speaking skills in this conversation class for adults! Explore the ancient, folk, and modern objects on view in Las Artes de México, then discuss the country's rich history and culture using its native language. Not an advanced speaker? No problem. The class is appropriate for intermediate speakers; Spanish will be spoken slowly, and explanations will be given in English as needed. Note los pierdas!

The fee for this class is $49 plus a $4 special fee. The course, LLLAN 403-001, will be taught by Alma Yanagui at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. To register for the adult classes, call U of U Lifelong Learning at 801.587.5433 or visit

The Art of Mexico: Ancient to Modern
Wednesdays, July 7 - 21 • 6 - 8 pm

Learn about Mexican art and culture and impress your friends with your new knowledge in this art history class for adults. Bernadette Brown, retired UMFA curator, will walk you through the history of Mexican art forms from 3,000 BCE to the early twentieth century, focusing on threee primary motifs: the eagle, the jaguar, and the serpent. Co-sponsored by the UMFA.

The fee for this class is $69. The course, LLPOT 711-011 will be taught at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. To register for the adult classes, call U of U Lifelong Learning at 801.587.5433 or visit

OSHER COURSE - Las Artes de México
Wednesday, September 22 • 1 - 3 pm

Learn about Las Artes de México in this special class for senior citizens. Art historian Bernadette Brown will trace the history of art and culture in the area, from pre-conquest to modern-day Mexico. Please contact 801.585.7163 for more information.

Classes for Children

Making Art: Mom, Dad and Me
A class for parents and their pre-schoolers or pre-pre-schoolers ages 2 - 5! We will create one-of-a-kind paintings, masks, sculptures and frames for beginning artists with storytelling, hands-on art objects and strolls through the galleries.

Session 1 / July 6 - 9, 2010
Session 2 / July 13 - 16, 2010
TWThF • 10 am - 12 pm
Ages 2 - 5 • $80 + $20 special fee
Call 801.581.6984 to register

Colors of Mexico
Our exhibition, Las Artes De Mexico, is the inspiration for colorful activities, stories, songs and games. Discover white skeletons, green jade and elaborate red costumes dyed with the cochineal bug! We will make works of art inspired by ancient art of the Maya and Aztecs, Mexican folk art and modern art. Kids will become world travelers and discover the beautiful artwork, language and culture of Mexico!

July 19 - 22, 2010
MTWTh • 10 am - 12:30 pm
Ages 6 - 12 • $80 + $20 special fee
Call 801.581.6984 to register

Young Curators
Learn about cultures from around the world, handle fine art objects, and curate your own display! Kids will have fun in this behind-the-scenes experience and find out about the many different jobs in a museum: artist, archeologist, curator, and conservator. During the class we will tour the museum, investigate objects and materials, and discover how exhibitions tell a story through hands on art-making.

July 27 - 30, 2010
TWThF • 10 am - 12:30 pm
Ages 9 - 12 • $80 + $20 special fee
Call 801.581.6984 to register

Members-Only Events

Las Artes de Mexico Members Preview
Wednesday, May 5 • 6 - 8 pm
UMFA members will be the first to see Las Artes de México before it opens to the public! Docents will provide group tours in English and Spanish every thirty minutes. Children and families will enjoy the new Las Artes de México Family Backpack, a hands-on-artmaking activity, and a special family treasure hunt.

Art in Two Parts! Classes for Members
Don't miss three unique learning opportunities for UMFA members and their kids, all inspired by the art and culture of Mexico! Parents and grandparents will enjoy an engaging curator-led gallery talk and, at the same time, kids will participate in creative artmaking activities in the classroom.

Each class is $30 and includes registration for one adult and one child. Additional adults or children are $10 each. Children must be 5 - 12 years of age. Space is limited. Register for one or all three by contacting Jessica Peterson at 801.585.0464 or email

Saturday, June 5 • 11 am -12:30 pm
From Paul to Pablo: A Utah Artist's Journey to Mexico

FOR YOU: Gallery talk led by Dr. Donna Poulton, Curator of Utah and Western Art.
FOR YOUR KIDS: Working Big - communicating through printmaking and painted canvas.

Saturday, June 12 • 11 am - 12:30 pm
Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art

FOR YOU: Gallery talk led by Dr. Jill Dawsey, Acting Chief Curator/Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
FOR YOUR KIDS: Found object sculptures.

Saturday, June 19 • 11 am - 12:30 pm
From the Jaguar to El Tigre: Mexican Folk Art Traditions

FOR YOU: Gallery talk led by Bernadette Brown, retired UMFA Curator of Africa, Oceania, and New World Art.
FOR YOUR KIDS: Mexican masks and animal symbols.

For more information on how to become a UMFA member, please visit , or contact Jessica Peterson at  or 801.585.0464.


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