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Thursday, July 22, 2010

August Events @ UMFA (SLC)

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
August 2010

Join us this August for intriguing exhibitions and enthralling events!


Highlights of the Collection Tour
First Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm and all Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30pm
Let a UMFA docent take you on a 30-minute tour of the world’s art and cultures. No pre-registration necessary.

Highlights of Las Artes de México Tour
Tuesday–Sunday at 12:30pm
Let a UMFA docent take you on a tour of Las Artes de México! This free, thirty-minute tour explores the art and culture of Mexico, focusing on a few highlight objects. No registration necessary.
**Please check the website for Spanish tours and family tours.

Las Artes de México Film Series
Learn more about Las Artes de México through a series of innovative films at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Salt Lake City Library. All films contain adult themes, are not rated, and will be followed by a discussion. This program is supported by the Salt Lake Film Center.

¡Que Viva Mexico! (1931)
Saturday, August 7 at 2 pm • Utah Museum of Fine Arts • Russian with English subtitles
Famed Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein emigrated west in hopes of testing the capabilities of the American film industry. Quickly ostracized from Hollywood, Eisenstein wandered south of the border and began filming a highly stylized documentary on the volatile social climate of Mexico. Unfortunately, a lack of funds prohibited the film’s completion. In 1979, by referring to Eisenstein’s extensive notes and sketches, Grigory Alexandrov assembled the most definitive version of the film – as close to original director’s vision as one is ever likely to come.

Los Olvidados (1950)
Saturday, August 14 at 2 pm • Utah Museum of Fine Arts • Spanish with English subtitles
The winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados (The Forgotten Ones) was the director's first international box-office success. Set in the slums of Mexico City, this haunting, fascinating film follows a gang of juvenile delinquents who cause misery to those less fortunate. Throughout, Buñuel maintains an objective tone; it is our responsibility, not his, to judge the gang members. (Excerpt by Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide)

Macario (1960)
Saturday, August 21 at 2 pm • SLC Main Public Library • Spanish with English subtitles
The first Mexican film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film in a Foreign Language, Macario is based on a novel by B. Traven entitled The Third Guest. Set in Colonial Mexico, the film tells the tale of an enraged peasant at the edge of starvation. His wife steals a turkey, but before Macario can eat it, he is visited by the Devil, God, and Death, all in the guise of different men.

Danzón (1991)
Wednesday, August 25 at 6 pm • Utah Museum of Fine Arts • Spanish with English subtitles
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. (Description by Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide)

How-to Workshop for Families
Saturday, August 14 from 2–4 pm • 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 learn about art and culture, with a special emphasis on Las Artes de México.

Third Saturday for Families: Jewelry Making
Saturday, August 21 from 2 – 4 pm
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.


Pablo O'Higgins: Works on Paper
On view through September 19, 2010
This exhibition presents a selection of lithographs by Pablo O’Higgins, focusing on the artist’s 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.” Born Paul Higgins in 1904, he attended East High School, where he took art classes from painter LeConte Stewart. The young artist was attracted to the vibrant art scene in Mexico and eventually became one of the few Anglo artists welcomed into the Mexican muralist movement.

Las Artes de México
From the Gilcrease Museum
On view through September 26, 2010
Celebrate the richness of Mexican art and culture at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts this summer. On loan from the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Las Artes de México features a broad array of artifacts such as woven fabrics, masks, and religious objects from Mesoamerica, as well as groundbreaking paintings by modernist masters like Rufino Tamayo, Jose Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera. All label text is available in English and Spanish.

salt 1: Adriana Lara
On view through September 26, 2010
Concurrent with Las Artes de México, the UMFA is launching an ongoing series of semiannual exhibitions entitled salt, which showcases work by emerging artists from around the world. 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. Working in a range of formats and disciplines, Lara playfully questions the boundaries that separate fine art from everyday objects.

Painting Utah’s Mount Olympus
On view 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.' For the past 150 years, some of Utah's most talented artists, including Lee Greene Richards, Gilbert Munger, Edwin Deaken, Anton Rasmussen, David Meikle, and others, have attempted to do justice to this silent sentinel. Through their work, the home of the gods is immortalized in Painting Utah’s Mount Olympus.

Community: Eat, Work, Play
On view through January 9, 2011
Big canvases, bold colors, and intriguing ideas are on offer in Community: Eat, Work, Play. With the help of UMFA educators, first- and sixth-graders from Lincoln Elementary School created large-scale murals that visually represent the various aspects of the title: eat, work, and play.


Utah Museum of Fine Arts
University of Utah Campus
Marcia & John Price Museum Building
410 Campus Center Dr
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
(801) 581-7332

Museum Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Mondays and holidays, including July 4, 5, and 24.
Visit our website: umfa.utah.edu

General Admission
Adults $7
Youth (ages 6-18) $5
Seniors & Students $5
Children under 6 FREE
U students, staff & faculty FREE
Higher education students in Utah FREE

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