Heritage, history, and art highlight the month’s activities at the Museum!
SPECIAL FREE 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 thirty-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
Learn more about Las Artes de México on a docent-led tour! 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.
Entre Pancho Villa y una Mujer Desnuda (1996)
September 1 • 6 pm @ SLC Main Library • Spanish with English subtitles
Director and playwright Sabina Berman crafted an entertaining romantic comedy in Entre Pancho Villa y Una Mujer Desnuda. Gina, a modern businesswoman, develops a spicy relationship with a journalist named Adrian. When Gina helps Adrian write a book about Pancho Villa, she realizes that their relationship is similar to those in Villa’s shallow love life, and a battle between the sexes unfolds. This film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles, and a discussion led by University of Utah Professor Elena Shtromberg will follow.
Temporada de Patos (2004)
September 11 • 2 pm @ SLC Main Library • Spanish with English subtitles
Fourteen-year-old best friends Flama and Moko have all they need for a perfect Sunday afternoon, until the power goes out. What can two teens do without electricity? Plenty. Written and directed by Fernando Eimbcke, Duck Season is the winner of many honors in its native Mexico and at world festivals. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. A discussion will follow the film.
“Stalking the Folk Art of Latin America” Lecture by Dr. Marion Oettinger
September 1 • 7 pm
Learn more about the objects in Las Artes de México and the Museum’s permanent collection in this free public lecture by Dr. Marion Oettinger, Jr., Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art. Oettinger will discuss Latin American folk art as a continuation of the artistic expressions of pre-Columbian and colonial cultures in Mexico, Central America, and South America. This program is generously supported by the Utah Humanities Council.
Poetry reading with Mónica de la Torre
September 2 • 3:30 pm
Enjoy a free poetry reading and conversation with acclaimed New York City-based poet, Mónica de la Torre. Co-sponsored by the University of Utah Department of English and Creative Writing Program.
Author Talk: “Becoming Pablo O’Higgins”
September 8 • 6:30 pm
See the UMFA’s special exhibition, Pablo O’Higgins: Works on Paper, before it closes, and then meet author Susan Vogel in this free public lecture. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the blond-haired, blue-eyed artist from Salt Lake City who moved to Mexico and became one of the world’s famous political graphic artists.
Mexican Independence Day
September 15 • 10 am–8 pm
In honor of Mexican Independence Day, the UMFA will open its doors to the public and offer free admission. Experience Las Artes de México before it closes.
Curator Talk: “Painting Utah’s Mount Olympus”
September 15 • 6:30 pm
In this free lecture by Donna Poulton, UMFA Associate Curator of Art of Utah and the West, you will gain insight into the majesty of this massive natural wonder and explore work by the artists who sought to recreate Mount Olympus on canvas.
Third Saturday for Families: Animal Sculpture
September 18 • 2–4 pm
Be inspired by animals in art and then create our own pet sculptures to take home. Third Saturday is funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo Arts and Parks Program.
CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS: LAST CHANCE!
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.