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Monday, January 24, 2011

February @ the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (SLC)

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Shelbey Peterson, 801-585-1306

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
February 2011


Helen Levitt Photographs
February 24-June 12, 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. Together these works highlight Levitt's astonishing capacity for capturing lyrical and mysterious moments in the everyday life of the city.


Highlights of the Collection Tour
First Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm and all Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm
Explore the UMFA galleries through a thirty-minute tour with a trained docent. No pre-registration necessary; free with paid admission.

African Art Class for Adults
Wednesdays, February 2 and 9 • 6-8 pm
In this two-week class for adults, participants will discover the beauty of African masks and artifacts, as well as the rich history and culture of the region. A portion of each class will be spent in the Museum's special exhibition, Africa: Arts of a Continent. This class will be taught by Bernadette Brown, retired curator of African, Oceanic, and New World art. Co-sponsored by U of U Academic Outreach and Continuing Education. Call U of U Lifelong Learning at 801.587.5433 to register.

Chamber Music Series
Wednesday, February 16 • 7 pm
Experience the harmonious convergence of music and art at the UMFA. On this Wednesday evening, students from the University of Utah School of Music will gather in the Museum’s galleries to perform musical masterpieces inspired by art.

Third Saturday for Families: Finger Puppets
Saturday, February 19 • 1-4 pm
The UMFA’s galleries are full of portraits from all over the world. On this Third Saturday, we will use these people and their fantastic costumes as subject matter for finger puppets! We will make two different characters so they can “walk and talk” and tell their artistic stories.

Gallery Talks: “Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity”
Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27 • 2 pm
Gain insight into the Collecting Knowledge: Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity exhibition as student curators highlight specific objects and their stories through a series of gallery talks. No registration necessary; free with paid admission.


The Ideal Landscape
On view through February 6, 2011
Experience thirteen Chinese landscape paintings dating from the Ming dynasty to the twentieth century in The Ideal Landscape. These artworks do not recreate a landscape, but instead conjure an ideal scene imagined by the painter.

Trevor Southey: Reconciliation
On view through February 13, 2011
This retrospective of the life and work of artist Trevor Southey gives prominence to four life passages, concluding with the reconciliation of his life decisions as expressed in his revised artistic approach to the human form. The UMFA thanks the Bastian Foundation, Jim Dabakis, and Tom and Mary McCarthey for their generous support of this exhibition.

Yayoi Kusama: Decades
On view through February 13, 2011
View 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.

Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art
On view through February 13, 2011
Warhol, Katz, and Arneson, all in one room! Faces brings together classic works of Pop Art and more recent Pop-inflected works, with a focus on the human face and figure.

salt 2: Sophie Whettnall
On view 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) engages the temporal nature of video as a medium, and explores the relationship between the self and its surroundings in a world of increasing transience and dislocation.

Collecting Knowledge: Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity
On view 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. Organized by four graduate students from the University of Utah Department of Art and Art History, 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.

Don Olsen: Abstracts from Nature
On view through August 15, 2011
This special exhibition commemorates the 100th birthday of abstract Utah artist Don Olsen (1910-1983). A student of Hans Hoffmann, Olsen created abstract expressionist works using volumes, colors, and shapes derived from nature. Through large-scale paintings spanning more than forty years, Don Olsen: Abstracts from Nature will highlight prominent works from the artist’s oeuvre.


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
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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