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Thursday, January 6, 2011

January Events @ Utah Museum of Fine Arts

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Shelbey Peterson, 801-585-1306

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
January 2011

Celebrate the New Year with Art, Culture, and More!


Collecting Knowledge: Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity
January 27-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.


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.

Third Saturdays for Families: Cut Paper Collage
Saturday, January 15 • 1-4 pm
The exhibition Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art demonstrates a variety of ways to capture someone’s face through art. In this Third Saturday art activity, we will experiment with constructing YOU out of paper and glue! Third Saturdays are funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks fund.

“Yayoi Kusama: Decades” Lecture by UMFA Curator Jill Dawsey
Wednesday, January 19 • 6 pm
In this free public lecture, Acting Chief Curator Jill Dawsey will explore Yayoi Kusama’s fascinating transition from painter to sculptor to installation artist to performance artist. Dawsey will discuss how Kusama’s artworks are thematically linked to certain facets of her biography, specifically her status as a woman and an immigrant—as a “stranger” and “other”—in the western art world of the late 1950s and 1960s. See Kusama’s work on display in the exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Decades, on view at the UMFA through February 13, 2011.

Conversations with Artist Trevor Southey
Saturdays, January 22 and 29 • 2 pm
Join us for conversations with much-loved artist, Trevor Southey. Gain insight into his retrospective exhibition, Trevor Southey: Reconciliation, on view at the UMFA through February 13, 2011, and seize the opportunity to meet the artist in person.


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.

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.

Don Olsen: Abstracts from Nature
Now on View
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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