Utah Museum of Fine Arts
salt 4: Xaviera Simmons
November 18, 2011 – February 26, 2012
salt 4: Xaviera Simmons is the fourth in the Museum's series of exhibitions featuring innovative art from around the world. Through photography, installation, and performance, New York-based artist Xaviera Simmons constructs multivalent narratives of collective and personal histories. Her work often references traditions of American landscape painting, exploring depictions of the individual in nature. salt 4: Xaviera Simmons will feature a series of photographs, as well as a sculptural installation made of hand-lettered, locally found wooden scraps affixed directly to the gallery wall. This tangled matrix of text gleaned from notes, news articles, folklore, and literature forms its own kind of lyrical landscape, one imbued with historical and personal memory.
Highlights of the Collection Tour
First Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm and all Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm • FREE with general museum admission
Experience the UMFA galleries through a thirty-minute tour with a docent. No pre-registration necessary.
LeConte Stewart Film: Seabiscuit
Wednesday, November 2 • 6-8 pm • Rated PG 13 • FREE
Nominated for seven academy awards, Seabiscuit (2003) is a period film set at the height of the Great Depression and is loosely based on the racing history of the famous horse.
Visiting Artist Lecture: Angela Ellsworth
Saturday, November 5 • 2-3 pm • FREE
Learn more about the UMFA’s 2010 Young Benefactors Acquisition, Seer Bonnets X, XI, and XIII, as well as Ellsworth’s interdisciplinary practice through this public lecture.
LeConte Stewart Lecture: “Let’s Go Slumming, Nose-Thumbing, at Park Avenue: The Songs of the Great Depression”
Sunday, November 6 • 1-2 pm • FREE
From dark, smoky ballads to optimistic melodies, music historian and author Michael Lasser will speak about the variety of popular songs written during the Great Depression. His lecture will be followed by a signing of his book, America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley. This event is funded by American Express Charitable Fund.
Two-Part Adult Class: Documentary Photography
Wednesdays, November 9 and 16 • 6-8 pm • Advanced registration required.
Learn documentary techniques in this class taught by Trent Nelson of the Salt Lake Tribune. Co-sponsored by Lifelong Learning at the University of Utah. Members receive a special rate of $59 (ask for section 002) and can register by calling 801.587.5433.
Visiting Artist Lecture: Xaviera Simmons
Friday, November 18 • 7-8 pm • FREE
Through photography, installation, and performance, New York-based contemporary artist Xaviera Simmons constructs multivalent narratives of collective and personal histories. Don’t miss your chance to hear from her on opening day of the new exhibition, salt 4: Xaviera Simmons.
Third Saturday for Families: Printmaking
Saturday, November 19 • 1-4 pm • FREE
Print your own set of cards just in time for the holidays. Third Saturdays are funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks program.
Chamber Music Series: Guitar Ensemble
Wednesday, November 30 • 7-8 pm • FREE with general museum admission
The UMFA will resonate with sounds of the season as students from the University of Utah School of Music perform in the Museum galleries.
On view through January 8, 2012
Containing a diverse range of artworks from around the world, Color explores the relationship of color to artists and audiences. This exhibition utilizes over twenty pieces from the UMFA's permanent collection, using color as a connector across cultures and time. While visiting the exhibition, be sure to use the hands-on collage wall to create your own color compositions. This exhibition is funded as part of the UMFA's Art in a Box program and is presented in conjunction with the debut of the new statewide box, Art in a Box: Color.
LeConte Stewart: Depression-Era Art
On view through January 15, 2012
In a groundbreaking collaboration, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Church History Museum have partnered to present joint exhibitions of over 200 paintings and works on paper by famed Utah artist LeConte Stewart (1891-1990). The UMFA’s exhibition, LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art, explores themes of isolation and loss during the Great Depression. The Church History Museum’s exhibition, LeConte Stewart: The Soul of Rural Utah, reveals the beauty of Utah’s early rural landscapes. For more information about the exhibitions and related programs, please visit www.umfa.utah.edu. The UMFA’s exhibition is generously sponsored by the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and the Ray, Quinney & Nebeker Foundation.
David Burnett – Too Close
On view through January 29, 2012
Recently named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo magazine, renowned photojournalist David Burnett has spent over four decades covering pivotal historic events–including the Vietnam War, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games–and capturing intimate images of public figures from Bob Marley to Barack Obama. Experience more than 60 of his iconic photographs in David Burnett – Too Close, an exhibition presented by The Joseph and Evelyn Rosenblatt Charitable Fund.
Res Mortis: Matters of Death
Now on View
Experience the UMFA’s ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman collection in its new home on the second floor. The Egyptian gallery features the 26th dynasty anthropoid coffin of Padiusir (a visitor favorite), along with other intriguing objects that explore the economic sacrifices of preparing for the afterlife. The revitalized Greek and Roman gallery highlights the UMFA's recently conserved Apulian funerary amphora and the marble sarcophagus of a young Roman nobleman.
**Exhibition dates are subject to change.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
University of Utah
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