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UMOCA Hosts Advance Screening of the Peabody Award-winning Documentary ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (SLC: April 6)

Contact: Danica Farley| danica.farley@utahmoca.org | 801.328.4201 x 115
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UMOCA Hosts Advance Screening of the Peabody Award-winning Documentary

For Immediate Release:
March 5, 2012

Salt Lake City, UT- The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in partnership with Art21, as part of its Access ’12 initiative, presents a sneak preview of the sixth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, April 6, 2012 at 7 p.m.  Art in the Twenty-First Century is the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art.

Art21 Access ’12 is an international screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, ignite dialogue and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of public screenings, focused on the interests and concerns of local audiences. The season premieres on PBS April 13 with a new episode every Friday during April and May. Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most thought-provoking artists.

“Art21 Access ’12 provides an opportunity for organizations around the country and the world to experience a central goal of Art21—dialogue inspired by contemporary art and the ideas it expresses,” said Susan Sollins, executive producer of Art21. “We hope that participating organizations find ways to best utilize the Art21 materials for their respective communities and that audiences will take full advantage of the events in their area and discover the life-changing potential of viewing creative role models at work. Our goal is that these events spark new conversations, and expose all kinds of viewers to the important work of the artists profiled in the series.”

Selections from the following episodes will be screened during the April 6 event:

Episode 1: Change
This episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.

Episode 2: Boundaries
This episode presents artists who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure.

“UMOCA is pleased to partner with Art21 to provide our local community with a sneak peak of season six of the award-winning documentary series,” says Adam Price, executive director, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. “After the screening we invite everyone to stay at UMOCA for our monthly First Friday celebration and a new performance art installation by Elizabeth Tobias, Let Them Eat Cupcakes.”

About ART21
Over the last decade, Art21 has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning biennial television series Art in the Twenty-First Century. The organization has used the power of digital media to expose millions of people of all ages to contemporary art and artists and has created a new paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process.

In addition to its PBS series and year-round series-based education and public programs efforts, Art21 has expanded its film production and educational efforts in recent years. Several new initiatives have been launched in the past year including New York Close-Up, a new documentary series on Art and Life in New York City, and the premiere of Art21’s first feature film, William Kentridge: Anything is Possible. Art21 also offers Art21 Educators, an ongoing professional development program for teachers now entering its fourth year. www.art21.org.

Art21 Access ’12 events are presented in partnership with the Arts Business Council, Emerging Leaders of New York Arts, National Guild for Community Arts Education and the YMCA. An updated list of Art21 Access ’12 events and venues worldwide can be found at www.art21.org/access.


Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly Salt Lake Art Center) was recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011. Founded in 1931 and now located in the heart of Salt Lake City, UMOCA exhibits groundbreaking work by leading local and international artists. UMOCA is currently exhibiting 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier, FAX and Onomatopoeia by Constant Dullaart. Coming up in June is Play Me I’m Yours, inviting people to show off their piano skills on street corners around downtown. UMOCA also offers a lively mix of award-winning educational programs, film screenings, panel discussions and events celebrating Salt Lake’s vibrant local art scene.

UMOCA is located at 20 S. West Temple and is open Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. For more information call (801) 328-4201 or visit www.utahmoca.org.


Danica Farley | Director of Communications | Utah Museum of Contemporary Art | 20 S. West Temple | Salt Lake City, UT 84101 | 801.328.4201 ext. 115

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