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This collection includes documentation of exhibitions, installations, artwork and other related materials from the Utah Museum of Contempory Art in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Out of the Closet: Clothing as Imagery in Contemporary Art
This exhibition includes the work of sixteen artists who use the visual language of clothing and dress as a vehicle to explore deeper layers of human behavior and relationships. That clothing is the chosen theme for this exhibition follows obvious connections between clothing and art. Clothing is often considered art, in and of itself. Like art, clothing communicates ideas on a visual level. Both clothing and art employ symbolism to infer abstract concepts. And trends in clothing and art are influenced by similar external factors. An examination of either one requires a consideration of the social, cultural and political climates in which they exist. In this exhibition clothing is employed as metaphor, articles of dress are used for inherent symbolic meaning, and garments are represented in unexpected context. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Paul Stout: The New American Landscape
The static works of art in this exhibition incorporate the use of taxidermy forms and museum cabinets and mounts. Stout's hilarious encased sculpture "Squirrel Death Masks" has the formal presence of a zoological display case and the bizarre contents of a carnival side show exhibit. The mounted plastic animal noses lining the outer wall of the gallery are painted with bronze powder, each mounted on identical wooden plaques and painted in hues of different color. The application of motion in Stout's kinetic sculptures are very specific to his subjects; flies hover over a head mouse and a butterfly, having landed on an apple, flutters its wings. Kinetic art is a 20th century artform, one that has, in spite of its many manifestations, tended to study motion in more abstracted forms. Exhibit held in the Street Level Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Perceptual Figuration: A Collaborative Installation by Sara Northerner & Janet Shapero; Invasive Art by Matuschka
Public Reception at SLAC for "Perceptual Figuration: A Collaborative Installation by Sara Northerner & Janet Shapero" in the Corner Gallery space and "Invasive Art by Matuschka" in the Upstairs Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Perspectives of Conflict
A conceptual exhibition centered on a life size, stylized courtroom installation, and an investigation of the perspective of each essential player in the courtroom--judge, jury, witness, perpetrator, victim, attorney--and the difference between these views. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Possessed by the Furies
"Possessed by the Furies" features Stephanie Wilde's mixed-media works and newly published artist's book in a special installation designed by the artist. Wilde's beautiful and complex images reflect her personal journey exploring issues of humanity an decency, in the individual and our society as a whole. "Possessed by the Furies" is a look at such destructive aspects of social behavior as prejudice, arrogance, dishonesty, and self involvement. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Post-Modern Utah
This exhibition features the works of eight Utah based artists who work in a contemporary, post-modern manner inspired by Pop Art, Minimalism or idiosyncratic forms of figuration. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Putt-Modernism
18 hole miniature gold course and exhibition organized and circulated by the Artists Space, New York, New York. It is a successful merger of the ridiculous sublime. It is both art and popular culture. It combines social commentary with entertainment. It is "the strangest miniature golf course ever built" and "intriguing to look at, delightful to play." Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Rachel Berwick: A Vanishing
Rachel Berwick deals with questions of temporality, extinction and the human drive to collect and recollect. "A Vanishing" casts an experience of the moment, at the end of a gradual decline but in the blink of an eye, when the passenger pigeon vanished. How can one express the irreversibility of extinction? In Berwick's installation, 550 cast amber passenger pigeons are arranged to form V-shapes on brass rods suspended from the ceiling. They decrease in concentration gradually as they near the center where there hangs a solitary bird. The stage light casts shadows of the birds - once free, then caged by bars, before the haunting reality of extinction occupies the dark recesses of memory. As if to simultaneously belie yet reinforce the ominous shadows, a vital glow in the cast amber diminishes toward the lone central bird., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Raivo Puusemp: Dissolution
Raivo Puusemp: Dissolution is the first comprehensive overview of Puusemp’s work produced between the mid-1960s and late 1970s. Puusemp is a conceptual artist who is interested in steering people into unwittingly completing his pieces by taking an action the artist had laid out as the next obvious step. In 1975, Raivo Puusemp was elected as Mayor of the troubled town of Rosendale, New York. What the residents did not know, and what his campaign did not reveal, was that Puusemp was a conceptual artist who would later come to view his appointment and the situation as an artwork known as Rosendale, a public work. During his tenure, he applied the work he had been doing as an artist, in group dynamic and predictive behavior, to the political problems of the town and was successful in guiding them to a resolution – the dissolution of Rosendale. Puusemp documented this process through a series of official letters, documents and press clippings, from which a booklet was later published. Following the dissolution of the town, Puusemp resigned his post, relocating to Utah with his family. He removed himself from the art context and from his practice as an artist. Exhibition held in the New Genres Gallery space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Raymond Saunders: Paintings
Paintings by Raymond Saunders. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Reading Between The Lines: Image and Text by Contemporary African American Artists
"Reading Between The Lines: Image and Text by Contemporary African American Artists" brings the visual image and the written word together in art works of great directness and elegance by four of today's most progressive artists. For them, the incorporation of text and image is a natural result of deeply introspective and intellectual approaches to their lives and communities. Each artist utilizes these distinctive elements to fulfill her natural role as visual artist, story teller, educator, historian and cultural healer. Each artists has looked deep within herself and her community, and has turned a critical eye toward history, social norms, contemporary race relations, political events, figures and promises. The artists explore a wide range of issues including relationships, family, community, gender roles, AIDS and global politics. Interwoven throughout their work are also issues more clearly defined by American race relations including slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, past and present stereotypes, media representation, ethnic identity and contemporary race relations. These exceptional artists explore diver and vital issues with wisdom of a teacher, the craft of a story teller, the frankness of a journalist, the understanding of a sociologist and the anger of a protester. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Reawakened Beauty: Tillman Crane's Jordan River Photographs
Reawakened Beauty exhibits 30 platinum prints that document the Jordon River from its source at Utah Lake to its mouth at the Great Salt Lake. Once a natural boundary between civilization and the ‘Wild West,’ the river has both shaped the Salt Lake Valley and been altered by its urban expansion. In Crane’s photographs, we see that some parts of the river have been left seemingly natural, while others reveal evidence of civil engineering, re-routing and pollution. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.

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