Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

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


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Cris Bruch: Dreaming Doing Craving
Cris Bruch: Dreaming Doing Craving
The exhibition "Cris Bruch: Dreaming Doing Craving" acts as a seventeen year survey of work by this Seattle-based artists. The exhibition occupies the Salt Lake Art Center's entire exhibition space, with the earlier socially-conscious shopping cart sculptures exhibited in the smaller Street Level Galley and the more recent, exquisitely-crafted sculptures shown in the cavernous Main Gallery. What will be quickly realized upon entering this exhibition is that here is an artist who has a highly expressive social consciousness who also happens to make beautiful objects. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery and Main Level Gallery spaces., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Crossroads: A Teen Response to Life in Salt Lake City
Crossroads: A Teen Response to Life in Salt Lake City
A diverse group of high school students from throughout the Salt Lake Valley came together to create "Crossroads: A Teen Response Life in Salt Lake City," a two-part exhibit consisting of photographic works and a multimedia collaboration between the Salt Lake Art Center and Spy Hop Productions, a local non-profit Media Studio. "Crossroads: A Teen Response Life in Salt Lake City" was comprised of over 600 photographs that give give the viewers a "real-life" look into Salt Lake's youth culture. 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
Dana Costello: Territories of the Self - Mailer
Dana Costello: Territories of the Self - Mailer
The paintings are simple; each features a female figurine clothed in Victorian-style dress, buckle shoes and white tights, placed in a lunar landscape and surrounded by imaginary plants. 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
David Baddley: Peace Garden
David Baddley: Peace Garden
Salt Lake City photographer David Baddley has recorded his city's international peace garden, located in Jordan Park, along the banks of the Jordan River on the west side of town. Baddley's photographs were taken on a cold, slowness winter day, at the time of year when he ponds have been drained and the vegetation is in a dormant state. Photographed in black and white, Badldley's pictures are unapologetically straight forward. Exhibition held in the Projects Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
David Kimball Anderson: To Morris Graves
David Kimball Anderson: To Morris Graves
California-based sculptor David Kimball Anderson pays homage to the late Abstract Expressionist painter Morris Graves through his installation of cast bronze and steel sculptures which are based on the vase forms in Graves' flower paintings., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
David Ruhlman: A History of the Hidden World
David Ruhlman: A History of the Hidden World
David Ruhlman’s mixed media paintings are visual palindromes reflecting the circular nature of beginnings and endings. A History of the Hidden World is an exploration of double entendres, surreal metamorphosis and natural phenomena. These themes relate to apocalypticism and how this mysterious fantasy spawns concepts of beauty and transcendence. Drawing on French playwright Antonin Artaud who used strange and disturbing effects to perplex his audience, Ruhlman’s work depicts peculiar and anthropomorphic motifs that lead viewers through hidden worlds. The artist experiments with form, color and texture, resulting in his own unique visual language. Recurring images of rams, reptiles, birds and fragmented figures tell stories that are not linear, but rather are repetitive trajectories of whimsical fable. A History of the Hidden World is a mirror to another dimension where meaning and imagination are wound together in layered knots of symbols and forms. One is able to trace an undiscovered history that continually reflects back on itself, neither beginning with a starting point nor providing a final conclusion. What is left is a new world order that does not implicate perfection or organization in the traditional sense, but allows for an unruly explosion of continual wonder and possibility. Exhibition held in the Locals Only Gallery space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Deference to Deffebach
Deference to Deffebach
The exhibition honors the legacy of Lee Deffebach (1928-2005), one of Utah's most talented artists. The exhibit features six paintings that provide ample evidence of Deffebach's originality, her unabashed love of color. As she expressed it, her abstract paintings were based on an intuitive and tactile experience that was only possible through an engagement with the painting process itself. In her view, the shapes and colors of nature seen and felt, do not emerge from a preconceived rendering of reality, but rather as a result of the integrity of the painting process, especially through spontaneous acts. Her depictions of nature are a metaphorical not literal. In this sense she adheres to Greenberg's insistence that Abstract Expressionism can only be a valid expression if it evolves "solely on its own terms." Exhibition held in the Projects Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art
Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art
The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangzi River in China is a massive project entwined in controversy. When finally completed, it will stand as the world’s largest generator of hydroelectric power, with a yearly output equal to that of fifty million tons of coal or fifteen nuclear power plants. However, the dam’s 375 mile reservoir has already displaced over one million people and submerged over one thousand towns and villages. This exhibition presents work that four leading contemporary Chinese artists—Chen Qiulin, Yun-Fei Ji, Liu Xiaodong, and Zhuang Hui—have created in response to the dam. Despite differences in backgrounds and artistic practices, these artists have engaged with the theme of displacement, responding to the movement of people, the demolition of old towns and construction of new cities, and the astonishing changes the project is bringing to the local landscape. Through the powerful artworks and extensive educational programs, Displacement offers nuanced, thought-provoking perspectives on a project of great social, environmental, and global concern. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Doublespeak
Doublespeak
Doublespeak features artworks by an international roster of contemporary women artists who utilize strategies of layered or multiple meanings to address politically, sexually or socially difficult subject matter. This exhibition will examine feminine perspectives on politics, war and gender, including exploration of the role of women as authors, victims, bystanders, soldiers, commentators, and caretakers. Each of the artists in Doublespeak comes from a perspective of dual-identity in one way or another (in terms of culture, religion, sexual identity, etc.). The exhibition draws its initial inspiration from the work of female Vietnamese poet Hô Xuân Hu’o’ng, a pioneer more than 200 years ago in the use of literary double-entendres that engaged philosophical quandaries of life and death as well as daily conflicts between men and women. Writing in Vietnamese, Hô ultilized the tonal nature of the language to create poems that had one meaning when read with a given tonality, and an entirely different, discreet meaning when read with the alternate tonality or pronunciation. There is a long history of women using codes to get their message across – from the centuries-old language Nüshu, used by Chinese women in the Hunan province, to the secret quilt codes of the Underground Railroad during the American Civil War. This exhibition offers contemporary examples of such cultural codes. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery Space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Edith Carlson: Paintings
Edith Carlson: Paintings
The movement of light and color is the subject of Edith Carlson's paintings. Her canvases almost breathe, their geometric forms imbued with a radiance that seems to emanate from the multiple paint layers infused with nearly imperceptible gradations of color. Color and light advance and recede, shift as one walks past or observes from a distance, gain fresh perspective as effects first unseen are newly discerned. Even at night, and with the passing of the seasons, the paintings assume a particular kind of color and glow that is often dramatically different from that of the day. in these nuances of movement are found the magic of Edith Carlson's work. 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
Eileen Doktorski: Domestic Arsenal
Eileen Doktorski: Domestic Arsenal
The installation is an overwhelming mound of objects-turned-weapons, either found or donated to the project or cast in ceramic or bronze, surrounded by walls plastered with news reports. It is an indictment and verdict, a memorial and a shrine, revealing the horrors of domestic violence, Doktorski is a sculpture professor at Utah State University. Exhibition held in the Projects Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Examining Hospice Care in Utah
Examining Hospice Care in Utah
A free public symposium. Eight internationally-recognized photographers and filmmakers were commissioned to create new work about the emotional and collaborative experience of working with hospices and hospice care. Each immersed themselves, over an extended period of time and in different cities, in the world of the people who know it best: patients, families and health care providers. "Hospice: a Photographic Inquiry" held March 31 - June 10, 2001., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Expanded Field: ISC
Expanded Field: ISC
Expanded Field: The International Sculpture Center exhibition of 2010 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award Competition Winners is a showcase of outstanding interdisciplinary sculptural works from 19 talented student artists. With captivating displays of skill as well as concept, the works in this exhibition range from performative video, carved crayons, a masking tape boat engine, and a massive graphite carving, showing the most cutting edge ideas in sculpture from around the country today. Each year the International Sculpture Center (ISC) presents this competition to its member colleges and universities. The award, founded in 1994, was created in order to support and recognize the work of young sculptors, and to encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture as well as to recognize the award winners’ faculty sponsors and their institutions. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Fab Ab: New Acrylic Abstraction
Fab Ab: New Acrylic Abstraction
The seven artists in the exhibition "Fab Ab: New Acrylic Abstraction" approach the use of acrylics differently and, as a result, achieve different modes of abstraction. From artworks rooted in the period following 1940s and 1950s Abstract Expressionism, including Post-Painterly Abstraction and Op Art of the 1960s and 1970s, to styles paying homage to automotive and surfboard design and fabrication, Fab Ab represents a range of national and international trends. 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.
Fall 1995 Exhibitions
Fall 1995 Exhibitions
Pamphlet for the Fall exhibitions at SLAC. Exhibitions include: "Cohabitation" by Kaiti Slater in the Main Gallery and "Dear Mr. Ripley...Treasures from the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Archive" in the Upper Gallery., Original version: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA); Archival digital version: SLCC Digital Archives. CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International.
Fall 1996 Newsletter
Fall 1996 Newsletter
Newsletter created by the Salt Lake Art Center information about SLAC, hours, events, history, current exhibitions in the Main Gallery, "As They See It: Contemporary Landscapes by Utah Artists," "The Reality of Abstraction'" the Upper Gallery, "Surface," "In an Abstract Light: Time Gallagher, Bob Bauer, and Bill Lee," upcoming exhibits and events., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Fallen Fruit of Utah - Exhibition Views
Fallen Fruit of Utah - Exhibition Views
Fallen Fruit of Utah brings together two types of collections through the common ground of fruit. One is sweeping – museums and historical archives – and the other is personal and intimate. Fruit is seen both as deeply symbolic and simply decorative, both ordinary and special, sometimes at the same time. Eight historic collections and archives and over twenty families agreed to collaborate with the artists of Fallen Fruit to assemble works that range from spiritual and symbolic to representational landscapes to the commonplace (or everyday objects). Exhibition held in Main Gallery Space, Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood
Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood
This exhibit features 43 photographs by Lauren Greenfield, documenting the experience of young people growing up in Southern California in the mid 1990s. While the photographs themselves are specific to one unique geographic location, the issues and experiences that are examined could be part of the teen experience anywhere. The youths struggle with the influence of wealth, racial and economic prejudice, drugs, sex and an image-based culture that glorifies youth, beauty and celebrity. Greenfield's photographs of Beverly Hills teens working out with personal trainers are set next to images of East Los Angeles graffiti artists. In all cases, whether recording the rich or poor, the overall impression is that to grow up as a teenager in Los Angeles is to grow up quickly, as both the illusions of Hollywood and the neighborhood peer pressure of the youth culture itself dominate the lives and rituals of the young. 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
Fay Jones
Fay Jones
Paintings by Fay Jones. 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
Final Light: V. Douglas Snow in Retrospect - Exhibition Views
Final Light: V. Douglas Snow in Retrospect - Exhibition Views
Salt Lake Art Center and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) are pleased to present Final Light: V. Douglas Snow in Retrospect, a joint exhibition celebrating the work of eminent Utah artist Doug Snow (1927-2009). A painter, printmaker, and professor, Doug Snow lived and worked in Utah’s red rock country for over half a century. Organized by guest curator Frank McEntire, Final Light: V. Douglas Snow in Retrospect presents defining works from Snow’s career, featuring 35 paintings from private and public collections across the West. The retrospective exhibition examines Snow’s early Abstract Expressionist-inspired period from the 1950s, as well as later works from the last three decades of his life, which meld abstraction with realism to express his passion for Utah’s southern desert. Exhibition held in the Street Gallery Space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Fresh Ink: Prints From Flatbed Press
Fresh Ink: Prints From Flatbed Press
This exhibit is a collection of prints from Flatbed Press by various artist. Printmaking workshops such as Flatbed are said to have a "personality." From Listening to artists' responses to their work here, their personality seems to consist of two traits. On the personal level,openness and friendliness prevail, with Katherine's down-home style setting the tone. On the aesthetic level, they became known early on for their "Texas Grit" look, exemplified by the editions of artists like James Surls, Terry Allen, and Frank X. Tolbert. As they expanded their range of artists, the gritty look became complicated by prints that were not "Texas Raw," but simply bold in execution, or, large in scale. 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.
Friese Undine: Machiavelli and the Bottle
Friese Undine: Machiavelli and the Bottle
Undine is fascinated with propaganda and more overt activities of persuasion: brainwashing, coercion, enticement and threat. In this exhibit, what might Undine's intention be? Proselytism? But for what? And certainly satire. This artist obviously wants us to think about the everyday uses of force, and especially the rhetoric we use to justify our actions to those less powerful than we are. Like every satire from the classical Greek "Satyricon" to Voltaire's "Candide" to "Saturday Night Live," Undine's work attacks society in order to improve it, ironically a hopeful act. Whether we are shocked or we laugh or both, we should not leave this gallery feeling neutral. If giving people easy answers is the function of propaganda, asking people hard questions is the function of art. 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
Frontage Road
Frontage Road
"Frontage Road" explores the timelessness of these issues and their relationship to the conditions of contemporary society. These artists, referencing personal experience, reveal the tensions of displacement, the realities of friendship, the clarity of isolation, and the disparity of dreams. The perspectives of each artist, David, Aden, and John, are significant. They as us to become involved in their investigation. We must examine our lives. We must make conscious our personal assessment. And we must acknowledge our individual responsibilities to a more enlighten and compassionate community. 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
Gary Hill: Language Willing
Gary Hill: Language Willing
Video affords Mr. Hill access to another dimension-time-that may do for the contemporary viewer what inverted eyes and noses did decades ago. By juxtaposing visual and audible information on a screen and orchestrating the consumption of that image through editing, Mr. Hill in a way reintroduces the viewer to time and how it shapes aesthetic experience. The show is comprised of four major installations, "Wall Piece" (2000), "Language Willing" (2002), Accordions" (2001-2002), "Crossbow" (1999), each with a unique focus. Exhibition held in the Main and Street Level Gallery spaces., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.

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