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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Love In Hell: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Orpheus and Eurydice
Love In Hell: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Orpheus and Eurydice
The great archetype for poets, musicians, artists, and lovers in Orpheus, the ancient Greek shaman, singer, and lover. Orpheus sang the world's sorrow and the world's beauty with such singular intensity that forests and beasts followed. He sang the passionate extremity of devotion for his beloved spouse Eurydice and the grief he felt over her death with such art and feeling that the very power of death was defeated. The artists in the exhibition reflect on Orpheus and Eurydice. 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
Love, Lust and Motorcycles
Love, Lust and Motorcycles
An event benefiting the Salt Lake Art Center held on June 12, 2004. The event includes a raffle for a 1997 metallic red Harley-Davidson Sportster, live auction, silent auction, dinner, dancing and the unexpected., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Making Waves: Controversial Art in Utah
Making Waves: Controversial Art in Utah
"Making Waves: Controversial Art in Utah" is an unprecedented examination of those works that have, over the past century, caused public outcry, drew the threat of censorship or were censored in some way in Utah. The purpose of the exhibition is a three-fold. First, to examine the nature of community standards in our state, the ways they changed over time and the influence they have on expression in the arts. Second, to celebrate freedom of expression by exhibiting works that tested societal boundaries during the periods in which they were created or exhibited. Third, to encourage public dialogue about controversy, censorship and compromise. Works have been chosen based on three principal criteria: the extent to which they reflect the attitudes of the times in which they were created; the extent to which they reflect a range of controversial subject matter; and the aesthetic and artistic quality of the works themselves. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery Center., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Mario Reis: Nature Water Colors
Mario Reis: Nature Water Colors
The exhibit "Nature Water Colors" is created by soaking the canvas's in various rivers to capture the "color" of the river. 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
Mark Hedengren: The Invincibility Fable - Exhibition Views
Mark Hedengren: The Invincibility Fable - Exhibition Views
The Invincibility Fable is a survey of over 30 color photographs taken from his series Cliff Jumpers, a project that spanned nearly two years while Hedengren traveled across the nation. Exhibition held in the Locals Only Gallery space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Masters of West Coast Assemblage & Collage
Masters of West Coast Assemblage & Collage
The Salt Lake Art Center exhibition "West Coast Master of Assemblage and Collage" pays tribute to the small group of artists who are universally acknowledged as masters of mixed media expression. Following the Second World War, San Francisco and Los Angeles became havens for a small group of artists and poets who saw the use of found materials and objects as fodder for assemblages and collages that address social and aesthetic issues at work in contemporary society. The sense of liberation, mixed with the various states of anxiety of neglected social issues, gave the avant-guard art of the 1960's a prophetic edginess. As critics of social injustice and the misuses of media, the art of Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz and Betye Saar have assured them a special place in American history. Exhibition held in the Projects Gallery., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Material Culture: The Fine Art of Textile
Material Culture: The Fine Art of Textile
There is accord between the anthropological definition of material culture and its application to this exhibition. These six artists have produced artworks that not only meet, but exceed the criteria. All use textile and associated techniques, but each is a solitary and significant representative of one technique without duplication. All are included for their common threads and divergent techniques. Exhibition held in the Man Gallery and Projects Gallery spaces., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Megan Geckler: "No Chance To Move Backward And See" - Installation Views
Megan Geckler: "No Chance To Move Backward And See" - Installation Views
Megan Geckler creates site-specific installations using construction flagging tape, mathematical calculations, and color theory. Geckler’s installation at UMOCA, “No chance to move backwards and see”, transforms the gallery space, inviting the viewer to take an exploratory journey through chromatic examples of architecture, design, sculpture, and painting. Drawing from geometric illusionism and principles of design, “No chance to move backwards and see” presents woven wall murals, a custom sculptural extension of architectural elements, several modular sculptural works, and nine tape ‘paintings’ that offer a Josef Albers-esque color study of the colors of the installation. On Display in the Street Level Gallery., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Mirko Martin: NOIR - Exhibition Views
Mirko Martin: NOIR - Exhibition Views
Documentation of gunshot incident. German artist Mirko Martin’s video, Noir, documents a night during the artist’s half-year stay in Los Angeles in 2008. Monitoring gang activity, police helicopters circled the neighborhood on a regular basis. On a particularly noisy evening, Martin went out to capture some sound. Within minutes, he heard gunshots. Over a black screen, Noir captures these gunshots and conversations with several residents and passers-by who try to make sense of what they heard and didn’t hear, saw and didn’t see. Exhibition held in the New Genres Gallery., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Misha Gordin: New Crowd
Misha Gordin: New Crowd
Many contemporary photographers would duplicate images digitally through computer manipulation, which would result in precisely the same image repeated over and over. Instead, each of Misha's photographs is unique, exactly like a drawing or painting. What at first looks like merely repetitious imagery actually contains minuscule variations among similar images which Misha has repositioned. His work is aesthetically challenging because of this extraordinary subtlety and the time and attention required to appreciate it fully. In this sense, Misha's photographs are much like classical music, formally predicated on statement, variation, and repetition. 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
Natural Histories
Natural Histories
This installation features the work of visual artists Maureen O'Hara Ure and poet Katharine Coles. The commonality of imagery and subjects... "landscape, the city, family life, disaster, travel, sexuality, the interior life and the holy..." brings together two arts communities that are often isolated from one another. 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
New Logo Announcement
New Logo Announcement
New logo announcement for the Salt Lake Art Center., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
New Narrative: Warhol, Stella, Marden, Fitzpatrick
New Narrative: Warhol, Stella, Marden, Fitzpatrick
The exhibition features printmaking by four American masters. The exhibition has been made possible through the generosity of Chicago based Art Enterprises Ltd., which previously toured the exhibit under the slightly different title, "A New Narrative: Marden, Fitszpatrick, Stella, Warhol." The work in this exhibit is the same, but the curatorial renaming is a matter of popular realignment. Tweaking the title notwithstanding, the real purpose of the exhibition is the focus up on the printmaking activity of these four major American artists. The printmaking medium itself offers artists the ability to produce a series of prints as an edition. Images closely related as to subject often suggest narrative-like sequences. These prints stand alone, outside of literature, and yet literature and its mate, narrative, do play a significant conceptual role. 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.
News October 2007 - January 2008
News October 2007 - January 2008
Newsletter created by the Salt Lake Art Center with words from the Director, information about exhibitions, and membership information., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Not Just Another Pretty Face (2009)
Not Just Another Pretty Face (2009)
Modeled after a dynamic program developed by the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Not Just Another Pretty Face encourages a new, diverse group of people to envision themselves as patrons of contemporary art, while cultivating lasting relationships between artists and patrons. As part of the NJPAF program, patrons can meet artists, visit their studios, follow their careers and garner inspiration from their creative insights, ideas and art-making processes. It is through this personal relationship that Not Just Another Pretty Face encourages active and enthusiastic patronage. Artists who received commissions worked collaboratively with patrons. While the program title, Not Just Another Pretty Face, implies portraiture as the primary subject, artists and patrons were encouraged to consider traditional representation as well as artworks that push past conventional forms. And in this project, participants created new relationships that required both artists and patrons to consider how art could become a personal and shared vision. Exhibition held in the Street Gallery space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Objects of Adoration and Mystery
Objects of Adoration and Mystery
A black tie event and auction benefiting the exhibitions and programs of the Salt Lake Art Center held on June 23, 2001. The event includes live auction, cocktails and silent auction, seated dinner, dessert and dancing in the Sculpture Court., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Objets d'Chair
Objets d'Chair
An event benefiting the Salt Lake Art Center held on May 16, 1998. The event includes cocktails and hor d'oeuvres, live auction, silent auction, formal dinner, dancing. Silent auction included chairs by the following artists: Amy Adams, Gary Barton, Carol Biddle, Kathleen Carricaburu, James Charles, Ric Collier, Lucy Fairchild, Greg Glazier, Brent Godfrey, Lafarne Hungerford, Rachel Kezerian, KidsmArt, Kurt Knudsen, Larry Limberg, Willy Littig, Frank McEntire, Meredith Moench and Susan Beck, Sara Northerner, Maureen O'Hara Ure, Joseph Ostraff, Traci O'Very Covey, Valerie Parker, Pilar Pobil, John Rees, Robin Lee Roberts, Erik T. Sieg, Will South, J. W. Stetich, Bonnie Sucec, Gary Vlasic, and Sam Wilson., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Of the Siren and The Sky: Curated By Triple Candie - Exhibition Views
Of the Siren and The Sky: Curated By Triple Candie - Exhibition Views
Of the Siren and the Sky is the first proper museum exhibition on the career of Siren Bliss, a Salt Lake City native who, by his own account, has made more than 80,000 artworks. Curated by Triple Candie, the presentation includes recreations of the artist’s drawings and sculptures, posters containing statements by him, and photographs and objects related to his life story. Exhibition held in the New Genres Gallery space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Once in a Blue Moon Bash
Once in a Blue Moon Bash
An event at the Salt Lake Art Center held on July 17, 1998. The event includes a night of dance, dinner and drinks (and cool art too)., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Once in a Blue Moon Bash
Once in a Blue Moon Bash
An event at the Salt Lake Art Center held on July 21, 2000. The event includes an evening of contemporary art, live Latin/Salsa music, great food and drinks by La Salsa & The Desert Edge Brewery., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Once in a Blue Moon Bash
Once in a Blue Moon Bash
An evening of entertainment under the summer skies at the Salt Lake Art Center with contemporary art, music, food and drinks., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Once in a Blue Moon Bash
Once in a Blue Moon Bash
Invitation to join SLAC under the summer skies on the courtyard for a guaranteed, great time, not-to-be missed party. The party includes music, dancing, barbecue, drinks, and wonderful art., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Once in a Blue Moon Bash!
Once in a Blue Moon Bash!
An event at the Salt Lake Art Center held on July 16, 1999. The event includes an evening of art, live Latin music, great food and drinks by La Salsa & beverages from The Desert Edge Brewery., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Out of the Closet: Clothing as Imagery in Contemporary Art
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.

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