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.
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.
Celebrating the Creativity and Wisdom of Women: 9th Biennial Utah Women Artists' Exhibition 1997
"Celebrating the Creativity and Wisdom of Women" displays works by Utah women artists. Most of the artwork is narrative with social content, focusing on a variety of issues with unique perspectives. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space.
Contact: Christians and Moors, Image and Ritual in Mexico
George O. Jackson, born in Houston, Texas, of Mexican descent has beautifully documented the celebrations and syncretic rituals as practiced in contemporary rural Mexico. Over the past ten years the photographer has created an important archive of Mexico's "ethnographic present", addressing issues of visual importance and cultural meaning. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space.
"Waist/Waste Room" is a one-hour performance which refers to the physical and psychological aspects of squeezing the body into clothing derived from an image-obsessed culture. Performance artist Angela Ellsworth has created this intelligent commentary on female weight rituals, and provides humorous insight into our society's hypocrisy. Locked in the bathroom stall, with only feet exposed and fragments of flesh on a video screen, Ellsworth eats packets of powdered doughnuts while telling "fat stories". Ellsworth wears a pink cocktail dress with a compartment ruffle at the waist which houses the powdered doughnuts. The compartment is complete with sippers on each side so when more doughnuts are needed, she reaches into her own stomach of flesh which holds the packets of doughnuts. she appears to eat them from her won body. she eats herself.
All American: Defining Ourselves in a Time of Change
As a nation, Americans look continually to our heritage, beliefs, and daily rituals to define ourselves as a culture. Yet our national identity is complex, and it is difficult to characterize a people by any one symbol, ethnicity, or boundary. All American: Defining Ourselves in a Time of Change features 13 contemporary artists whose work evokes a vital dialogue, whether with patriotic pride or cautious skepticism, about the icons and traditions that define us. These artists, working in a variety of media, incorporate history, ideologies and symbolism into their art as a means of exploring what it means to be an American. Exhibition held in the Main and Projects Gallery spaces. Eric Beltz; Jerry Bleem; Joe Compean; Brian Dettmer; Gajin Fujita; Jacqueline Goss; Scott Greiger; Patrick Lichty; Tracy Linder; Larry McNeil; Robert Reynolds; Brad Slaugh; Steven B. Smith.