04 February 2014

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art


Joan Jonas, Instruction (2002)
Written by Rebecca Maksym

Joan Jonas is a pioneer of video performance art whose experimental productions from the 1960s and 70s continually inform this genre today. By employing aspects of theater, dance, music, and digital media, Jonas' work blends the discipline of choreography with the playfulness of chance. Her piece for do it simply directs the reader to dance with a large piece of chalk while marking up the nearest surface. UMOCA invited Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Company dancer, Tara McArthur to enact these instructions. What remains of the performance is an empty gallery marked up with powdery chalk and a monitor documenting the dancer's movements, giving visitors a chance to reimagine the gestures that correlate to the shapes and marks left on the black walls.

Special Thanks to Tara McArthur and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.


2014 Annual Gala

Tables and Tickets Are On Sale Now!
Join us for one of the most talked about evenings in Salt Lake City. Enjoy and artisan meal, entertainment, dancing and live and silent art auctions.

Contact Chrissy.Upton@utahmoca.org if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.


do it  

Using written instructions by renowned artists as a point of departure, this exhibition is uniquely site-specific to Utah through the engagement with the community and use of resources available locally.


UMOCA's sponsors: City Weekly, Craft Lake City, and Slug Magazine

Contributors include: Cactus & Tropicals, KCPW Public Broadcasting, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and Taffy Town Gourmet Taffty.

do it is a traveling exhibition conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organized by Independant Curators International (ICI) New York.

Trent Harris: Echo Cave

Trent Harris: Echo Cave is the first retrospective into the creative genius of the Utah cult filmmaker. This exhibition presents drawings, photographs, artists books, and short films that illuminate Harris's process and inimitable style.

Sponsored by the Deluxe Corporation Foundation


Stephanie Leitch: Untitled Apogee

Drawing on the architecture of church spires, this installation explores the space between construction and gravity as way to reconsider the heavenward thrust of the traditional steeple form. Leitch employs fabric, string and video projections to create an inverted topography, marking the precise location of 617 steeples of LDS chapels and temples located in the Salt Lake Valley.


A Talk with Jeff Lambson
Jeff Lambson is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the BYU Museum of Art. Prior to coming to Utah he worked at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the nation's museum of modern and contemporary art. Lambson has curated numerous exhibitions, including Mirror Mirror: Contemporary Portraits and the Fugitive Self; We Could Be Heroes: the Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art; Work To Do; Think Flat: Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami, and many others.  Lambson is the recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor's Award for Service in the Arts and was named by Salt Lake Magazine as one of Utah's most significant people of the past 20 years. His work has received publicity in W magazine, Art Ltd, Sunset, and BBC's The Culture Show. He works with his wife Ann at the MOA and they live in Provo, UT.

Join us for an open conversation with Lambson where, together, we will be discussing art, art careers and distinct approaches to art presentation in     varied communities.

                                   FEB 7 | 7 PM | FREE 

NEW: Stroller Tours
 UMOCA is proud to announce Stroller Tours, a new addition to the museum's educational public programming.

These monthly tours offer parents, guardians and caregivers an opportunity to experience the museum's current exhibits with their young children in tow. Beginning before the doors open to the public, Stroller Tours are designed to ease concerns associated with talkative children and crying babies by providing an exclusive time for museum exploration and tailored, grown-up discussions free of pressure. 

Stroller Tours occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 AM beginning on February 12th. Please RSVP to Jared Steffensen.

Please remember, touching the art is not allowed. We recommend toddlers remain in their strollers.

                                   FEB 12 | 9:30 AM | FREE



Trent Harris's The Beaver Trilogy

Don't miss the next opportunity to talk with artist and filmmaker Trent Harris during the screening of The Beaver Trilogy.
FEB 19: 7 PM The Beaver Trilogy Screening and Artist Talk
at Brewvies Cinema Pub: 677 S, 200 W SLC, 84101

Sponsored By The Utah Film Center, and Ken Sanders Rare Books. $8 Suggested Donation | Must be 21 or over


Family Art Saturday: Make Believe Books

Have you ever wanted to write your own story? Books inspire us to make believe and imagine possibilities outside the material world. Create your own bound book with a title and cover page for a story from your imagination. Complete the activity by producing your book's own library catalog card for our collaborative installation on the museum wall! Take your booklet home to write and illustrate the entire story! Inspired by Raqs Media Collective, do it p. 315

FEB 8 | 2-4 PM | FREE


Trent Call

UMOCA is featuring Trent Call as our Art Shop's Artist of the Month for February. Call's art offers a new flare in many diverse ongoing projects. Based out of Salt Lake, Call's practice explores several different types of art including comics, graffiti, and popular culture while covering themes ranging from odd occurrences to the early American West. 

His sweeping style offers an entertaining and colorful story that exists outside reality and takes a bold stance on new-age art. Come in and visit the Art Shop to see more of Trent's work in the form of artist books and postcards!


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