THE INCANDESCENT ISSUE


F E A T U R E D   A R T W O R K

DONNA CONLON AND JONATHAN HARKER
Under the Rug

STREET GALLERY: JAN 27 – MAY 13

Under the Rug addresses how important issues are swept under the rug, allowing nations to rise and build upon the blanket of silence and obscurity that society creates. But with its colorful and vibrant aesthetic, Under the Rug lends us a bit of hope: what would happen if we were to, instead, build upon a land that refuses to be wasteful? What would a society look like if its strengths were recycling, reusing, and sharing with community? Conlon and Harker cleverly comment on environmental and societal issues while also reminding us that there may still be hope in changing the course of our world. View this piece and many others in Street and Codec Gallery exhibit, The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be, Susan Caraballo’s curated exhibition.

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THE INCANDESCENT ISSUE

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. –Anne Frank

Observe the light that surrounds you, whether it’s the sun, the lights in your office, or a candle by your nightstand. There is light all around us, and it is illuminated in many ways. Contemporary art serves as a force of light in the world, floodlighting important social issues and kindling the voices that are often silenced. This month’s issue, the Incandescent Issue, serves to show that even in dark times, there is always a light that guides us, whether it’s the brilliancy of an art piece, the glow of a film clip, or the inspiration that rises from community experiences. In what ways can you be a light for your local art community?

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C U R R E N T   E X H I B I T I O N

GARY JACOBSON: SOME THOUGHTS

PROJECTS GALLERY | MAR 24 – MAY 6

Though they are small in size, Gary Jacobson’s sculptures are great in thought—pieces of Jacobson’s subconscious that alternate between humor, empathy, and malice. This particular sculpture, the whale, floats above the ground, supported only by two minuscule strings. The lightness of the piece juxtaposes with the whale’s clay-like and heavy appearance, adding to Jacobson’s vision that these creatures truly are from a foreign, dream-like world.

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P R O G R A M M I N G

FAMILY ART SATURDAY
Stop and Go

APR 8 | 2 – 4 PM

How is it that light and visuals trick the mind into seeing movement? Artist-in-Residence Justin Chouinard creates media sculptures, performances, and motion image artworks inspired by the limitations of film. Learn how a sequence of still images can appear as though they are moving, and then illustrate your own flipbook animation for a take-home artwork that embodies both the static and cinematic!

For more information email Elly Baldwin at elly.baldwin@utahmoca.org.

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FILM SCREENING 
Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson

APR 21 | 6:30 PM @ UMOCA

UMOCA is proud to host Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson, a free film screening and panel discussion presented by Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Sustaining a serious eye wound in Normandy during WWII that left him in the dark for two years, Myron “Pinky” Thompson emerged with a clear vision of his purpose in life, leading him to becoming a social worker and revered leader in the Native Hawaiian community. Thompson illuminated the Pacific Islander experience, leaving a legacy of positive social change and pride in Pacific heritage.

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U M O C A ‘ S   2 0 1 7   G A L A 

SIDESHOW

JUNE 3 | 6 PM COCKTAILS :: 7 PM DINNER :: PROMONTORY BUILDING AT THE UTAH STATE FAIRPARK

Prepare to be mystified by tempting eats, outlandish cocktails, alluring entertainment, and curious procurements at UMOCA’s 2017 Gala, SIDESHOW. Enjoy daring aerialists, captivating snake charmers, hypnotic contortionists, and radiant fire performers while enjoying delectable treats. UMOCA’s annual gala is the Museum’s largest fundraiser of the year and a party like no other. Don’t miss this fiery-filled event on June 3! Be part of the cultural vitality of our state and join us for a night to remember.

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JUSTIN CHOUINARD
These Ribbons Are Substratum

A-I-R SPACE| MAR 17 – APR 22

These Ribbons Are Substratum plays with light in both intricate and intimate ways, illuminating the ghosts of memories and transforming them into an altered state that is nostalgic yet foreign. Each film has been manipulated and stripped by hand, leaving the bones of cinema on display while distorted sounds rise directly from the film loops.

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RONA PONDICK
Dog

MAIN GALLERY | FEB 3 – JULY 15

Rona Pondick brings her own spin on the timeless image of the sphynx with her piece Dog. The dog-like body, created with luminescent gold metal, sits in the traditional sphynx position while a steel head and hands convey the work’s human-like quality. Ponder the many reflections of the body in our Main Gallery Exhibit, Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying.

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OUT LOUD 2017

ED SPACE: MAY 5 – JUL 8

Join UMOCA on May 5 for our opening reception of our 2017 Out Loud program exhibition in the Ed Space. Out Loud is UMOCA’s LGBTQIA+ youth program that promotes a safe creative space, that with peers, mentors, and the greater community, helps students build positive social connections and share their experience with others. Each year, our Out Loud participants explore contemporary art and create an exhibition featuring their work. By sharing their own work, we hope to reach a greater audience of LGBTQIA+ youth who are looking for support and light in the SLC community, as well as opening up a dialogue surrounding the experience of our local LGBTQIA+ youth.

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CÉLINE DOWNEN: BEEHIVE WORKS

ED SPACE | APR 28 – AUG 5

Strong communities are collections of individuals who work together. We all have something to contribute and the beehive highlights the idea of industry and collaboration. Built with the idea of creating a true community space, Céline Downen brings Beehive Works to UMOCA, an exhibition created from the popular after-school program at the Glendale Library. The end result is a combination of vibrant colors, patterns, thoughts and conversations where participants made not only the objects you will see, but also new human connections. View the exhibit, opening April 28 in the Ed Space.

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COMMUNITY VIGNETTES

COMIC CON AT UMOCA

Thank you to @gym.goth (dressed as Daenerys from Game of Thrones) for stopping by UMOCA before heading to Fan X 2017!

SELFIES BEFORE SCREENINGS

@3ironsslc stopped to take a selfie before heading to view three short films from Art From Exile at UMOCA.

YOGA IN THE MAIN GALLERY

@mydharma9 and her friends will bring a yoga workshop to UMOCA on April 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. Buy tickets today!

DOCUMENTING FILM LOOPS

Museum-goer #ae_jebus examines Justin Chouinard’s film exhibit in the A-I-R Space.


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THANK YOU TO OUR LEAD SUPPORTERS

Salt Lake County Center for the Arts
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
The Kanter Family Foundation
Sam & Diane Stewart Foundation
Utah Division of Arts & Museums
National Endowment for the Arts
Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation
Steven Labrum & Jenney Wilder
Val Antczak & Barbara Polich
Zeke Dumke, IV & Analecia Dumke