The BRIDGE Issue

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U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N

AL AHAD
The Hijab Project

ED SPACE: JUL 21 – NOV 18
OPENING RECEPTION: AUG 25 | 6 – 9 PM

Al Ahad is an Arabic word meaning “indivisible” and is used to describe God. It also serves as an acronym: Always Love Against Hate and Discrimination. The members of Al Ahad, a local organization working to change the public perceptions of Islam, believe that love, unity and community action are society’s strongest tools against hate and systemic racism. Informed by survey results and personal experiences, Al Ahad created The Hijab Project, a workshop where Muslim women from around Salt Lake City could create their own headscarves with the hope of dispelling stereotypes surrounding women who wear the hijab.

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N O T E   F R O M   T H E   E D I T O R

THE BRIDGE ISSUE

One of the purposes of contemporary art is to bridge the gaps between social differences and allow individuals to learn about other cultures while examining their own. At UMOCA, we aim to provide diverse gallery spaces completed with artworks from a variety of people from all walks of life. By exhibiting local, national and global works of art, we hope to continue to foster a space for conversations and community building, eliminating discrimination and building bridges between communities here in Utah and beyond.

Share your thoughts: communications@utahmoca.org


C U R R E N T   E X H I B I T I O N

SCOTT HORSLEY
I Learned it from Watching You

A-I-R SPACE: JUN 9 – JUL 15

Scott Horsley’s exhibition I Learned it from Watching You discusses the parallels between nourishment and destruction. By linking two concepts to one item, a pressure cooker, Horsley has created an unsettling narrative that juxtaposes the colorful and charismatic aesthetic of the exhibit. View his exhibition in the A-I-R Space until July 15.

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FAMILY ART SATURDAY
Sounds of Sanctuary

JUL 8 | 2 – 4 PM

Youth media organization Spy Hop’s exhibition, Safe and Sound, challenges teens to record short audio pieces of what safety sound like to them. What sound do you connect safety with? Create a set of foam headphones decorated with images that remind you of safety in this family-friendly workshop!

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DAMN THESE HEELS FILM FESTIVAL

JUL 14 – 16 | @ ROSE WAGNER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Damn These Heels is the Mountain West’s longest-running LGBTQ+ film festival. Damn These Heels celebrates our community’s diversity by sharing LGBTQ+ history, culture, ideas, struggles and triumphs through film in a safe, supportive environment. This year at the festival, you can also view UMOCA’s 2017 Out Loud exhibition, Identities, Symbolism, and the Self.

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P R O G R A M M I N G 

UMOCA’S ART TRUCK
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UMOCA’s Art Truck literally crosses bridges all over the state to bring exciting, unique and accessible contemporary art, created by leading local and national artists, to schools and community venues in Utah. This summer you can catch the Art Truck exhibiting Jaime Salvador Castillo and Michael Anthony García’s exhibit, whereABOUTS, at various parks and events, including Ogden’s Arts in the Parks, Discovery Gateway, Library Square, Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month and more. View our schedule for exact dates, times and locations.

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C U R R E N T   E X H I B I T I O N

RONA PONDICK AND ROBERT FEINTUCH 
Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying

MAIN GALLERY: FEB 3 – JUL 15
CLOSING SOON

This exhibition brings together sculptures by Rona Pondick and paintings by Robert Feintuch. Believing that the body speaks, their work embraces gesture, posture, naturalism and expressive distortion. Both artists incorporate mythology and culture into their pieces, allowing museum-goers to explore historical myths and religious imagery. Don’t miss this exhibit, closing July 15.

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P R O G R A M M I N G

DRINKING ABOUT ART

JUL 31 | 6:30 – 8 PM @ WATERWITCH BAR

UMOCA has a new and exciting program in the works: Drinking About Art. Drinking About Art is all about casual drinks with local luminaries and hearing about how contemporary arts and culture have impacted their lives, allowing for shared experiences in a fun, informal setting. Drinking About Art events will be hosted every other month at Salt Lake’s most contemporary and intimate bar, Water Witch, and will feature loosely structured conversations, making contemporary art more comfortable. Don’t miss our next DAA event on July 31!

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P R O G R A M M I N G

ARTLESS

Humans have always used art as a way to share stories and information about their cultures, backgrounds and thoughts. Much of what we understand about our ancestors has been through works of art: stitching patterns, clay sculptures, painted pottery, architecture design—these have told us our history, evolution and growth as global citizens. Through art, we connect. We share stories. We learn about other experiences. Without art, our cultural awareness and societal growth would diminish. With your support, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art promises to provide a safe space for artistic experimentation, innovative educational programs and community building. Don’t live in a world that is Artless.

> I AM NOT ARTLESS


Balqis AlRashed, "A State of Play"

Balqis AlRashed, “A State of Play”

U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N 

CITIES OF CONVICTION

MAIN GALLERY: AUG 25 – DEC 16
OPENING RECEPTION: AUG 25 | 7 – 9 PM

UMOCA is partnering with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and CULTURUNNERS to curate an exhibition of contemporary art from Saudi Arabia. Cities of Conviction will present works from artists who are engaged in looking at the struggle and transformations of Saudi society and delving into complex issues that link Utah and Saudi Arabia, such as oil, pilgrimage and tension surrounding commercial development around cultural heritage sites. From sacred lands to the way society condemns or accepts religious practices, each unique culture connects to one another in a variety of ways. Contemporary art has always been at the heart of these human connections, bringing to the forefront the most pressing issues of our national and global cultures.

Be on the lookout for our Cities of Conviction press release and more information, coming soon.


COMMUNITY VIGNETTES

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CLOUD SEEDING

@johanna.vand snapped a lovely photo of Michael Ryan Handley’s cloud seeding installation in action.

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SPINES

Willow Skye-Biggs’ Tastes Like Mandy proves to be an alluring, ethereal installation in @chandlatlee’s photo.

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RADIO SHOW

@culturunners took a photo of UMOCA’s Executive Director, Kristian Anderson, promoting Cities of Conviction. Listen to the show here.

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HEAD ABOVE THE CLOUDS

Robert Feintuch’s painting, Another Assumption, is looking heavenly in @alidunn31’s photo.


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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