The ORIGIN Issue

Cities of Conviction - Newsletter 2


U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N

CITIES OF CONVICTION

MAIN AND CODEC GALLERIES: AUG 25 – JAN 6
OPENING RECEPTION: AUG 25 | 7 – 9 PM

UMOCA is pleased to announce Cities of Conviction, an exhibition of contemporary Saudi Arabian art. Cities of Conviction will feature works form artists who are engaged in looking at the struggle and transformations of Saudi society, and who delve into complex issues linking Utah and Saudi Arabia, such as oil, pilgrimage and tension surrounding commercial development around cultural heritage sites. We invite you to join us for the opening reception on August 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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

THE ORIGIN ISSUE

In many ways, where we are from defines who we are: our communities, our culture and the places we live in are all pieces that have created who we are as individuals today. Our diverse, vast amounts of viewpoints are part of what make humans so unique—and, at the same time, so similar. Art allows us to share our perspectives and experiences with others, whether their walks of life have been similar or different than our own. Through our four new exhibitions, opening on August 25, UMOCA hopes to demonstrate the transformations our global societies have gone through, the similarities in our diverse cultures and the important role that art plays for sharing our experiences.

Share your thoughts: communications@utahmoca.org


U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N

JAIME SALVADOR CASTILLO AND MICHAEL ANTHONY GARCÍA
whereABOUTS

ED SPACE: AUG 12 – DEC 9
OPENING RECEPTION: AUG 25 | 7 – 9 PM

Castillo and García’s immersive art installation whereABOUTS has travelled all across Utah, encouraging community members to investigate mapping as a visual tool for understanding, expressing and building relationships between place, identity and community. Join us on August 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. to see the culmination of this work in it’s final stage as one of our Ed. Space exhibitions. whereABOUTS gives museum-goers the unique opportunity to explore individuals’ viewpoints on Utah from a wide range of communities.

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FAMILY ART SATURDAY
Cloud-Seeding Paper Airplanes

AUG 12 | 2 – 4 PM

Michael Ryan Handley uses processes like evaporation and weather manipulation to delve into the artistic potential of water and explore relationships between humans, nature, and art. Create your own cloud-seeding paper airplane decorated with water resistant materials and watercolor paints for a natural- and human-manipulated work of water art.

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MOVEMENT AND IDENTITY WORKSHOP WITH A-I-R BALQIS AL RASHED

AUG 12 & 19 | 11 AM TO 1:30 PM

In connection with the upcoming exhibition Cities of Conviction, UMOCA’s first international artist-in-residence, Balqis Al Rashed will lead two workshops on August 12 and 19. These workshops will explore the creation of meanings, practices and dichotomies in respect to the collective, identity and the self through movement and reflection. On August 12, participants will learn about performance art and body movement in a hula hoop workshop. On August 19, participants will write their own eulogy and present it to the class. To register for the workshops, please email Jared Steffensen at jared.steffesen@utahmoca.org.

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P R O G R A M M I N G 

LEVEL 31 MEMBERSHIP

UMOCA is pleased to introduce a new membership opportunity: the Level 31 membership. As a nod to UMOCA’s history, Level 31 members enjoy an exclusive and diverse schedule of monthly programming plus benefits of a UMOCA membership—not to mention, you’ll be hanging out with the hippest group of art fans in town. If you want to become more aware of, involved in and a part of Utah’s ever-growing contemporary art community, this is the membership for you! Donate to UMOCA and become a Level 31 member before August 10 to enjoy a private event with fellow Level 31 members. Don’t wait to take advantage of this unique opportunity to support the arts and expand your love for contemporary art! For more information visit utahmoca.org/join.

> BECOME A LEVEL 31 MEMBER

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U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N

BALQIS AL RASHED 
UMOCA’s First International Artist-In-Residence

MAIN GALLERY: AUG 25 – JAN 6
OPENING RECEPTION: AUG 25 | 7 – 9 PM

As a part of Cities of Conviction, Balqis Al Rashed is UMOCA’s first international Artist-in-Residence. Her work is an expression of her creativity, multiculturalism and individuality. Her current work focuses on the creation of meanings, practices and dichotomies in respect to the collective, identity and the self.

> VIEW THE EXHIBIT

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U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N

JASON MANLEY
Shrinking Room

A-I-R SPACE: AUG 25 – SEP 30
OPENING RECEPTION: AUG 25 | 7 – 9 PM

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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FAMILY ART SATURDAY
3D Calligraphy

Cities of Salt is a collaborative exhibition that highlights connections between Salt Lake City and Saudi Arabia. Inspired by the sculptural calligraphy of Nassar Al-Salem, this project looks at the way language frames our experience of the world. Explore the physical shape of your name by building a 3D calligraphic structure made of colorful, curled paper towers.

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C U R R E N T  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 | 7 – 9 PM

While many see the hijab as a symbol of homogenization and oppression, the women of Al Ahad believe the hijab represents a profound respect and connection to God. They have all made a personal choice to wear the garment at different times in their lives. As a way to combat stereotypes surrounding women who wear the hijab, Al Ahad created The Hijab Project and invited Muslim women from around Salt Lake City to create their own headscarves. See some of the beautiful work in this exhibition, available to view in the Ed. Space.

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COMMUNITY VIGNETTES

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“I AM ENOUGH”

Nike’s picture of @balqis_alrashed with her hula hoop, titled “I Am Enough.” Don’t miss her workshops at UMOCA on August 12 and 19!

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THROWBACK

Throwback to @ririewoodbury’s performance at UMOCA in the Street Gallery last summer.

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SOARING ABOVE THE TEMPLE

@epkosmicki took an incredible photo of the astronaut art piece in front of the UMOCA building

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ENOUGH SPINE

Museum-goer @deisauce’s beautiful photo with Willow Skye-Biggs’ installation Tastes Like Mandy with the quote, “If only I had enough spine to have stayed laying next to you.”


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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