Contemporary Reactions: a Sense of Leeriness

Visitor Services Intern Hannah Sandorf relays an in-museum interaction with guest Tyler Hall regarding Jennifer Seely’s “Supporting Elements” Jennifer Seely’s Supporting Elements has inspired some profound insights from visitors to the museum. One patron in particular who was struck by the ideas presented by Seely’s exhibition is Tyler Hall. He is a student at Weber […]

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Artist Interview: Andrew Rice

  Andrew Rice has evoked emotions of protection and isolation through paintings that remind one of shell-like environments. Rice conveys a feeling of protection—while also asking that we recognize how easily protection can be a barrier from accessing new experiences in our surrounding world. Mixing his talents of printmaking, drawing and painting, Rice invites his […]

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Berna Reale’s Harsh Realities

Last month the United States was devastated by an outbreak of police shootings targeted primarily towards black males. In 2016, at least 136 black people died at the unjust hands of civil servants sworn to protect us. Meanwhile, data supplied by the World Health Organization indicates that 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either […]

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Beyond These Curated Walls

When considering the term contemporary art museum, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is likely a sterile, quiet space imbued with challenging and relevant artwork. Here at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) we take that a step further by exploring our own definition as an establishment. While providing the […]

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Linguistics of Contemporary Art

The question that has been asked so many times and yet still has so many people wondering: What is contemporary art? Nowadays, contemporary art has a different definition according to who you ask. Most commonly, it is defined as art made from the 1970’s and on. However, “in its most simple and basic terms, [contemporary […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Free Speaking

Here at UMOCA, we are very excited about the film, The Unspeakable Freedom Device by artist Jennet Thomas now showing in the Codec gallery. Ben Smith, a Virginia native now living in Farmington, Utah, is also elated about the piece. Smith is a student at Brigham Young University studying for a Public Health degree. Some […]

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