One Giant Leap for Mankind

Ideologue Sneak Peek – 2009: A Space Exodus UMOCA’s upcoming Main Gallery show, Ideologue, is a group exhibition that brings together international and national contemporary artists who employ humor and hyperbole to reimagine platforms of ideology. Through text, print, video, and sculpture, the projects in Ideologue playfully map out how contemporary artists poke fun at […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Confront Yourself / Corrupt.Yourself

Currently in UMOCA’s Codec Gallery, visitors can find three pieces by Paris-based artist Ben Gaulon. His installation, Corrupt.Yourself, confronts a societal “glitch” in which we all participate: planned obsolescence and consumerism in a disposable society.   Upon entering the gallery, the viewer is confronted by the titular work, a center projection titled Corrupt.Yourself. Referencing Glitch Art software, which […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Shawn Porter’s “Into the Ether”

Sketches are often mindless beginnings of a thought or idea. It is the first step in creation. Shawn Porter’s Into the Ether, currently on display in UMOCA’s A-I-R Space, is a three-dimensional sketch using a variety of organic materials to create an effortless, playful piece that is open to interpretation. This openness leaves the materials, textures, […]

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Mel Ziegler on “Dark On That Whiteness”

On Aug. 26, 2015, we were thrilled and honored to host artist Mel Ziegler for an exclusive preview and walkthrough of our Main Gallery exhibition, Grandma’s Cupboard, which presents Ziegler’s work created during his partnership with Kate Ericson, as well as a survey of works from his solo career. Here, Ziegler discuss his and Ericson’s large […]

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Firelei Báez

When Firelei Báez, winner of the 2015 Catherine Doctorow Prize, presented an art talk about her work at UMOCA, we found ourselves impressed and fascinated, nodding along with the occasional moment of realization—“Oh!”—as Báez placed her works into context.   Báez’s works are distinguished by a stunning and rich visual language, a testimony to the African […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Sometimes, Once Is Never Enough

While in Salt Lake for a work trip, Ami Fatherree—who currently resides in Tacoma, Washington and is originally from Houston, Texas—made her way to UMOCA on a day off after realizing that the museum was right around the corner from her hotel. Good timing, too, because Ami was able to see Grandma’s Cupboard right when […]

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