Contemporary Reactions: Contemporary Spaces

The New Genres Gallery series Cultural Cartographies: Mapping Man-Made Interventions in Contemporary Landscapes focuses on the usage of still image and filmmaking to explore how myriad interventions (political, environmental, industrial, etcetera) inform our understanding of the social and natural environments that surround us. The New Genres Gallery series is now on its fifth and final […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Immersion

The Bikuben exhibition in UMOCA’s Main Gallery is coming to a close, but over these past six months, the gallery space was truly a time capsule with a twist, fostering a diverse artistic and cultural portrayal of Utah’s historical Danish population through contemporary art.   For Ted Phillips, a visitor from Boulder, Colorado, Bikuben was a creative and informative […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Changing Perspectives

Contemporary art is challenging. It’s meant to be—although art doesn’t ask you to change your opinions, it does ask you to shift, and expand, your perspectives. For Anna Koelsch, a museum visitor from San Francisco, Jeppe Hein’s Rotating Mirror Object II (2013) did exactly that. Hein’s piece is exactly how it sounds: it’s a mirror object mounted […]

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Contemporary Reactions: The Challenging Cinematography of “Animate V”

The tap tap of the drum from Simon Dybbroe Møller’s video, Animate V, in our Main Gallery draws people in with its constant boom. Contemplative visitor, Taryn, was no exception remarking that, “The striking cinematography challenges you to follow it. I love that it was bilingual with two narrators and made you want to explore […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Poetic Postcards

“It’s downright poetic!” Klaus a visitor from Austria exclaimed Thursday evening. His eyes lit up with passion as he said this. Although only spending half-a-day in Salt Lake, Klaus decided to devote a thoughtful hour within the museum dodging the large throng of Comic Con participants waiting in a line outside the doors; deciding instead […]

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The Volcano Series

written by Angela Marler Olafur Eliasson, The Volcano Series A wall of stunning photos, tiled out across the gallery, makes up Olfaur Eliasson’s The Volcano Series. Born in Denmark but raised in Iceland, Eliasson photographs the natural beauty that surrounded him growing up. Each crater photographed is spectacular—some rimmed with snow, some filled with ice-blue […]

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Postales Desde El Filo

  Postcards show places the way you wish they always were—glowing sunsets, pristine landscapes, and shining skylines. In artist Marcos Ramirez ERRE’s postcards, however, the reality of life near Mexican tourist destinations is carefully handwritten on the back, with an honest photo to match. Postales Desde El Filo, (Postcards From the Edge), is part of […]

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Dinner for Two

  Written by Angela Marler   Elmgreen & Dragset Dinner for Two (2002), instructions from do it: the compendium Choose a dining table, round or square, but not too big. Cover the top with a table cloth and place two white china plates, two sets of forks and knives and two wine glasses on it. […]

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Featured Art: “Attack of the Brine Shrimp”

Mike Cassidy Attack of the Brine Shrimp 1980, DVD Courtesy of the Utah Independent Film Archives in Special Collections at J. Willard Marriott Library Utah’s landscape has a storied history in the movies. John Ford’s quintessential Western, The Searchers, finds John Wayne looking downright iconic in Monument Valley. In countless other Hollywood films, Utah also […]

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