Contemporary Reactions: A Menagerie of the Human Body

Rona Pondick’s intricate sculptures immediately catch the interest of the Museum’s guests when they walk into the Main Gallery. The sculpture’s human appendages that seamlessly morph with abstract animal bodies examine the body, while also creating parallels to historically and culturally significant pieces of art. Feintuch’s paintings also portray the human body, but in a […]

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The Cardinal Rule: Please Do Not Touch the Art

So you want to touch the art… I understand—art is alluring, especially when it’s constructed with materials that shine, move, swirl, jiggle, or have a thrilling texture. But touching the art causes more damage than most people realize. It is our duty as museum staff to preserve and keep safe the artworks that are displayed […]

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Jodi exploring Alyce Carrier's "Old Work" in UMOCA's Projects Gallery

Contemporary Reactions: Mundane Intimacy

Alyce Carrier’s exhibit, Old Work, in the Projects Gallery has received an array of reactions, but the majority of patrons’ comments reflect on how clever and profound her work can be. By incorporating 3-D sculptures, prints, and a stop-animation film, Carrier is able to speak to viewers on many different levels. Jodi, a visitor to […]

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What Our Interns Have To Say

UMOCA prides itself on providing members of our community with interests in museums and the arts with door-opening opportunities. Our internship programs offer a variety of temporary work placements in numerous departments of the museum, from Front Desk and Marketing to Curatorial and Graphic Design, our interns get real-life, hands-on experience in their future fields. […]

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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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