Contemporary Reactions: INTERNMENT 抑留, Scott Tsuchitani 槌谷スコット, and “Executive Order 9066”

UMOCA’s Development Intern, Joe Taylor, recaps Scott Tsuchitani’s exhibition, INTERNMENT 抑留,  as well as his artist talk on June 26, “Execrative Order: 906-6-6,” in order to reflect upon and unpack the topics that Tsuchitani confronts us with in his work. Tsuchitani’s exhibition in the Codec Gallery brings to light the forced relocation of Japanese Americans […]

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It’s time to EAT!

Summertime at UMOCA is no different from summertime anywhere else in Utah: It involves sunshine, gardening, the community, and everything local—and it means that it’s time for Eat Art Together (E.A.T.). Now in its second year, E.A.T. is UMOCA’s community outreach program that brings together two of our most-beloved things: art and food. The initiative […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Panopticon and MISSILEBLOWER

Les Duffield, a third-year MFA student at Indiana University, found himself in Utah after transporting artwork from Indiana. While in the neighborhood, Les decided to squeeze his favorite Utah attractions into one day, which included a visit to UMOCA. The day of his visit, he had woken up in Zion National Park. After sharing his […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Out Loud

As first-time visitors to UMOCA, Asa and his family weren’t quite sure of what to expect.  Mistyamber specified that Panopticon serves as a great “reminder to be careful, and that social media has powerful consequences,” and related how oversharing on the Internet can be problematic—for example, when people announce their vacations, it’s akin to letting […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Church vs. State

After making a spontaneous trip to UMOCA, Salt Lake City native Leah Klein was thrilled to see the diversity that exists within the local art scene. “Coming to UMOCA has helped expose me to some really interesting local and non-local contemporary art in our community,” said Klein. Klein went on to explain that her favorite […]

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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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