Mapping Identity and Community: The Art Truck

What is the Art Truck? UMOCA’s Art Truck community outreach program brings art to K-12 Students throughout Utah. The traveling exhibition gives schools a chance to incorporate art into their curriculum without worrying about the expense of taking a fieldtrip to the museum. The 2016-2017 Art Truck mobile exhibition whereABOUTS features the work of artists […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting: Revisiting 2013 and Tala Madani

We’ll never forget Tala Madani’s signature style, which incorporates loose and expressive brushwork, the satire of political cartoons, and the palette of American abstraction. The result, as exemplified by the painterly video animations that we encountered in Madani’s 2013-2014 solo show at UMOCA, playfully deconstructs western tropes in order to discuss global concerns about racial […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

The Illusion of Freedom

JUN 4 | 7 PM THE ILLUSION OF FREEDOM: LITERATURE AND THE INVENTION OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL POLICE STATE Nathan Gorelick, Assistant Professor, Department of English Literature, UVU When we think about George Orwell’s 1984, we think of Big Brother—Big Brother is always watching, after all. We forget the most truly disturbing element of the book, […]

Read More

Q&A With Mie Olise

Q&A with Mie Olise: June 27 from 6 to 7 PM Bikuben Opening Reception: June 27 from 7 to 9 PM Salt Lake City, UT – A seemingly fragile and dilapidated structure commands the space in UMOCA’s Main Gallery. Shipsearching (2014) is an echo of Olise’s family history on the Island of Mors interwoven with […]

Read More