From facial recognition to drones to DNA, Panopticon examines surveillance tools and systems used to observe and record our daily lives. Gain insight into a selection of artworks within this exhibit, and then create a fingerprint artwork with your child.
Tatiana Svrckova Larsen received BA in Studio Arts from Wichita State University and earned an MFA in Art and Technology from Ohio State University. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to link her personal journey of things such as cultural assimilation, spirituality and interpersonal relationships. Her work often explores the “grey area” between two contrasts and the idea of passage from one condition or place to another, often uses cultural clichés, religious symbolism and images from her personal history.
Have you ever wanted to be a spy? Come create and decorate your own kaleidoscope-style spy glass. With it, you can spy on the world around you. But be aware that things are not always what they appear to be and that you never know who is spying on you! This art activity is inspired by our exhibition, Panopticon, which examines surveillance tools and systems used to observe and record our daily lives.
Out Loud is a community outreach program for youth in grades 9-12 that is dedicated to helping LGBTQ students and allies during tumultuous teen years convey their feelings “out loud” through the making of contemporary art. The April 3rd opening reception will showcase the culmination of their six weeks of hard work.
The exhibition, Church vs. State, offers a glimpse into the art collecting practices of both the State of Utah and the LDS Church. Join us in a conversation about how art collecting both influences and is influenced by historical legacy, institutional identity, and public image.
Levi Jackson, a native to Utah, went to school at Brigham Young University where he earned a BFA in sculpture in 2010 than attended Pratt Institute earning an MFA in photography/sculpture. While in New York, Jackson would travel back and forth to Utah every 5 weeks to enrich his art making practice which is centered around Utah culture, landscape and history. Jackson currently lives and works in Utah and teaches part time at BYU and Weber State Universities.
Slow Art Day is a worldwide celebration with a simple mission: to help more people take their time and discover the joy of art. The event encourages museumgoers to slow down and look at a piece of art, slowly, in order to make discoveries on their own terms.
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How often do you look in the mirror? Have you ever tried to see your reflection in a mirror that rotates away from your face? The only way to look into the Nonfacial Mirror in our Panoticon exhibit is to obscure the features of your face. Create a mask designed specifically to hide your identity from facial recognition software, and then test your creation in front of the Nonfacial Mirror in the Main Gallery.
On Saturday, June 6th, prepare to unleash the rabble-rouser within for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2015 annual gala: Vicious. This is UMOCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, so join us for delectable eats, dancing, silent, silent art, and live auctions. You bring the ruckus! Tickets are available February 1st.