The holiday season is upon us! Get a gift-buying head start at our Art Shop, where we feature beautiful works and wares, all by local artists. Plus, we’ve invited local artists Cat Palmer, Ernest Gentry, and Jena Schmidt to set up shop in the museum lobby. Stop by, sip some hot chocolate, and shop small!
Stroller Tours are designed to ease concerns associated with talkative children and crying babies by providing an exclusive time for museum exploration and tailored, grown-up discussions free of pressure. These interactive tours will refresh your spirit and expand your mind.
Please remember, touching the art is not allowed. We recommend toddlers remain in their strollers. Please RSVP to Elly Baldwin.
DEC 9 | 9:30 AM
Kate Ericson & Mel Ziegler: Grandma’s Cupboard
Grandma’s Cupboard is an exhibition made up of two parallel surveys: one of the collaborative and socially engaged artworks created by Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler over the span of a decade, and another of Ziegler’s solo practice following Ericson’s untimely death in 1995. Experience both parts of this exhibition before it closes later this month as we explore ideas of Americana, community, and home.
With artist Dan Mills, Director of the Bates College Museum of Art and Lecturer in the Humanities
Topics that captivate Dan Mills include cartography and other systems of visualizing and codifying information, history and current events, satire and humor. He began to incorporate collage, and with it maps, in the early 1990s. The catalyst for this was the quincentennial of the event euphemistically referred to as The First Encounter, or The Discovery of the New World, when Columbus discovered America, among other things. Since that time, he has explored history and colonization through painting/collages on large roll-down school maps, US imperialism by creating an atlas reconfiguring the world, and more recently, he has been using maps as a space to visualize data about current wars and conflicts.
Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler’s collaboration from 1985 to 1995 often took the form of socially engaged artworks that delved into individual community issues. This month’s activity is inspired by this legacy. Each visitor will learn about traditional quilt designs before creating two unique fabric squares of their own, one to take home and one to donate to the creation of a community quilt. Once the quilt is completed, UMOCA will find it a worthy home in Salt Lake City where it will help keep a family warm through the winter.
In addition to UMOCA’s Family Art Saturday project, KUED will screen educational kids programming in the auditorium throughout the day. This month, KUED will be screening Super WHY! Judith’s Happy Chanukah and exploring PBS Kids educational apps in the Cleone Peterson Eccles Mobile Education Lab.