DEC 9 | 7 PM | ART TALK
With artist Dan Mills, Director of the Bates College Museum of Art
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, into his work 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, and wanting to explore history rather than stories. Since that time, he has made work about history and colonization in 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. Mills works in various media including painting, collage, mixed media, and sculptural installations.
With artist Mel Ziegler, Chair of the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University
Mel Ziegler has continued an artistic practice based on the central principles and strategies of his partnership with Kate Ericson, during which the two produced some of the most profound conceptual art projects of the late 20th century. In his own practice, Ziegler’s technique allows for a distinct expression of humor, craft, and sensibility in his work. Still working with local iconography, landscape, and culture, Ziegler’s projects encourage alternative understandings of how Americana—as symbol, material, and motif—is represented and experienced throughout regions across the globe.
SEP 24 | 7 PM | ART TALK
With artist Firelei Báez, Winner of the 2015 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting
Báez will discuss the historical and cultural ties throughout her paintings, and place her exhibition, Patterns of Resistance, into the context of her works as a whole.
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AUG 15 | 1 PM | ART TALK
With Tunica Studio, in collaboration with Mall
Tunica Studio will be releasing their brand new issue and discussing the concept behind their Pool Party, part of Mall no. 2. Get a vacuum packed fanzine and meet Tunica before they fly back to NYC.
Tunica is based in New York, with satellites in Barcelona, Paris, South Korea, Berlin, Brazil, and Mexico. Tunica produces a biannual publication with contributors who represent a wide range of international, cutting-edge artistic disciplines. The publication, now in its fourth issue, is spearheaded by an influential team of creative minds, including art directors and guest editors from around the world who ultimately advocate many different approaches to creating.
With Amanda Douberley, Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A discussion of Claes Oldenburg’s Geometric Mouse
Oldenburg is widely known for his large-scale, site-specific sculptures, initiated by Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks in 1969. Created during the same year, Geometric Mouse is arguably the most self-reflexive of Oldenburg’s early public art projects, and unique within the artist’s oeuvre for its combination of a small-scale multiple with a large-scale sculpture. Through Oldenburg’s exploration of mass production, industrial fabrication, and branding, Geometric Mouse reveals the stakes of making public sculpture, not only at a crucial moment in the artist’s career, but also at a decisive turning point in the history of public art in the United States.
With Scott Tsuchitani 槌谷スコット, Artist and Filmmaker
Execrative Order 906-6-6: War, postmemory, and the poetics of evasion
Artist and filmmaker Scott Tsuchitani will discuss his visual art and documentary on the mass forced relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II. The son of a former internee at the Topaz War Relocation Authority concentration camp in Delta, Utah, Tsuchitani will speak about the poetics of historical evasion, as well as the manner by which his artwork intervenes into intergenerational postmemory. This talk is presented in conjunction with his upcoming Codec Gallery exhibition, INTERNMENT 抑留>
With Pete Ashdown, Shannon M. Mussett, and Nathan Gorelick
WHO WILL GUARD THE GUARDIANS? is a four-part series hosted by the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with its Main Gallery exhibition, Panopticon: Visibility, Data, and the Monitoring Gaze. Three lecturers will discuss various aspects of panopticism, from its underlying history to how we exist under it today. The final series installation is a screening of the 1985 science fiction film, Brazil. MORE>
APR 23 | 7 PM | ART TALK
With Bartholomew Ryan, Assistant Curator at the Walker Art Center
Two Exhibitions and a Conversation
In his talk, Ryan will respond to the themes explored in UMOCA’s Main Gallery exhibition, Panopticon, by looking to two of his recent exhibitions, 9 Artists and International Pop, and their related themes. Focusing on particular artists and artworks, Ryan will consider the changing nature of surveillance, the question of self-broadcasting in an era of social networking, and the ways in which the democratization of looking can become a positive value, a means to reflect power back on itself.
With Christin Aucunas
The .gif: the File that Won the Internet
.gif animation is everywhere. It’s a quick and easy form of communication that permeates a seemingly inexhaustible array of online communities, including forums and comment sections to major brands and advertisers to, now, the art museum. How did this simple, lo-fi form of communication become so ubiquitous? This talk will explore the underlying factors and structures that elevated an element of kitschy web design to a powerful tool of connection.
With Alana Kindness, Justin Boardman, Lindsay Hansen-Park and moderator Cat Palmer
Prevail will bring together four of SLC’s community leaders on the subject of domestic violence to host a panel discussion that will help individuals recognize and bring awareness to domestic violence against women. The discussion will examine how to recognize the many forms of abuse, offer techniques to confront abusive behavior and pave the way to finding personal resilience. MORE>
With moderator Robert Henline
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 inward feelings “out loud” through the making of contemporary art. MORE>
William Lamson’s Hydrologies represents two projects set in opposite hemispheres in which the acts of adding and removing water from the landscape become catalysts for generative works. Join us for a Q&A with Lamson as he discusses his process and objects exhibited. William Lamson (b. 1977) is a video and performance artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His recent solo exhibitions include Action for the Delaware at Honor Fraser, Los Angeles (2014), A Certain Slant of Light at the University Art Museum, SUNY Albany, NY (2013), and Mercy of the Waves at Whittier College, Whittier, CA (2013).
OCT 23 | 7 PM GUEST ARTIST TALK
Carla Bengtson is a Painter and Installation Artist from Bend, OR. Her current site-responsive projects, situated in wild, domestic, and liminal spaces, create possible/impossible situations in which to attempt interspecies communication.
SEP 19 | 8-9 PM
Inspired by UMOCA’s exhibition Bikuben, Danish choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen from NOW-ID captures themes of home, belonging and identity in this one night, brief, performance right at 8:30 PM. Experience captivating movement performed to the eclectic sound of Figura, a Danish music collective.
SEP – OCT | 7 PM Video Games | Philosophy | Contemporary Art
Hosted by UMOCA, Alex Johnstone and C. Thi Nguyn
LEVEL UP is a series of panel discussions that will navigate beyond invisible walls to touch on a variety of philosophical topics. Each of five discussions will question the artistic quality of environment aesthetics, investigate player experience as a greater narrative and explore the social and ethical implications of in-game economics and open world creativity on global society.
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Glenn Weyant artist Q&A with Rachel Povey and Aubrey Hawks
Glenn Weyant will share his experience creating “The Anta Project,” a sonic collage played on the US/Mexico border wall separating Nogales, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico.
Weyant’s transformation of a dividing wall into a unifying piece of music will be the topic of discussion, led by “In Motion: Borders and Migrations” contributing editors Rachel Povey and Aubrey Hawks.
AUG 31 | 7 PM GUEST ARTIST TALK
with Robert Yoder
How do you avoid conflicts of interest in the art world when the stake are high, the egos are fragile and fame is fleeting? Pollock-Krasner Foundation award winning artist, and successful gallerist, Robert Yoder will discuss the difficulties and tensions between advocating for himself as a nationally known artist, and in promoting an arsenal of artists that he represents as a gallerist. Robert’s struggles and triumphs in Seattle, a town to which Salt Lake City can look for analogies in the development of a contemporary art scene, can serve and both inspiration and a cautionary tale to our city’s creative community. This talk is part of UMOCA’s Artist in Residency Program which is generously sponsored by the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, and the R. Harold Burton Foundation.