Renting a car, performing brain surgery and then putting a baby to bed: De-installing an art exhibit

The first step of de-installing an exhibition is filling out condition reports, much like checking for damage on a rental car before driving it off the lot. In this case, the art pieces are the cars about to be passed from one renter to the next. The exhibition Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying came to […]

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Contemporary Reactions: The Delicate Line Between Nourishment and Destruction

Nestled in a corner of the Main Gallery is UMOCA’s A-I-R Space, an area specially devoted to showcasing UMOCA’s artists-in-residence. Entering the gallery almost feels like entering a secret world, partitioned off and hidden behind encompassing walls. Yet while physically contained in a small space, the A-I-R Space’s current exhibition, Scott Horsley’s I Learned It […]

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Rona Pondick | "Dog"

Museum Lighting: How Hard Can It Be?

UMOCA’s Chief Preparator, John Burdick, shares insight on the lighting process of the Museum’s many exhibitions. Museum lighting—how hard can it be? You screw a lightbulb into a thing, plug the thing into an outlet and aim the light at the artwork, right? Yes … sometimes.Every so often, lighting an exhibition is straightforward. I’ll usually […]

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Defining Contemporary Art

What is Contemporary Art? It is astonishing that so many individuals crave a definition for contemporary art, even though it continually permeates our lives! The concepts within contemporary art are what people face on a daily basis, whether it be political, social, cultural, or environmental. Even though Art21 defines contemporary art as “the work of […]

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Artist Interview: Tove Storch

Tove Storch | Interview (Draft) Tove Storch is one of six artists currently displayed in UMOCA’s exhibit, Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art, which explores how visual artists use three-dimensionality as a language to reframe and expand notions of objecthood. Storch, who lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, creates conceptually-based sculptural works that often involve […]

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Berna Reale’s Harsh Realities

Last month the United States was devastated by an outbreak of police shootings targeted primarily towards black males. In 2016, at least 136 black people died at the unjust hands of civil servants sworn to protect us. Meanwhile, data supplied by the World Health Organization indicates that 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either […]

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Sharing Experience Through Visual Storytelling

Mary Toscano’s Art Truck exhibition, Dog Days, comes to a close this August after a full year of road trips along the Wasatch front. Toscano’s series of five drawings presented an opportunity for students and teachers alike to reflect on personal experiences that relate to contemporary culture. Participants of all ages explored narrative elements in […]

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Contemporary Reactions: America We Stand As One

Christoph Büchel, America We Stand As One. 2005. Film; colour, sound, arabic subtitles, 00:03:51 (loop). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Every six months, UMOCA completely revamps its exhibitions. The latest museum-wide unveiling was in February of this year. Micah, a student at the University of Utah studying Computer Science and Math, dropped by on […]

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