Opening Reception: Jensen, Taylor & ED Space

March 22, 2019 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
20 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City
UT 84101
Opening Reception: Jensen, Taylor & ED Space @ Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

Join us as we celebrate the opening of three new UMOCA exhibitions from 7 – 9 PM.

Projects Gallery | Heidi Jensen: Sit Comfortably in a Darkened Room and Think of Nothing
In Claude Cahun’s monologue “Helen the Rebel”, the narrative of Helen of Troy is reimagined and retold. Rather than existing as a passive object of desire, Cahun’s Helen collaborates with her husband Menelaus to orchestrate the Trojan War. Her renowned beauty is the result of a training process. Helen relates instructions from Menelaus on how to become beautiful: “. . . sit comfortably in a darkened room and think of nothing. Just that, every day, for a few minutes – gradually and indefinitely increasing the time”. The work in this exhibition casts an oblique eye at subjects homely and humble, extravagant and decorative. >More

AIR Space | Claire Taylor: Transcendence by Observation
In attempting to describe sublime experiences in words, one feels inadequate or pretentious. Perhaps this is why landscape painters have taken on depicting the sublime. Claire Taylor follows this tradition by visually expressing her ineffable encounters and conversations with what humans refer to as “the natural world”- a named distinction for wildlife and landscapes as if we are separate from them. By sharing her experiences, Taylor challenges the construct of the nature/culture divide. >More

ED Space | Primary Children’s Hospital Art Therapy Dept. Youth Artists: See Me
See Me seeks to answer the question, “If you could look inside someone’s heart and mind, what would you see?” Young people facing health challenges were asked to share their stories, perceptions of self, and reflections on their health journey in visual art form. This exhibition invites the viewer to consider the ways we share and connect with the people around us and how we choose to author our stories of physical and emotional healing through visual art. >More