UMOCA: Contemporary Since 1931

STREET GALLERY 08.06–09.11.2021   From its very start, UMOCA has been resolutely, tirelessly contemporary since 1931, a clear and independent voice, committed to some of the most pressing issues of its day. While many things have changed over the ninety-year history, some things have not, including a commitment to community, local artists, education, vision, awareness, […]

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JORGE ROJAS: Corn Mandala: Flower of Life

PROJECTS GALLERY Corn Mandala: Flower of Life is part of an ongoing series of performances and artworks focused on corn, titled Gente de Maiz. Through this body of work, Rojas examines the importance of corn as a food source and its cultural/ spiritual significance to indigenous peoples in the Americas. Rojas uses small colorful kernels to produce […]

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Annelise Duque: Remember Them Alive

Remember Them Alive is a series of staged tableaux where a young woman is repeatedly swarmed by reappearing hands that reach, intimidate, and console.    The photographs, arranged as a mise en scéne (French for literally “putting on stage”), read as filmic scenes, performance stills, or narratives set and staged on the visual plane. For UMOCA Artist-in-Residence Annelise […]

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Yujin Kang: Mountainous

Yujin Kang’s UMOCA Artist-in-Residence capstone project Mountainous is an ambitious exhibition with three distinct bodies of work. Overall, the three individual projects examine our understanding of the landscape—particularly the mountain ranges found throughout Utah—and our place within such vast geological features. As a collective process, the paintings reveal themselves through the material characteristics of the […]

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Joshua Graham: Walking In Place

Walking In Place is a site-specific installation consisting of found objects, strange artifacts, and other ephemera collected while in residence at the museum. The work on display reflects Joshua’s commitment to a year-long practice of walking the paths that zigzag across the foothills above Salt Lake City. Eschewing human-made trails in favor of the paths […]

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Dimitri Kozyrev: After Palekh

Dimitri Kozyrev’s work deals with the human struggle to manage change. Change is sometimes subtle, like aging or erosion, but the shattering and sudden changes of the past 18 months have been tectonic, paradigm-shifting, and fundamentally altering to culture and life.  This exhibition was born from Kozyrev’s experience brought on by the constraints of the […]

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HORACIO RODRIGUEZ: RADICALIZED RELICS

Radicalized Relics is a collaboration across centuries between Horacio Rodriguez and pre-Columbian Indigenous artisans from Mexico, whose artifacts form the basis of this exhibition. His practice also takes inspiration from the Mexican muralists of the 1920’s, Chicano artists of the 1970s and 1980s, graffiti aesthetics, outsider art, and the neon-colored consumer-based symbols of his childhood. […]

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Baggage: Alex Caldiero In Retrospect

STREET GALLERY For me, making language is a function of my organism. . . and yet, in reality there is only one medium: the body, with all the resources for sensation, perception, and conception. The rest is baggage. -Alex Caldiero, February 2021 Referred to by the artist as a “grand examination of his consciousness,” this […]

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KATHRYN KNUDSEN: PLUME

EXIT GALLERY The work of Kathryn Knudsen is influenced by colors, shapes, and patterns found in nature. Called Plume, her exhibition is made by organizing small bits of brightly colored felt, fabric, and thread into radiating patterns, creating objects that mimic cells, leaves, petals, and ornamental bird feathers.  By working with recycled materials, her practice […]

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ALLISON SCHULNIK: MOUND

CODEC GALLERY Allison Schulnik’s Mound is a series of paintings brought to life through simple materials and stop-motion animation techniques. Constantly in a state of flux, Schulnik’s crudely rendered figures writhe, morph, sway, and dance to the melancholy sounds of Scott Walker’s song, “It’s Raining Today,” (1969). Their flesh moves independently from their bodies, moved […]

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