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Blind Kittens
Iván Argote, 2014.  Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Perrotin, Paris  
Upcoming in the Main Gallery exhibition, Ideologue

In his 2014 3-D animation,  Blind Kittens, Iván Argote places majestic icons of history and power into an unexpected context. In the short video, Argote presents the sculptures of three symbolic lions from Iraq, China, and Italy. Here, the lions, which represent massive strength and territorial control, become three blind, vulnerable kittens batting around a small ball, disrupting our notions of superiority and dominance.

N O T E  F R O M  T H E  E D I T O R 


We're proud to present our Main Gallery exhibition,  Ideologue. Featuring works by nine national and international artists, this show employs humor and hyperbole to poke fun at the political universe and its claims to social truth.

Given the compelling nature of these works and in keeping with the spirit of election season (not to mention the start of the Utah legislative session), we wanted to dedicate the entire February editorial to Ideologue. From satirical videos to silk-sc reen prints to installation, these works remind us of the power of humor in understanding our world.

Join us for Ideologue's opening and celebrate a museum-wide unveiling on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.

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Basim Magdy_ The Future of Your Head_ 2008_ Installation view Ce Qui Vient_ Ateliers de Rennes _ Biennale d_art contemporain_ 2010.

Basim Magdy, The Future of Your Head, 2008. Installation view Ce Qui Vient, Ateliers de Rennes,
Biennale d'art contemporain, 2010

Storytelling and Mixed Messages

Basim Magdy's work mixes historical references and cultural inconsistencies to create humorous and cryptic narratives that span photography, video, painting, and installation. In Ideologue, Magdy presents two text-based works that highlight the artist's penchant for ambiguous phrases that still manage to read poetically, elicit responses from viewers, and convey a sense of perspective and storytelling.

Kathryn Andrews_ Hobo _Lemonhead__ 2014. Image courtesy of the Artist and David Kordansky Gallery_ Los Angeles
Kathryn Andrews_ American Hobo_ 2014. Image courtesy of the Artist and David Kordansky Gallery_ Los Angeles
Kathryn Andrews, Hobo (Lemonhead), 2014. Image courtesy of the Artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Kathryn Andrews,  American Hobo , 2014. Image courtesy of the Artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Kathryn Andrews,  Hobo (Happy Days) , 2014. Image courtesy of the Artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Colliding Consumerism with Political Platforms

In her Hobo series, Kathryn Andrews created fictitious characters based on historical imagery of early 20th-century hobo clowns and migrant workers. After putting out a casting call, Andrews created portraits of these characters, which she silk-screened onto sheets of Plexiglas and paired with found objects (candy wrappers, lottery tickets, pills). Here, Andrews collides capitalism with the hobo's association with poverty, wittingly critiquing a society continually in search of cheap and easy pleasures.


Larissa Sansour,  A Space Exodus , 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Julia Wachtel_ Showgirls_ 2014. Courtesy of the Artist and Elizabeth Dee_ New York

Julia Wachtel, Showgirls, 2014. Courtesy of the Artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York
"One Small Step for a Palestinian..."

Using fiction to address current political dialogues, Larissa Sansour's  A Space Exodus infuses a Middle Eastern context into Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Neil Armstrong's moon landing, sharply contrasting mainstream representations of Palestinian displacement.

Media-Saturated Society

Julia Wachtel's photography captures her fascination with the visual language of mass culture. Here, Wachtel's appropriation of popular imagery stages Vegas showgirls alongside a nine-year-old Syrian refugee's drawing, interjecting real imagery into the present socio-political landscape.

Fay_al Baghriche_ Enveloppements. View of the exhibition Something rather than nothing_ 2010 Le Quartier_ Quimper_ France.  Courtesy of the Artist and Taymour Grahne Gallery_ New York

Fayçal Baghriche, Envelopements. View of the exhibition Something rather than nothing, 2010 Le Quartier, Quimper, France.  Courtesy of the Artist and Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York

An Army of Red Flags

Fayçal Baghriche's poetic gestures highlight the systems that regulate public spaces. In his installation, Envelopements, Baghriche presents a monochromatic array of national flags, arranged so that they appear to be saluting some exalted power. By deliberately selecting country flags that end in red when rolled up, Baghriche's flags blur and undermine our references to territory, statehood, and nationalism.

Dan Mills,  US Future States Atlas, 2003-ongoing. Map: USingapore. Courtesy of the Artist and Zolla/Liberman Gallery, Chicago.
Dan Mills,  US Future States Atlas, 2003-ongoing. Map: USE West Africa & Nambia Minerale.  Courtesy of the Artist and Zolla/Liberman Gallery, Chicago.
On the Morrow of US Foreign Policy

A humorous yet wry political commentary, Dan Mills'  US Future States Atlas  playfully invents a future New World. Through a system of cartography and data visualization, Mills imagines future US annexations and ambassadorship appointees, maintaining a spirit of satire as he parses through ideas of imperialism and nepotism. (Note: Embassy positions for the US Future States are for sale.)

Jeremy Deller_ Doctor David Kelly_ 2012. Courtesy of the Artist and Gavin Brown_s enterprise_ New York

Jeremy Deller, Doctor David Kelly., 2012. Courtesy of the Artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York

A Whistleblower's Controversial Death, Over 10 Years Later

Jeremy Deller's artistic practice reinterprets ideas of collectivity by transposing a pop aesthetic onto political implications.  In Doctor David Kelly. , Deller's silk-screen prints name the British scientist who allegedly killed himself after being accused of conferring with journalists regarding the famous Weapons of Mass Destruction dossier. Here, Deller subtly alludes to real events of seemingly great social and political consequence, revealing the precariousness of human action and memory.

Andrew Moncrief discusses the SLC art scene and his first museum exhibition,  A Strange Feeling , as featured in UMOCA's Projects Gallery.
The sublime staged worlds of David Brothers'  Rolithica  stem from his work in the film industry as a designer, art director, and scenic painter.

We've been hard at install to get each of our five exhibitions ready, and we can't wait to celebrate our museum-wide unveiling on Feb. 5.


Joshua & Catherine Kanter

Since making Salt Lake City their permanent home in 2002, contemporary art lovers Josh and Catherine Kanter have impacted UMOCA in a variety of ways. They've provided financial support through their foundation and served as members of the board and numerous committees, including the Annual Gala committee. Their contributions have helped to shape the Museum, and we couldn't be more grateful. Thank you, Josh and Catherine!


As part of UMOCA's broader exploration of the quirky pockets of Utah's cultural production and its effort to highlight artist David Brother's innovative art practice, the Museum has created Rolithica. The book highlights a selection of glossy, elaborate photographs from Brothers' oeuvre, capturing the magic of his invented world.  Available in the UMOCA Art Shop for $16.

FEB 5 | 7 PM
Museum-Wide Opening Reception
FEB 13 | 2 PM
Family Art Saturday
FEB 20 | 10 AM





Zeke Dumke, IV 
& Analecia Dumke
The Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts
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