F E A T U R E D  C O V E R   A R T

Rolithica
David Brothers, upcoming in the Projects Gallery

Incorporating both the beautiful and the wretched, David Brothers creates  elaborate, fantastical and sublime staged worlds as the palette for his photographic compositions. Through installation and photography, this solo exhibition will take the viewer into Brothers' surreal world that traverses both hell and paradise.

For Brothers, still photography is the ideal narrative format. The artist  returned to  set design with the sole purpose of photographing his whimsical environments, giving visual and lasting representation to his unique form of storytelling.

N O T E  F R O M  T H E  E D I T O R 

THE REENACTMENT  ISSUE

2015 has been a thrilling year for UMOCA. We received a generous grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation;  awarded the third-ever Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting;  opened the 
A-I-R Space  to showcase our Artists-in-Residence; got a new-to-us  Art Truck;  and created the Out Loud workshop series and the Artists-in-Training summer camp.

Now, we're looking forward to doing it again and and making our 85th year the best one yet. We 're always envisioning new ways to uplift our local arts community and to make the arts accessible to all.
H
ere's to another year of creativity, community, and contemporary art. Happy 2016!

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A PLACE WE GO TO DECORATE

Into the Gallery and Onto the Page: Bringing Rolithica to Life

As a respected and unusual character in the Utah arts community, David Brothers has made his mark in various disciplines including painting, printmaking, animation, radio, film, video and photography. While well-known in the film industry, Brothers is not widely acknowledged for his visual art practice. Thus, Brothers' upcoming show, Rolithica is both part of the museum's broader exploration of the quirky pockets of Utah's cultural production, as well as an effort to highlight Brothers' practice.

The intricate and outlandish world of Brothers'  Rolithica has been in the making for over a decade. In conjunction with the opportunity to share the artists' work with a larger audience through a museum exhibition, UMOCA is in the process of creating a longer-lasting, accompanying publication full of Brother's incredibly rich and captivating photography.

STREET GALLERY: JAN 29 - APR 30
MARCHING TO ORACLE, ARIZONA

Returning to the Site of Protest

In OracleYoshua Okón depicts anti-immigration leaders from Oracle, Arizona as they reenact their massive 2014 protest against the entrance of unaccompanied children from Central America into the US.

The resulting four-channel video installation provides an engrossing investigation into nationalism and immigration. As he prompts participants to reenact their ideological perspectives, Okón questions the adequacy of resistance and the relevance of nationalism in today's globalized world.

CODEC GALLERY: JAN 29 - APR 30
A STRANGE FEELING

Tackling the Traditional and the Taboo

By appropriating images of wrestlers,  local artist Andrew Moncrief attempts to unravel the often self-contradicting dichotomies of violence and intimacy, stoicism and desire, tradition and provocation.

In his large-scale paintings, Moncrief creates representations of the intimate expressions and physical interactions of the male body. By appealing t o the male idealism and images of Greco-Roman wrestling and classical sculpture, Moncrief elicits a tension between what is acceptable and what is taboo.

PROJECTS GALLERY: JAN 29 - MAR 19
YOUTH VOICES, OUT LOUD

An Artistic Platform for Youth Voices in the LGBTQ+ Community

UMOCA is now accepting applications for the second iteration of Out Loud! This year, students will continue to work with artists and art educators, but will also interact with peer mentors who completed last year's program. Says one art educator:

"Out Loud offers a space for these teens to be themselves, express their ideas, thoughts and feelings, and learn from peers and other artists. This series validates their identities and shows them that they are not alone, that there are other teens, artists and institutions, like UMOCA, who believe in them."

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JAN 18
ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND
A Space Exodus, 2009, video, 5.24 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid.

Sneak Peek: A Space Exodus

In Larissa Sansour's A Space Exodus, the artist adapts a stretch of  2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, whose influence permeates Sansour's works. The artist displaces the scene into a Middle Eastern political context, merging the film's immediately recognizable music scores and elaborate special effects with the implications of "one small step for a Palestinian." 

A Space Exodus will be featured in the upcoming Main Gallery group exhibition, IdeologueThrough text, print, video, and sculpture, the projects in this exhibition playfully map out how contemporary artists poke fun at the political universe and its claims to social truth.

MAIN GALLERY: FEB 5 - JUL 23
MUSEUM VIGNETTES
"Firelei Báez endeavors to show the widespread intersections of diasporic experiences by drawing from traditions from diverse cultures."
@mamagreebs paid a visit to artist Andrew Moncrief's studio as he works on completing his large-scale paintings for his upcoming Projects Gallery exhibition.

@saltlakesnowangel shared a work from our Human Rights Teen Art Contest, presented with the SLC Mayor's Office. Share your snapshots with @utahmoca and #UMOCA!

SPOTLIGHT
DONOR SPOTLIGHT

B. W. Bastian Foundation

Located in Orem, UT, the B.W. Bastian Foundation has been a long-time UMOCA supporter, most recently for the workshop series Out Loud. The Bastian Foundation strives to build community and understanding by supporting local and national institutions, with a strong commitment to preserving individual rights and promoting equality for the LGBTQ+ community. Thank you, B.W. Bastian Foundation, for your continued support of our community!

ART SHOP

Curated Collections

Inspired by the elaborate scenes and fantastical characters in David Brothers' Rolithica, here are some of our favorite locally made Art Shop picks, sure to catch your eye and spark the imagination:
  1. Isaac Hastings, Animal Print T-Shirt, $25
  2. Celine Downen, Mounted Photo, $22
  3. John Bell, Print Box, $99
  4. Emily King, Small Heads, $32
  5. Patric Bates, Fantastic Beings Print, $15
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
DEC 31 | 11AM-9PM
Extended Hours for EVE Winterfest
JAN 1 | ALL DAY
Closed for New Year's Day
JAN 9 | 2-4 PM
Family Art Saturday
JAN 16-28 | ALL DAY
Closed for Install
JAN 29 | ALL DAY
Soft Opening: RolithicaOracleA
Strange Feeling
FEB 5 | 7-9 PM
Museum-Wide 
Opening Reception

THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS










The Community 
Foundation of Utah

Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee
Charitable Foundation

Neils & Char Valentiner

Salt Lake City  Arts Council

Val Antczak & Barbara Polich

XMission
Deluxe Corporation Foundation

Margaret Willis

Nordstrom, Inc.

Wells Fargo

Zeke Dumke, IV &
Analecia Dumke

National Endowment 
for the Arts
John Bell

Marriner S. Eccles Foundation

Richard K. & Shirley S. 
Hemingway Foundation

The Tucker Family

Willard L. Eccles
Charitable Foundation

Grandeur Peak