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Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company // Performance in Street Gallery // Reception July 8th

For the third consecutive summer, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company have collaborated to fabricate, "Interstice" - a mixed-media convergence of conceptual art and dance for one night only. The installation will fuse rhythmic movement that has been choreographed specifically for Jennifer Seely's exhibition  Supporting Elements. Seely's work appears akin to a construction zone, the surfaces where art should be hanging are barren and intricately sliced, hammered, reinvented. The installation relies heavily on the theory and history of architecture that was formulated for art spaces, and how to redefine that atmosphere into something beyond a dismal scrim for museum-ready works.

The choreography inverts this façade by transforming the passive into the dominant. The performance will act as an echo to Seely's piece, contemplating how her theories can be applied to the human form and condition. Investigating the body as the medium, the dancers work in tandem to navigate space and the truth that exists akin to a white wall. The Ririe-Woodbury dancers will provide an alternative perspective to an already thought provoking piece.

Concrete Rhythm: 
Architecture & The Body
Jennifer Seely's Visceral

In Supporting Elements , forensic architect and artist Jennifer Seely interrupts and deconstructs traditional notions of gallery spaces by physically penetrating the ivory walls of the museum. Seely's exhibition seeks  to peel back the elongated history of orthodox architecture, one that maintains exposing the internal structure of the building is subsidiary and is intended to provide a blank space for the art on display. Supporting Elements inverts this conception by showcasing the materials that form a space where traditional art is installed. Her work unveils more than just visceral architecture of buildings, but aids the viewer to theorize about the systematic elements within the art realm; where traditions arise from and how the neutrality of the gallery space cultivates its passivity. In Supporting Elements, the museum wall ceases to exist as a backdrop, but is the art itself with every protruding metal beam and cleaved drywall.

The Internalized with Daniel Charon

Intricately designed around Jennifer Seely's exhibition, Supporting Elements, Ririe-Woodbury's artist director and choreographer for "Interstice," Daniel Charon comprehends the intersection between an architectural installation and it's influence on movement within a space. Charon draws on the parallel nature between the "proscenium stage as the performing art equivalent to a neutral gallery displaying art." Charon describes how "Interstice feels like we are filling the spacial potential created by Seely," by utilizing the visual repetition of the "architecture of the space which proves to be an inspiring limitation." Contemporary dance is sewn to time, inherently  reinventing the tactical elements of Seely's exhibition; the room begins to keep in time with a rhythm and almost become personified. Charon explains that the space frames the body, showcasing elements of the unseen and internalized matter that is now enacted for the audience to see. The viewer becomes "an integrated part of the design of the room," beaming energy and life in an unorthodox space which allows for the unexpected and honest reactions.

These Curated Walls
When considering the term contemporary art museum, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is likely a sterile, quiet space imbued with challenging and relevant artwork. Here at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) we take that a step further by exploring our own definition as an establishment.  We believe that being contemporary means being a leading member of our community by actively engaging in culture to better society. T he Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is much more than a museum. It is your muse, your friend, your ally, and your future. It is your next step.

Home As Self-Portrait 
UMOCA's Family Art Saturday

An unveiling of the self will take place this July 9th from 2 - 4 pm - stemming from Jim Williams' retrospective, "265 I ... Home as Self-Portrait" which is comprised of over three decades worth of self-portraiture. Exploring the self beyond our own autonomy, an educator will lead the project constructing a paper house with space items that form your identity - whether it's photographs of family members, your own artwork, or what inspires you.

Unmasking Jim Williams

Jim Williams exposes the complexities of his ego in his exhibition "265 I ... Home as Self-Portrait," which takes place in his home, evoking the personal dynamics and history. Williams invites only ten viewers at a time for a private tour, creating an intimacy that is a rarity in traditional museum and gallery spaces. You walk past a life-time of images and abstractions of the self, glancing at the vulnerable and raw. Showcasing his work where it was created is a radical act in itself. Doing so rejects the notion that the intimate could exist anywhere neutral and without Williams's layers of self exposure. The Beginning of Now is the artists's book which archives decades of his retrospective work - giving the illusion that the reader knows Williams on a personal level - and is available for purchase within UMOCA's Art Shop.

D O N O R  S P O T L I G H T

Zoo, Arts & Parks 

As an integral facet of our community, Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) aids to enhance Salt Lake City as a whole and has offered particular support of the arts. As an organization, ZAP's funding is spread over 160 art consortiums, 30 parks and recreational areas, as well as zoological partners. Their grants have impacted citizens to become ambassadors on the national as well as international level, representing the state and culture of Utah. ZAP has produced a community impact and we thank you for your support within the museum as well as on behalf of Salt Lake City's creative culture.
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Curated Collections

Created locally in the greater Salt Lake City region, these pieces encourage you to think about individuality and personal exposure. Explore what it means to unveil the self through gender theory, industrialism, and the importance of punk.


1. The Shoplifters Dot Info, book, $15.00
2. Emily King, ceramic bust, $185.00
3. Cat Palmer, photographic print, $25.00
4.  Natalie Neal, zine, $24.00
5. Michael McGlothlen, necklace, $30.00

JULY 1 - 31 
Art Shop Book Sale
JULY 8 | 7 - 9 PM
Ririe-Woodbury's Interstice
JULY 9 | 2 - 4 PM
Family Art Saturday
JULY 11 - 16 | 9 - 3 PM
Artist-in-Training Camp
JULY 14 | 7 - 8 PM
Tour Jim Williams House


The Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts


Zeke Dumke, IV 
Analecia Dumke
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