F E A T U R E D  C O V E R   A R T

Kazakhstan: Tselina/Building the Virgin Lands
Ian Booth  // Upcoming in the Projects Gallery

For artist Ian Booth, Kazakhstan, a country that holds roughly 130 different ethnic groups and boasts the ninth largest land mass in the world, is a diverse meeting-place that collides modernity with tradition, patriotism with a desire to leave. Booth's vivid photographic series,  Tselina/Building the Virgin Lands , is his effort to capture and document the multitudes that are contained within Kazakhstan. 

With his visual essay, or travelogue, Booth presents visually rich vignettes of Kazakhstan, s panning candid portraits and expansive landscapes, ballet performances and circus bears, the majestic and the day-to-day.

MAR 25 - MAY 7
N O T E  F R O M  T H E  E D I T O R 

THE  INTERACTION  ISSUE

A contemporary art museum's work centers around two questions: how do we interact with our community, and how do we and our community interact with contemporary art? 

As we spring forward this March, we're continually preparing and looking for new avenues to uplift, engage, and interact with our community:  showcasing local artists, art talks, and education-centric exhibitions; leading tailored tours for diverse audiences; celebrating Utah through partnerships and events; and encouraging our community to explore what it means to exist in today's world.

Share your thoughts: communications@utahmoca.org 
STAGED VERSUS IMPROVISED
ARTIST TALK

Presenting: Artist Yoshua Okón

Yoshua Okón's work blends staged situations, documentation, and improvisation to question habitual perceptions of reality and truth. In 2014, UMOCA presented Okón's  Octopus , a video installation of day laborers who restaged scenes from the Guatemalan Civil War in a Home Depot parking lot.

Okón's 2015 multi-channel video installation,  Oracle (produced in conjunction with the ASU Art Museum), is currently on show at UMOCA. This sequel to  Octopus  explores similar questions of immigration and national borders through the documentation of reenacted scenes.  Meet the artist tomorrow at the University of Utah, when  Okón will present a free artist talk and discuss his work.

MAR 2 | 4:30 PM | UNIVERSITY OF UTAH ART 158
PLAY, INTERACTION, EXPLORATION
EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Areas for Action

In 2015, Oliver Herring collaborated with over 400 students from several Utah County institutions. Herring's response-based performance structure,  Areas for Action , asks participants to  respond to situations and environments, fostering experimentation, play, and exploration of what unfolds in such unique situations. 

The practice  offers a chance for students to flourish in a chaotic, response-driven environment while appealing to educators who embrace learning as a complex phenomenon. Bring your high schoolers to the museum on Saturday, March 5, to take part in a new Areas for Action experience.

MAR 5 | 11 AM
EXPERIENCE VIA TRAVELOGUE
Tselina / Building the Virgin Lands

For artist Ian Booth, Kazakhstan, a country that holds roughly 130 different ethnic groups and boasts the ninth largest land mass in the world, is a diverse meeting-place that collides modernity with tradition, patriotism with a desire to leave. Booth's vivid photographic series, Tselina/Building the Virgin Lands, is his effort to capture and document the multitudes that are contained within Kazakhstan. 

With his photographic essay, or travelogue, Booth presents visually rich vignettes of Kazakhstan, compelling viewers to interact with and experience Kazakhstan through the lens of his camera.

TAKING THE IMPACT BEYOND MUSEUM WALLS
Keepsakes of 
Rolithica

What started as a personal need to build and explore has turned into a decade-long passion project  for artist David Brothers. 
 
Rolithica shows a range of Brothers' work,  from discarded shoes and strewn - about food to incredible structures inhabited by human stand-ins. This publication, also available in an Artist's Edition, builds a visual narrative on 40 ful l- color pages that delve into  Brothers' sublime world.

Love Utah Give Utah

On Thursday, March 31, Love UT Give UT will bring the community together by connecting individuals to local nonprofit organizations. 

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Utah, Love UT Give UT emphasizes community involvement from both organizations and individuals. Each year, UMOCA looks forward to the 24-hour fundraiser and the ways it brings us together through impact and engagement.

THE CONTEMPORARY P(ART)Y
FLUID ART SPRING 2016

Art and Beer Tastemaking

Bringing together two of the Beehive State's leading tastemakers, UMOCA and the Utah Brewers' Guild will bring fresh perspectives to both contemporary art and craft beer (two of Salt Lake City's favorite things)!

MAY 27 | 6 PM
ANNUAL GALA 2016

Speakeasy Meets Jazz-Age Soiree

As it courses into its 85th year, UMOCA is thrilled to present the 2016 annual gala,  1931 , a vivacious celebration and tribute held in support of one of Salt Lake City's most precious and enduring gems.

JUN 4| 6 PM
MUSEUM VIGNETTES
Basim Magdy's "The Future of Your Head" has become a fast favorite for selfies. Share yours with @utahmoca + #UMOCA. Photo: @_missnoir
Curator of Outreach and Public Programs, Jared Steffensen, leads a tour tailored for children with sensory-sensitivity.
Photo: @heidimrogers

@anaisela snapped this shot in front of Paul Crow's  Here and shared a quote by Ferreira Gullar: " Art exists because life is not enough."

SPOTLIGHT
DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Daniel & Noemi Mattis

After moving to Utah in 1980, Daniel and Noemi Mattis, a University of Utah physics professor and a psychiatrist, have been powerful voices in remembering the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Their efforts lead to the formation of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, which honors the legacy of the Portuguese diplomat who saved Daniel's family's lives in the 1940s. The Mattis' have also been longtime, illustrious supporters of the community, including UMOCA and the arts in general. Thank you, Daniel and Noemi, for your work in memorializing the past, uplifting the community, and making for a better future!
ART SHOP

Curated Collections

As we start to make our way into warmer weather, here are a few new pieces, all made by local artists, to help spring you forward:
  1. Jim Williams, Art Books, $15-$25
  2. Malinda Fisher, Deseret Rose Jewelry Earrings and Rings, $45+
  3. Kali Mellus, ByKali Bracelet and Necklace, $35+
  4. Trent Call, Postcard Sets, $8
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
MAR 2 | 4:30 PM
Artist Talk: Yoshua Okón
MAR 5 | 11 AM
Areas for Action
MAR 9 | 9:30 AM
Stroller Tours: Ideologue
MAR 12 | 2 PM
Family Art Saturday
MAR 31 | ALL DAY
Love Utah, Give Utah
APR 9 | ALL DAY
Slow Art Day
APR 23 | 2 PM
Family Art Saturday @ Nordstrom
MAY 27 | 6 PM
FLUID ART
JUN 4 | 6 PM
ANNUAL GALA: 1931

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

 



 

 
 
 




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

Thank you to all of our supporters for making our programming possible.