F E A T U R E D  C O V E R   A R T

When the Levee Breaks
Nicholas Courdy // Upcoming in the A.I.R Space // Opening Reception May 13

Nicholas Courdy is an artist based in Salt Lake City and is currently a resident artist here at UMOCA. In his upcoming exhibition,  Metaphornography Courdy explores the complexities of our romantic desires by perpetuating the maximum threshold of romantic fantasy. His recent works appropriates classical figures and arranges them on digital landscapes he pulls from the internet. His aesthetics creates a tension that over-stimulates by using classical imagery and crosses it into a contemporary realm.

OPENING: MAY 6 
RECEPTION: MAY 13 | 7 PM
N O T E  F R O M  T H E  E D I T O R 

THE  CROSSING OVER ISSUE

Its a beautiful thing when two seemingly disparate things come together to create something new, exist cooperatively, or discover that, at their core, they aren't that different.

We struggle within ourselves between what we want and what we need, who we are and who we are perceived to be. These common human struggles have surfaced in the Museum over the last few weeks. We are working to be inclusive by opening our restroom for all pee-ers, male/female binary or otherwise. Artist Nicholas Courdy toes the line between tradition and cutting-edge, causing us to question why we behave as we do, and if, perhaps, we'd rather misbehave. Jim Williams' home crosses into the realm of structural self-portraiture -  making himself vulnerable to one small group at a time.  

At UMOCA, we do more than exhibit important art - we involve you in the universal conversation of being human right now.

Share your human experiences: communications@utahmoca.org  #utahmoca #humanexperiences
NOT YOUR EVERY DAY LIFE
The Unspeakable Freedom Device

Jennet Thomas makes films, performances, and installations that explore questions of fantasy in everyday life, language and belief systems. She also examines how cultural memories are re-made, re-told and mythologized. 

Her work emerged from the experimental culture of London's underground film and live art club scene in the 1990s, where she was a co-founder of the Exploding Cinema Collective .

OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 13 | 7 PM
Home As Self-Portrait

Jim Williams' self-image at different ages and different egos permeates the house on 265 I.  Visual record keeping is a crucial part of the way Jim Williams works, and each action he takes in creating, preserving, giving away, or storing a work creates a trail. Every object holds a story and preserves a moment of his life.

Throughout the summer, Jim and UMOCA will host tours of the home. Space is limited to 10.

OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 13 | 7 PM
WHERE FASHION SITS
1930s Fashion Meets Contemporary Culture

How can you bridge an 85-year gap to put a contemporary spin on 1930s fashion? What does it mean to be "puttin' on the ritz" in 2016?

1931 Gala ticket holders are invited to attend an evening of personal styling at Farasha (for the ladies) and Utah Woolen Mills (for the gents). But even if you a can't make it to the gala, you can learn how to rock a timeless style.


BEYOND THE GALLERY 
Putting 'Contemporary' Into Practice

Understanding gender in the context of today's world, which includes learning to acknowledge cisgender privilege (the ability to go about one's life without having to think about the difficulties or hardships faced by people whose gender identity does not align with their biological sex or the gender assigned to them at birth), is one of those challenging contemporary ideas that will have an extraordinary impact on the future of our community.  UMOCA holds a unique position in our community that allows us to provide opportunities to think more deeply about ourselves as well as our relationships to modern-day culture.

UNEXPECTED BENEFITS
Come Enjoy Some Endorphins

According to studies (and myself personally) drinking beer moderately is a lot like being with someone you love. Anxieties dissolve, your body fights the effects of heart disease, and you just feel good. You probably won't be surprised to hear the same about art. When we gaze at things we consider beautiful, the  orbito-frontal cortex of the brain is triggered ... er, excuse me, I meant to say we are filled with a sense of pleasure. So when you are here on May 27th enjoying tastings of 8 distinctly different beers and filling your senses  with beautiful and relevant art, relax knowing you are quenching a need. Maybe you'll find a delightful new love. #slcFluidArt #HumanExperience

SPOTLIGHT
D O N O R  S P O T L I G H T

Ric Collier

For an incredible 11 years, Ric Collier lead (then) Salt Lake Art Center (now UMOCA). Under his administration, SLAC's operating budget more than doubled, he pioneered new partnerships and introduced the community to more current art paving the way for the art center to become a contemporary museum. While the above is an over simplification of his accomplishments, the complexity of his tenacious character still reverberates with in the museum as we  continue to underscore the momentum he's created with his generous support.
A R T  S H O P

Curated Collections

With these captivating works by local artists, delve into and discover the stories and narratives behind each ceramic carving, imagined creature, written sentence, and artifact of the past:
  1. Jim Williams, Books, $15+
  2. Isaac Hastings, T-shirts, $25
  3. UMOCA mugs, $12
  4. Celine Downen, Mounted photos, $22
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
MAY 13 | 7 PM
Opening Reception
MAY 14 | 11 AM
Family Art Saturday
MAY 19 | 7-8 PM
Tour Jim Williams Home
  > RSVP
MAY 26 | 7-8 PM
Tour Jim Williams Home
> RSVP 
May 27 | 6-9 PM
FLUID ART
JUN 4 | 6 PM
UMOCA Annual Gala: 1931




THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

 
The Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts



 
 
 





Zeke Dumke, IV 
and 
Analecia Dumke
Thank you to all of our supporters for making our programming possible.
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