Utah Museum of Contemporary Art Newsletter
JUNE 2012   
E V E N T S 


SAT, JUNE 2, 2012, 6-11 PM



There's only a handful of tickets left for our Annual Gala! Featuring a sneak peek at two new exhibitions, an extraordinary dinner, refreshing drinks, amazing silent and live auctions, a live performance by SB Dance, and the opportunity to dance the night away to the stylings of DJ Jesse Walker, this is a not-to-be-missed event.  

Join us as we celebrate the end of our 80th Anniverary year! Buy your tickets here 



FRI, JUNE 15, 2012, 7-9 PM 


white-bar-spacerJune's First Friday celebration has been changed to the third Friday, June 15, from 7-9 PM. Please join us then for a reception to celebrate the opening of Cantastoria and Play Me, I'm Yours - two exhibitions that explore how contemporary artists, like the bards of old, still communicate their ideas through languages, song, storytelling, and lyricism.   


The evening features performances by local piano-biker Eric Rich, food, and a cash bar. More 

E X H I B I T I O N  O P E N I N G S 


JUN 5-SEPT 15, 2012


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Cantastoria is an exploration of how contemporary artists continue to function as did bards in preliterate cultures, communicating their ideas through language, song, storytelling, and lyricism.  


The exhibition features work, by a panoply of artists from Utah and around the world, highlighting the languages we have lost, as well as those that have yet to be discovered. 


Participating artists include: Ignasi Aballi (Spain), Aram Bartholl (Germany), Adam Bateman (USA), Beehive Design Collective (USA), Aleksandra Domanovic (Slovenia), Omer Fast (Israel), Jakup Ferri (Kosovo), Janos Fodor (Hungary), Carey Ann Francis (USA), Rainer Ganahl (Austria), Andy Graydon (USA), Pablo Helguera (Mexico), Bob Moss (USA), Lucia Nimcova (Slovakia), Lisa Oppenheim (USA), REP Group (Ukraine), and Ignacio Uriarte (Spain). 



JUN 5-JUL 28, 2012


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 For nearly two millennia, artists who have depicted Jesus Christ in their work have made difficult decisions about the appearance of the person playing that role. In Casting Jesus (2011), Christian Jankowski allows the viewer to become a fly on the wall, observing a distinguished panel of representatives from the Vatican engage in the process of casting actors for the role of Jesus Christ. 


By contrasting the acknowledged earnestness and religious faith of the jurors with a selection process that borrows heavily from pop culture mainstays such as American Idol, Casting Jesus  thoughtfully explores the difficulties and absurdities in human efforts to encompass the divine.


Jankowski's work has been featured in both the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennial. More


Panel discussion: Thursday, June 19 at 7 PM in the UMOCA Auditorium (Rita Wright, Chief Curator, LDS Church History Museum; Ben McPherson, Artist; Sheila Muller, Professor Emeritus Art History; and others).


JUN 15-30, 2012


white spaceTouring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I'm Yours is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. More than 500 pianos have now been installed in 22 cities across the globe, from New York to Sydney and now Salt Lake City, bearing the simple invitation 'Play Me, I'm Yours.'  The Salt Lake City iteration will feature pianos painted or otherwise modified by some of Utah's most recognized artists.


Professional musicians, rank amateurs, and the musically untrained of every age are invited to sit down and play these wonderful pianos, painted by Utah's premiere contemporary artists and placed in the public spaces of downtown Salt Lake City for two brief weeks. This is your chance to add song to the urban buzz and turn bustling streets into an improvised concert hall.


Visit www.slcstreetpianos.com for details, piano locations, and to upload comments, videos, and photos of interaction with the pianos. More

E X H I B I T I O N S   


MAY 4- AUG 18, 2012


white spaceThe Invincibility Fable is a survey of over 30 color photographs taken from his series Cliff Jumpers, a project that spanned nearly two years while Hedengren traveled across the nation. His images depict the exuberant youth culture found at swimming holes across the American South and Mountain West, oblivious to the dangers posed by rocks and water. More


MAR 2 - JUN 23, 2012


white spaceFAX invites a multigenerational group of artists, architects, designers, scientists, filmmakers and writers to reconceive of the fax machine as a thinking and drawing tool.  

Participants transmit their fax-based work via the venues' working fax lines through the duration of the exhibition's tour. The accumulation of information--received in real time in the exhibition space--includes drawings and texts, and the inevitable junk faxes and errors of transmission, creating an ongoing cumulative project. More

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JUN 9, 2 - 4 PM 


Connect the dots in this special double art day! Decoupage switch plate covers or help us cover a piano in dots for exhibition in the international phenomenon Play Me, I'm Yours. (See article below.)


Family Art Saturday is free and provides a great opportunity for kids and adults to make an innovative piece of art while learning about the exhibitions at UMOCA. More  




UMOCA's May artist of the Month features local artist John Bell.

Bell employs recurring images of iconic popular culture, snippets of news feeds, and social media references set against a brightly hued color palette, hard-edge, tense geometric lines and ethereal back drops. Come check out Bell and other fantastic artists in UMOCA's Art Shop!




Eva and Franco Mattes, aka 0100101110101101.ORG, appeared in the Sundance New Frontiers 2012 exhibition that just closed at UMOCA. 


The Mattes' were recently featured in Art Pulse Magazine in an article on Attribution Art, read it here. And, they just finished a show at Carroll/Fletcher in London (a contemporary art gallery that works with artists whose practices use a diverse range of media to explore contemporary socio-political, cultural, scientific and technological themes), find out more here.  


Keep your eye on these innovative artists as they continue to explore aspects of our relationship with the physical and virtual worlds.












































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