F E A T U R E D  C O V E R   A R T

Patterns of Resistance
Firelei BŠez, from the exhibition Patterns of Resistance
   
BŠez furthers our understanding of diasporic experiences by interweaving the lives of 18th-century black women in Louisiana and the Cuban roots of the Latin American azabache with symbols used in the U.S. during the tumultuous '60s, such as the panther or the raised fist. By merging past and potential histories, BŠez illuminates obscured narratives of identity; and by creating new emblems of power, BŠez invokes disparate patterns of resistance within the African diaspora.

STREET GALLERY: SEP 25 - JAN 16
N O T E  F R O M  T H E  E D I T O R 

THE EN ROUTE ISSUE

When Mel Ziegler encounters tattered American flags during his travels, he'll offer to trade new ones as part of his ongoing project, Flag Exchange. To illuminate the African diaspora, Firelei BŠez creates intricate and mesmerizing pattern-centric paintings. When you walk through an art space, you'll share insights with one another; you'll snap photos along the way; you'll find yourself drawn to one piece, and indifferent to another.

When we say en route, what we really mean is on the way, or along the way. This month, we're looking at how we move from one place to another, and what we discover when we do. 
 
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PAINTING DIASPORA

Introducing: Firelei BŠez
Winner of the 2015 Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting

UMOCA and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation are pleased to award Brooklyn-based artist Firelei BŠez the 2015 Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting.

Best known for her large-scale works on paper, BŠez makes connections and counter-narratives that expand our understanding of diasporic societies and cultural ambiguities. BŠez will present a series of new works at UMOCA, inspired by lineages of black resistance, that trace the history of social movements in the United States and the Caribbean.

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STREET GALLERY: SEP 25 - JAN 16
REVISITING GRANDMA'S CUPBOARD
Mel Ziegler discusses "To Carry a Big Stick" during his walkthrough of Grandma's Cupboard.

Sometimes, Once Is Never Enough

 

When Ami Fatherree took a work trip from Tacoma to Salt Lake, she decided to visit UMOCA, catching Grandma's Cupboard right when it opened. The exhibition resonated with her in more ways than one: as a Houston native, she understood the exhibition's references to Texas; she marveled at Ziegler's landscape drawings; and she felt overwhelmed by the emotion behind Ericson and Ziegler's partnership. 

 

Ami was so moved by the works that she decided to come back the next day to catch Ziegler as he led a walkthrough of the exhibition. "There's something so raw and personal [in Grandma's Cupboard] that truly spoke to me," she said. "I left feeling lighter than air!"

 

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(PICTURES OF) NATURAL WONDERS
National Park Drawing
Mel Ziegler, from Grandma's Cupboard

Mel Ziegler's series of large cray pas drawings on paper is an ongoing project that the artist started in 1983 and is based on pictures of national parks located throughout the United States. 

Using both the imagery and language of an illustrative narrative, these sketches mimic the pride and majesty of national parks as they relate to American identity.

MAIN GALLERY: AUG 28 - DEC 19
View of Canyonlands
Stefan Lesueur, from Obscura

When we visit something "significant"--like a national park--we take pictures to document our experiences. Proving that "I was there" becomes more important than the experience itself. 

Featured as part of our education programming and in conversation with themes from Grandma's Cupboard, Stefan Lesueur's photo series asks questions of how we value the monumental.

ED. SPACE: AUG 28 - DEC 19
SENSORY-SENSITIVE TOURS

SENSE/ABILITY

UMOCA is always expanding its education programming to include new ways of voyaging through and learning about art, and we're happy to introduce our latest program, SENSE/ABILITY tours. These tours are tailored for children with sensory sensitivities in mind. Led by a trained art educator before the museum is open to the public, this program fosters an accepting and understanding museum environment with reduced sounds and a "cool down" space, in case a child feels overwhelmed.

Join us for the inaugural SENSE/ABILITY tour through Mel Ziegler and Kate Ericson's Grandma's Cupboard. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact jared.steffensen@utahmoca.org.

SEP 19 | 10 AM
A REVAMPED ART TRUCK ROLLS THROUGH UTAH
Looking Back on Meridith Pingree

As the Art Truck gears up for a brand new art exhibition and another year of touring across the state of Utah, it's the perfect time to look back at the fabulous ongoing project created by Art Truck visitors over the 2014-'15 season, which comprised work by Brooklyn-based Meridith Pingree and a lot of pipe cleaners.

Looking Forward to Mary Toscano

The Art Truck's 2015-'16 season features Salt Lake City native Mary Toscano's large-scale pencil drawings, which explore narrative as a way to ask questions about our public and private selves. This exhibit will connect art and the language arts, encouraging students to include stories of their own experiences.

DISCOVER ART ON WHEELS, AROUND TOWN, AND IN COMIC STRIPS
Stroller Tours: 
Grandma's Cupboard

Stroller Tours are back from a summer hiatus! Join us before the museum opens with your young ones in tow to explore Grandma's Cupboard.

SEP 9 | 9:30 AM
E.A.T. Local Week:
Bike Tour

Start off Utah Eat Local Week at the museum! Meet outside UMOCA with your bike to discover our city's many community garden spaces.

SEP 12 | 9 AM
Discover Comics

With Comic Con storming into SLC soon, UMOCA is presenting educator workshops on introducing comic-making into curriculums. Plus, there will be a youth comic-making class!

SEP 26 | ALL DAY
BEYOND MUSEUM WALLS
Church & State Presents:
The Subconscious is a Close Shadow

Matt Monsoon's The Subconscious is a Close Shadow examines the artist's experiences in his own creative expression, bringing Monsoon's organic line technique and mixed media artwork to Church & State's beautiful all-in-one space as incubator, co-working space, and more.

CHURCH & STATE: AUG 21 - SEP 15
National Arts Marketing Project:
See you in SLC!

A program of Americans for the Arts, the National Arts Marketing Project Conference convenes on November 6-9 in Salt Lake City. Join the NAMP for this insightful, collaborative, and provocative experience, during which you'll meet fellow arts marketers and industry experts.

SPOTLIGHT
DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Jarvis & Constance Doctorow 
Family Foundation

The Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting is presented every two years with funding provided by the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation (JCDFF). JCDFF also supports the UMOCA Art Truck and critical performing, literary, and visual arts efforts throughout the state. Thank you to JCDFF, and especially to Suzanne Larson, for their continual generosity and support for the arts in Utah.
ART SHOP

Curated Collections

Crafted by local artists, these pieces make for delightful keepsakes to bring home with you as small tokens of your trip to the museum:
  1. Jena Schmidt, Painting, $45
  2. Emily King, Terracotta Heads, $32
  3. UMOCA Buttons, Free with Donation
  4. Number 04, Natalie Neal (Book), $24
  5. Joshua Flicker, Long Neck Bottle, $48
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
SEP 9 | 9:30 AM
Stroller Tours: 
Grandma's Cupboard
SEP 9 | 7 PM
AIGA Lecture: Five Years of Commercial Type
SEP 12 | 9 AM
E.A.T. Bike Tour

SEP 12 | 2 PM
Family Art Saturday: 
No Vacancy
SEP 19 | 10 AM
SENSE/ABILITY Tour:
Grandma's Cupboard
SEP 25 | 7 PM
Art Talk: 
Firelei Baez
SEP 25 | 7 PM
Opening Reception: 
Firelei BŠez
SEP 26 | ALL DAY
Discover Comics
OCT 23 | 6-10 PM
Fluid Art

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.

Sam & Diane Stewart Foundation

Wells Fargo

Zeke Dumke, IV &
Analecia Dumke
John Bell

Marriner S. Eccles Foundation

Richard K. & Shirley S. 
Hemingway Foundation

The Tucker Family

Willard L. Eccles
Charitable Foundation