F E A T U R E D  C O V E R   A R T

ReFunct Modular
Ben Gaulon, from the exhibition Corrupt.Yourself

ReFunct Modular is a series of multimedia sculptures that (re)use "obsolete" electronic devices like digital and analogue media players. These devices are hacked and combined into a complex chain of elements,
experimenting with the unchallenged possibilities of these so-called obsolete devices and exploring our relationship with technology and consumption.

CODEC GALLERY: NOV 6 - JAN 16
N O T E  F R O M  T H E  E D I T O R 

THE (RE)FOUND ISSUE

Ben Gaulon collects broken Kindles, Mel Ziegler collects tattered flags, and Ai Weiwei collects LegosAll three use found objects to create art, to explore and experiment, to draw attention to an idea. That way, they can compel their viewers to pause and think, evaluate and re-evaluate, discover and re-discover.

How has contemporary art shifted your perspectives? When have you gone back to revisit a work? As we continue to endeavor toward making the arts more accessible, we're always thinking of new ways to re-frame, re-envision, and re-incorporate contemporary art into our understandings of the world.

Share your thoughts: communications@utahmoca.org
NOTES ON GRANDMA'S CUPBOARD

Presenting Mel Ziegler, Chair of the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University

During his partnership with Kate Ericson, Ziegler worked to produce some of the most profound conceptual and public art projects of the late 20th century, with works that span found object, public installation, collaboration, and locale.

In his own practice, Ziegler's technique allows for a distinct expression of humor, craft, and sensibility. Still working with local iconography, landscape, and culture, Ziegler's projects encourage alternative understandings of how Americana is represented and experienced throughout regions across the globe.

NOV 10 | 7 PM
FOUND OBJECTS, FRAGMENTS, 
AND THEIR INHERENT MEANINGS
Albert Camus Meets Gilligan's Island

Local artist Tyrone Davies' IN CAMERA thrills and overwhelms audiences with an array of video mashups, an exploration of the struggle to stay balanced in the face of so many explanations about our existence. With fragmented narratives and televised programming, Davies reveals the ways by which our screens, just as powerfully as our beliefs, can dictate our worldviews.

PROJECTS GALLERY: NOV 13 - JAN 16
"There is a potential for buoyancy loss depending on how this device is used and cared for."

Richardson examines the inherent meaning of common objects with a sculpture of life vests used to float in the Great Salt Lake, as well as their instructions: "...this device should be tested at the beginning of each season to determine that it provides adequate personal flotation."

A-I-R SPACE: NOV 13 - DEC 19

Re-Purposed Glitches and Technologies

Utah is the second fastest-growing state for tech jobs and industries. As we continue to rapidly develop new technologies, where do we find ourselves in regard to questions of e-waste and sustainable design?

Focusing on the limits and failures of information and communication technologies, Paris-based artist Ben Gaulon re-purposes electronic devices in order to explore new strategies for e-waste recycling. In his interactive installations and web-based works, Gaulon looks to themes of consumerism, notions of ownership and privacy, and planned obsolescence, the policy of producing goods designed to quickly become obsolete (a policy with which Apple iPhone users are likely familiar).

CODEC GALLERY: NOV 6 - JAN 16
REDEFINING HUMAN RIGHTS
Teen Art Contest

As part of this December's Human Rights Day Celebration, we're thrilled to join the Mayor's Office and the Human Rights Commission to host a contest for artists ages 12-18. Your original artwork must address the question, "What do human rights mean to you?"

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOV 20
"A life lived in silence is not a life."

After 81 days of solitary detention, Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest and is met with a lawsuit from the Chinese government, soon to be named 'The Fake Case.' Ai Weiwei is shaken, but he believes that China is ready for change. And he will do everything to make it happen.

NOV 19 | 7 PM
WITHIN & BEYOND MUSEUM WALLS
Member Appreciation Party

Our member appreciation party is just around the corner! This is our favorite member-exclusive event, because it's a chance to thank you for your support. For more information, contact Michelle Sulley.

NOV 13 | 7-9 PM
Winter Issue
Launch Party

We're pleased to partner with Fibonacci Fine Arts for the launch of their new issue, "Muses." Enjoy an evening of art and music as we unveil what's coming from Fibonacci.

NOV 20 | 5-7 PM
Small Business Saturday

It's time to shop local! Drop by our Art Shop, which showcases beautiful works and wares (some decorative, some functional, and some wearable), all by local artists.

NOV 28 | 11 AM-6 PM
REFRAMING CONTEMPORARY ART
Making the Arts More Accessible

We're always evolving and expanding to make contemporary art accessible to more people. Our newest program, SENSE/ABILITY, features tours tailored for children with sensory-sensitivity in mind. After all, we believe that anyone, no matter their background, should have the chance to be creative, innovative, and inspired by art.

NOV 21 | 10 AM
Who stole Dog Vinci's Mona Woofa?

Before Family Art Saturday, the Salt Lake Acting Company will perform Art Dog in the UMOCA Auditorium! By day, Arthur Dog is a mild-mannered museum guard. By night, he is a mysterious street artist. But when Leonardo Dog Vinci's Mona Woofa goes missing, Art Dog is framed. Will we be able to find the real culprit?

NOV 14 | 1 PM
UMOCA VIGNETTES
Behind the Scenes

We love these two! When 2015 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting winner, Firelei BŠez visited Utah
, she and Curator, Becca Maksym went for a drive through the mountains, just in time to see the fall colors.
Museum Snapshots

"The exhibition as a whole is imaginative and unexpected. At first glance, Into the Ether appears to be the assembled puzzle pieces of a tree--but not quite." UMOCA intern Jill Lingwall reflects on Shawn Porter's exhibition.

#contemporaryreactions

Thanks @brandonandallyson 
for this shot from 
Grandma's Cupboard!

We love seeing your photos and thoughts. Just tag us with @utahmoca, #UMOCA, and #contemporaryreactions!
SPOTLIGHT
DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Richard K. & Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation

It is with gratitude that UMOCA recognizes the Richard K. & Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, which has supported our Artist-in-Residence Program since its inception. This funding has enabled UMOCA to provide Utah artists with critical professional development and exhibition opportunities. Previously, the Foundation assisted UMOCA in dealing with tech challenges and funded multiple youth programs. Many thanks for your continued support!

ART SHOP

Curated Collections

It's getting cold and dreary outside, but art--and your home--can be as bright, vivid, and eye-catching as ever. Here are a few of our favorite signature finds (head-start on holiday shopping, anyone?):
  1. Joshua Flicker, Bowls & Bottles, $22 - $48
  2. Youjia Nie, Illustrators: In & Out, $39.95
  3. Elizabeth Ann Miklavcic, Cards, $5.50
  4. Cat Palmer, Orange Wing Stabilizer, $85
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
NOV 7
Submission Deadline: 
Gala Call for Artists
NOV 10 | 7 PM
Art Talk: Mel Ziegler on
Grandma's Cupboard

NOV 13 | 7 PM
Member Appreciation Party, Opening Night: Ben Gaulon, Tyrone Davies, Jean Richardson
NOV 14 | 1-4 PM
Creative Critter Day: Art Dog,
Family Art Saturday
NOV 19 | 7 PM
Film Screening: 
Ai Wei Wei: The Fake Case
NOV 20 | 5-7 PM
Fibonacci Magazine:
New Issue Launch Party
NOV 21 | 10 AM
SENSE/ABILITY:
Grandma's Cupboard
NOV 26 | ALL DAY
Closed for Thanksgiving
NOV 28 | 7 PM
Small Business Saturday

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

Grandeur Peak
John Bell

Marriner S. Eccles Foundation

Richard K. & Shirley S. 
Hemingway Foundation

The Tucker Family

Willard L. Eccles
Charitable Foundation

National Endowment
for the Arts