UMFA Events April 2017

. March 16, 2017

While UMFA galleries remain closed for remodeling, the Museum is hosting films and artist talks in our Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium and Third Saturdays for Families in our education classroom. The Museum Café and Museum Store are open for business Monday through Friday.

UMFA galleries will reopen the weekend of August 26–27, 2017

ARTLandish | The Provisional City: Observing, Imagining, and reMaking Home
Utah Symposium in Science and Literature
Wednesday, April 12–Friday, April 14 | FREE*
Humans are builders and like many species—birds, beavers, ants, even plants—we believe we shape the world around us to fit our needs. Or do we? If we accept that human beings are part of nature, not separate from it, how do we bring human nature to bear in a positive way on our built environment?

The symposium will bring together poet Cole Swensen, biologist John Marzluff, and visual-environmental artist Mel Chin to consider these questions.

The UMFA is proud to co-present and host the symposium as part of the ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment series. The symposium is co-directed by University of Utah professors Katharine Coles (English) and Frederick Adler (biology and mathematics).

*Registration is suggested for guaranteed seating.
Contact Whitney Reid at or 801.581.7237.
For more information visit

ARTLandish is sponsored by the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and presented in partnership with the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts and J. Willard Marriott Library, and the Salt Lake City Public Library.

ARTLandish | Third Saturday for Families: Landscape Yarn Painting
Saturday, April 15 | 1–4 pm | FREE
UMFA Education Classroom
Yarn painting originates from the Huichol or Wixáritari (pronounced /wi’raritari/) culture of Mexico. View colorful, nature-inspired yarn paintings to inspire your own yarn landscape. This event is part of our
ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment series.

Evening for Educators | At Work: Celebrating the Art of Labor and the Working World
Wednesday, April 19 | 5:30–8:30 pm
UMFA | FREE for teachers
The “daily grind” is part of everyday life, no matter where (or when) we live. Explore the art of work and works of art from the UMFA global collection to spark interdisciplinary appreciation of labor across cultures and throughout time.

Artist Talk | Antimonuments: A Draft of Shadows
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
University of Utah Art & Art History Christensen Fund Visiting Artist
Thursday, April 20 | 7 pm | FREE
UMFA Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium
Mexican-Canadian media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will present his work—interactive installations at the intersection of architecture and performance art. Using technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance, projectors, multichannel sound systems and telematic networks he creates platforms for public participation that interrupt the corporate narratives of “architainment.”

Lozano-Hemmer was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition at Palazzo Van Axel in 2007. His work is in collections such as Museum of Modern Art in New York, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, and Tate in London.

Creativity in Focus Film Series | Because I Was a Painter
Wednesday, April 26 | 7 pm | FREE
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium
Directed by Christophe Cognet
104 min | 2013 | France | Not Rated
When the Allies liberated the concentration camps in 1945 they discovered thousands of secretly created artworks. These drawings, hidden from the Nazis, offer an unparalleled view of life during the war. For more than seventy years the story of the artists who created them has remained untold. With unprecedented access to paintings, drawings, etchings, and sculptures held in collections around the world the film conducts a gripping and fascinating investigation into art that captures, reflects, and inspires in difficult times.

Presented in partnership with Utah Film Center.

ACME Session | Women in Migration
Thursday, April 27 | 6:30 pm
Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library
Utah is a welcoming city to immigrants, currently hosting 60,000 refugees fleeing persecution, violence and war. Eight percent of our state’s population is foreign born with a large representation of migrants from Canada, Mexico, and China. Explore the political, social, and economic issues of immigration with session leaders from The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects—a transnational feminist collective of artists, writers, and researchers:

Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess | Artist, New York City
Dalida María Benfield | Artists researcher, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Annie Isabel Fukushima | Assistant Professor, University of Utah School for
Cultural and Social Transformation

Through film screenings, performance, and a video/media making workshop we seek to create dialogue and imagery reflecting the experience of women in these migratory times. Bring your stories and enthusiasm to learn about migration and how it impacts our communities. We welcome all ages, genders, and national origins to this timely discussion as we grapple with our twenty-first-century reality—people, family, and even objects on the move.

ACME (Art. Community. Museum. Education.) Sessions are bimonthly roundtable public exchanges where participants can dream and articulate new models of education and engagement through art. Presented by the UMFA in partnership with The City Library. Presenting sponsor is Wells Fargo with additional funding from Utah Humanities. Utah Humanities improves communities through active engagement in the humanities.

Family Art Making | Design Your Own Work Apron
Saturday, April 29 | 11 am–2 pm | FREE
Hyrum City Museum, 50 West Main Street, Hyrum
Many jobs require protective clothing as part of the work uniform. Join us to learn about history of work in Hyrum. Then design a personal logo or brand to draw on your own work apron. This workshop is conducted by education curators from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

The Way We Worked
March 25–May 13 | FREE
Hyrum City Museum, 50 West Main Street, Hyrum
The Way We Worked is a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution exploring how work became such a central element in American culture. Drawing on the rich collections of the National Archives, the exhibition traces the many changes affecting the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.

Companion exhibitions—Tradition and Innovation: Working Together in Hyrum and A Work Worth Doing—illustrate the growth and innovation that has developed Hyrum.

The UMFA has teamed up with Utah Humanities to bring The Way We Worked to six Utah communities. Curriculum and free programming connect the exhibition to the history and resources of each community. The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Utah Humanities created by the National Archives with support from the United States Congress.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is located on the University of Utah campus in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at 410 Campus Center Drive. The UMFA’s mission is to inspire critical dialogue and illuminate the role of art in our lives. For more information call (801) 581-7332 or visit

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