Utah Museum of Fine Arts announces Marisa Morsn Jahn: MIRROR | MASK

Salt Lake City – The​ ​Utah Museum of Fine Arts is bringing another thought-provoking installation to the Museum’s interactive ACME Lab. MIRROR | MASK is a multi-part project by New York City-based artist Marisa Morán Jahn, who uses sculpture, performance, photography, GIFs and video featuring mirror masks to explore how we see ourselves reflected—or distorted—in others.

MIRROR | MASK is on view Thursday, August 16 through Sunday, December 9. An exhibition preview, including an artist talk, will be held Wednesday, August 15 (details below).

MIRROR | MASK explores ideas of identity, presentation, and self-reflection through works on view in the ACME Lab as well as in the UMFA permanent collection galleries. In the ACME Lab, Jahn’s images of people in mirror masks reflecting their surroundings invites interpretations of the masks, the wearers and their experiences. Visitors can explore these ideas in hands-on ways, by taking selfies while wearing a mirror mask that reflects surrounding patterns or by shining lights on masks displayed in a darkened room to change the space with reflections. Elsewhere in the Museum, Jahn’s masks interact with other artworks on view, playing off themes found in ongoing exhibitions of ancient Egyptian, traditional African and contemporary art by women.

Jahn’s work meditates on how we have presented ourselves throughout history and how we see the Other (those we consider alien, threatening or inferior because of their differences from us) within ourselves. “Masks conceal and offer protection; at the same time they can be liberatory by allowing us to fashion, inhabit and reclaim other kinds of agency,” Jahn says.

Of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, Marisa Morán Jahn is an artist, multimedia designer, educator and the founder of Studio REV-, a nonprofit organization whose public art projects and tools impact the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, women and youth.

MIRROR | MASK is curated by Virginia Catherall, curator of education, family programs, visitor experience and community outreach, in collaboration with Jorge Rojas, director of education and engagement, and Emily Izzo, ACME coordinator.

This exhibition and ACME Lab is made possible, in part, by a generous gift from The JoAnne L. Shrontz Family Foundation. Jahn’s work in MIRROR | MASK is supported by Creative Capital.

ACME (Art. Community. Museum. Education.) is an outreach initiative dedicated to rethinking the public role of museums. ACME Lab is an innovative space in the Museum’s Emma Eccles Jones Education Center dedicated to community engagement and art experimentation.

Free Public Programs

Exhibition Preview
Wednesday, August 15 | FREE
ACME Lab opens | 5 pm
Artist Talk with Marisa Morán Jahn | 7 pm | Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium

Third Saturday for Families: Mask Making
Saturday, October 20 | 1–4 pm | FREE
Masks not only hide our faces, but they can also transform us and reflect a new identity back to others. Get inspiration from Marisa Morán Jahn’s MIRROR | MASK to create your own reflective mask.

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For more information, please visit https://umfa.utah.edu/acme/marisa-jahn

Marisa Morán Jahn