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Utah Museum of Fine Arts April 2012 Exhibitions and Events

Highlights of the Collection Tour
6:30 pm on the first Wednesday of the month and 1:30 pm on all Saturdays and Sundays
FREE with general Museum admission
Experience the UMFA galleries through a thirty-minute tour with a docent. No pre-registration necessary.

Palette to Palate: Art and Wine Class
6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, April 5 •$64 for general public
In this private class for adults, visitors will explore Europe’s artistic palette through a tour of key pieces from the UMFA’s collection, and then indulge their tasting palates with six select European wines. This class is offered through U of U Lifelong Learning. Space is limited and valid photo ID is required. Call 801.587.5433 or visit to register.

Visiting Artist Talk: Laylah Ali
4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 11 • FREE
Enjoy a free public lecture by contemporary artist Laylah Ali, presented by the University of Utah Department of Art & Art History as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Based in Massachusetts, Laylah Ali creates precise, small, figurative gouache paintings on paper. Ali often juxtaposes brightly colored scenes with dark, sometimes violent subject matter that speaks of political resistance, social relationships, and betrayal.

Chamber Music Series
7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 11 • FREE with general admission
Experience the harmonious convergence of music and art at the UMFA as students from the University of Utah School of Music perform musical marimba pieces inspired by The Faculty Show exhibition.

Symposium: “Art and Public: Social Engagement as Aesthetic Practice”
2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18 • FREE
The University of Utah Art & Art History Department, together with the John and Marva Warnock Artist in Residence Program and the Creative Campus Initiative, will bring four internationally-acclaimed artists and scholars to the UMFA for a symposium. Panelists Mark Allen, Edgar Arceneaux, Lucia Sanroman, and Sylvia Torti will give brief presentations on their work and then participate in a discussion informed by a public practice course taught by 2012 Warnock Artist in Residence Andrea Bowers.

CIRCUS Film Series
6:00 pm on Wednesdays, April 18, April 25, and May 2 • FREE • Not rated
Over the course of six dramatic hours, the PBS documentary CIRCUS follows the legendary Big Apple Circus on an unforgettable journey from the “big top” to the “back lot.” Enjoy this screening of CIRCUS in two-episode increments over the course of three evenings. This program is presented in conjunction with the UMFA’s current Georges Rouault: Circus of the Shooting Star exhibition.

Third Saturday for Families: Monoprints
1:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, April 21 • FREE
The museum is full of artistic prints. From etchings and engravings to woodcuts and lithographs, prints of all kinds can inspire parents and children to make prints of their own. This program is funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks fund.

The Faculty Show Gallery Talk
3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 24 • FREE with general admission
Don’t miss the last gallery talk presented in conjunction with The Faculty Show exhibition. Meet faculty artists Edward Bateman, Jared Steffensen, Van Chu, Zuzanna Audette, and Brian Snapp, and learn about their intriguing works on view in the UMFA galleries.

Guest Lecture: “Chauvet Cave: A Portal to Man’s Earliest Known Masters” by Dr. Jean Clottes
7:00 pm on Thursday, April 26 • FREE
The Leakey Foundation, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts are pleased to present this free public lecture by cave expert Dr. Jean Clottes as part of the 2012 Leakey Foundation Speaker Series on Human Origins. Journey back in time as Dr. Clottes explores man’s early mastery of artistic expression in the Chauvet Cave, one of the best-known sanctuaries of prehistoric painting in the world. Discovered in 1994 in southern France, the cave’s artwork is renowned for its aesthetic quality and impressive age of over 30,000 years. Space is limited.

Low Lives 4: Networked Performance Festival
6:30-9:30 pm on Friday, April 27 and 1:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, April 28 • FREE with general admission
Experience the merging of performance and technology in Low Lives 4! The UMFA is pleased to be the central presenting venue for this international festival, which features live performance-based artwork streamed online and projected in real-time at venues around the world. Don’t miss your chance to meet Low Lives curator Jorge Rojas and view more than fifty live performance pieces from nine countries, including on-site performances at the UMFA by featured artist Michelle Ellsworth.

Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 28 • FREE with general admission • $10 lunch reservations optional
Celebrated around the world, Slow Art Day helps people slow down and examine art in a new way. At the UMFA, we will use our own self-guide to look at specific artworks in a fresh way. Guests are invited to gather for lunch in the Museum Café to discuss the experience. Space is limited. RSVP by April 21 for the $10 lunch and group discussion by calling (801) 581-3580 or visiting


At Work: Prints from the Great Depression
On view through May 6, 2012
What is the place of labor in our lives? Organized in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Basso, Assistant Professor of History and Gender Studies and Director of the American West Center at the University of Utah, this exhibition features Depression-era prints focusing on men and women and work. At Work explores the role of working artists during one of America’s most trying eras, and tells the compelling story of life and labor during the Great Depression with prints by Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Herschel Levit, Riva Helfond, and dozens of other artists. The exhibition features selections from the collection of Mrs. Marcia Price and Ambassador John Price.

The Faculty Show: Recent Work by The University of Utah Art Faculty
On view through May 6, 2012
The UMFA is pleased to present an exhibition of artwork by the University of Utah Department of Art faculty. New works by tenured, tenure-track, and adjunct faculty artists will be on view in the Museum’s Great Hall and first-floor galleries. The exhibition reflects current trends in contemporary art, as well as traditional practices in a variety of media, including: ceramics, painting and drawing, sculpture, photography and digital imaging, printmaking, installation, and new media.

Georges Rouault: Circus of the Shooting Star
On view through May 13, 2012
Artist Georges Rouault was fascinated by the circus, a world where superficial brightness was underscored by overwhelming sadness. The images in his portfolio of etchings, Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Star), demonstrate Rouault’s attempt to strip away the spangles of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.” On loan to the UMFA from the Syracuse University Art Galleries, this exhibition comprises color etchings that introduce the portfolio and wood engravings illustrating Rouault’s text. The Circus of the Shooting Star exhibition will be accompanied by a fun-filled family guide, in-gallery puppet theater, a film series and special art-making events for kids and parents.

salt 5: Daniel Everett
On view through July 29, 2012
salt 5: Daniel Everett is the fifth in the Museum’s series of exhibitions featuring innovative art from around the world. Working in photography, video, and installation, artist Daniel Everett investigates the ways in which the human-made landscape shapes and structures our experience as individuals.

Res Mortis: Matters of Death
Now on View
Experience the UMFA’s ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman collection in its new home on the second floor. The Egyptian gallery features the twenty-sixth dynasty anthropoid coffin of Padiusir (a visitor favorite), along with other intriguing objects that explore the economic aspects of preparing for the afterlife. The revitalized Greek and Roman gallery highlights the UMFA’s recently conserved Apulian funerary amphora and the marble sarcophagus of a young Roman nobleman.

**Exhibition dates are subject to change.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
University of Utah
Marcia & John Price Museum Building
410 Campus Center Dr
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
(801) 581-7332

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