Utah Museum of Fine Arts announce May 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.

CIRCUS Film Series
6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 2 • FREE • Not rated
This event marks the final screening of episodes from CIRCUS, a PBS documentary that follows the legendary Big Apple Circus on an unforgettable journey from the “big top” to the “back lot.” This program is presented in conjunction with the UMFA’s current Georges Rouault: Circus of the Shooting Star exhibition.

Third Saturday for Families: Found Object Sculpture
1:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, May 19 • FREE
Explore our newly installed Modern and Contemporary Art gallery to see sculptures made from rubber, cardboard, and wood. Then create your own sculpture from everyday materials at this fun, family-friendly event. The Third Saturday program is funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks fund.

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, and film series.

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
Website: umfa.utah.edu

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