Utah Museum of Fine Arts October 2012 Exhibitions, Announcements and Events

Volunteer Opportunity at the UMFA: Become a Weekday Docent!
Contact Amy Edwards by October 5
Have a thirst for knowledge and a commitment to arts education? Become a Weekday Docent at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. The UMFA relies on committed docents to guide thousands of people through the UMFA each year. We are currently forming our next docent class and have several openings available. Training for Weekday Docents begins October 9 and takes place twice per week through May. For more information please contact Amy Edwards at [email protected] or 801-585-9875 by October 5, 2012.


5 Blocks
September 21, 2012-April 21, 2013
Presented in the Emma Eccles Jones Education Gallery, 5 Blocks will feature youth artwork created in collaboration with UMFA educators. Students at Hawthorne Elementary and Granger High School investigated a five-block area near their schools, examining how we shape the spaces we live in and how, in turn, those spaces shape us. The students then used their experience to create art in a variety of media.

Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism
September 28, 2012-March 18, 2013
Recognized as one of the four major Regionalist artists, Dale Nichols created artwork in the Midwest during the Great Depression, when he turned toward the local landscape in hopes of creating a uniquely American art. Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism will showcase more than twenty paintings that span much of the artist’s long career.

Horizon: Selections from the Guild of Book Workers
October 5-December 30, 2012
The UMFA and J. Willard Marriott Library Book Arts Program present the grand opening of Horizon, a traveling exhibition organized by the Guild of Book Workers. This national, non-profit organization is dedicated to sustaining and promoting all aspects of book artistry. Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to explore themes of the horizon through dozens of spectacular book arts pieces.

Nancy Holt: Sightlines
October 19, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Nancy Holt’s pioneering artworks, such as her well-known, large-scale Sun Tunnels (1973-76) sculpture located in Utah’s desert, deal with memory, perception, time and space. A key member of the Land Art movement, Holt uses the natural environment as both medium and subject, focusing on humanity’s interrelation with the earth by challenging our understanding of landscape. Nancy Holt: Sightlines offers an in-depth look at Holt’s early projects and far-reaching body of work, which includes sculpture, film, photography, artist books and concrete poetry. Nancy Holt: Sightlines is a traveling exhibition organized by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University and curated by Alena J. Williams, with the Salt Lake City presentation organized by Whitney Tassie, UMFA curator of modern and contemporary art. Major support for the exhibition and its programs is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

salt 6: Emre Hüner
On view from October 26, 2012 – January 13, 2013
salt 6: Emre Hüner is the sixth project in the Museum’s series of exhibitions showcasing innovative art from around the world. The salt series aims to reflect the international impact of contemporary art today, forging local connections to the global, and bringing new and diverse artwork to the city that shares the program’s name. salt 6 will debut the newest film by the Turkish, Berlin-based artist, whose work explores questions surrounding progress, modernity, science fiction, and utopian impulses.

**Exhibition dates are subject to change.


Highlights of the Collection Tour
6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month and 1:30 p.m. 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.

Evening for Educators: 5 Blocks
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 5:30 p.m. | Free
Teachers and others with interest are invited to discover ways to help students of all grade levels explore their built surroundings. Damon Rich, Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey, will deliver a guest lecture. Funded in part by the StateWide Art Partnership.

Lecture by Author Gerald Elias
Hosted by Book Club at the Museum
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. | Free
Book Club at the Museum invites the public to explore the dark recesses of the classical music world with author and musician Gerald Elias. In this free event, Elias will discuss his award-winning murder mystery, Devil’s Trill, and perform highlights of music described in the book. This author is provided by the Utah Humanities Council as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival. www.humanities.org.

Nancy Holt: Sightlines Opening Celebration
Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Artist talk by Nancy Holt at 6:00 p.m. | Community celebration at 7:00 p.m.| Free
This celebration marks the opening of the exhibition, Nancy Holt: Sightlines, organized by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. All guests will have the chance to meet the visionary Land artist Nancy Holt in person, learn about her artistic practice, and be among the first to view her work at the UMFA.

Third Saturday for Families: Masks
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m. | Free
This free Third Saturday program for families will offer all participants the chance to take part in the UMFA’s annual mask-making art activity in time for Halloween. Costumes are welcome. Third Saturday is funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Fund.

Sun Tunnels Viewing with Nancy Holt
Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. | Free
The UMFA is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view Sun Tunnels (1973-1976) at sunset with the artist, Nancy Holt. Please note there is no formal program – but rather the chance to experience this work in the presence of the artist at sunset – the most optimal time to visit Sun Tunnels. Participants must arrange for their own transportation. Please refer to www.umfa.utah.edu for directions, precautions, recommended attire and travel tips.

Art Talk: “Sun Tunnels: Construction/Reconstruction”
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 4:00-5:30 p.m. | Free
This art talk begins with a viewing of Nancy Holt’s short film, Sun Tunnels, which chronicles her creation of the famous earthwork in Utah’s desert. After viewing the film, professors Hikmet Sidney Loe and Paul Stout will give a presentation on their reconstruction work on Sun Tunnels in 2010.

Artist Talk: Conversation with salt 6 artist Emre Hüner
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7:00 p.m. | Free
Join us for a conversation with salt 6 artist Emre Huner, and Jill Dawsey, Associate Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. After the conversation, be the first to see the sixth salt installation in the galleries.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
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General Admission
Adults $7
Youth (ages 6-18) $5
Seniors & Students $5
Children under 6 FREE
U students, staff & faculty FREE
Active duty military personnel FREE
Thanks to the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks fund, the UMFA opens its
doors for FREE on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of the month.

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