Utah Museum of Fine Arts December 2012 Exhibitions and Events


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.

Day With(out) Art

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The UMFA will participate in the annual observance of World AIDS Day by covering up a selected work of art from the permanent collection.

Holiday Market

Saturday, December 8, 2012, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The UMFA will host The Holiday Market, a free event featuring art-inspired gifts created by top local artisans. Featured items include jewelry, pottery, textiles, glass, and letterpress. Holiday cards, ornaments, books, and children’s gifts will also be available in The Museum Store.

Artful Afternoon for Families: Winter Solstice

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Participants will celebrate Utah’s winter wonderland and solstice with art making, science activities, and fun performances at the UMFA. This free family celebration will take place inside and outside of the Museum, so everyone should bring their winter clothes. Funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Fund.


salt 6: Emre Huner

On view through January 13, 2013

salt 6: Emre Huner features the premier of a new film by the Turkish, Berlin-based artist, whose work explores questions surrounding progress, modernity, science fiction, and utopian impulses.

Nancy Holt: Sightlines
On view through January 20, 2013
Nancy Holt: Sightlines will offer an in-depth look at the early projects of this important American artist whose pioneering work falls at the intersection of art, architecture, and time-based media. Since the late 1960s, Holt has created a far-reaching body of work, including Land art, films, videos, site-specific installations, artist’s books, concrete poetry, and major sculpture commissions. Nancy Holt: Sightlines showcases the artist’s transformation of the perception of the landscape through the use of different observational modes in her early films, videos, and related works from 1966 to 1980. With her novel use of cylindrical forms, light, and techniques of reflection, Holt developed a unique aesthetics of perception, which enabled visitors to her sites like Sun Tunnels (1973-76), located in Utah’s Great Basin, to engage with the landscape in new and challenging ways.

Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism
On view through March 18, 2013

Dale Nichols is well known as the fourth major Regionalist artist, alongside Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and John Stueart Curry. Their work, created in the Midwest during the Great Depression, defined a period in American art when artists turned toward the land and known narratives in hope of creating uniquely American themes and styles of art. The UMFA is delighted to offer Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism, an exhibition spanning much of his long career. Nichols’ early paintings focused on the often-difficult relationship between Midwest farmers and their land. His stylized landscapes and red barns, representing both shelter and sustenance, held images of hope for a struggling nation and honored the agrarian ideal. By the 1940s Nichols indulged his wanderlust, traveling repeatedly to Alaska and spending extended periods of time in Guatemala and Mexico. Paintings from this period are represented in this exhibition as well.

5 Blocks
On view through April 21, 2013

5 Blocks is an exhibition of youth artwork created in collaboration with UMFA educators by students at Hawthorne Elementary (Salt Lake City School District) and Granger High School (Granite School District). By investigating a five block area near their school, students demystified how we shape the spaces we live in and how those spaces shape us. Through a variety of media, this exhibition shares with viewers what students discovered when they left the classroom and got a chance to engage with the city. During the planning of this exhibition UMFA educators consulted with Damon Rich, a nationally recognized designer and artist who currently serves as the Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey.

**Exhibition dates are subject to change.

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