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Utah Museum of Fine Arts February 2013 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.

Anthropology Film Series

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, and 20 | 7 pm

The UMFA and the University of Utah’s Anthropology Department are pleased to co-present

three free films that each take the theme of family in different directions to examine the

complexity of the bonds that hold us together. Visit for film titles and more


Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West Opening Celebration | Friday, February 15

University and UMFA Members exhibition preview | 5 pm

Public artist talk by Shonto Begay | 6 pm

Community celebration | 7 pm

This celebration marks the opening of the exhibition, Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians

in the West. Shonto Begay of the Navajo (Diné) Nation, whose work appears in the exhibition,

will speak about his work during this UMFA artist talk. Begay will discuss his artistic choices and

handling of non-mythologized everyday life, as well as the thought-provoking themes in his


Third Saturday for Families: Torn-paper Landscapes

February 16 | 1-4 pm

Explore the Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism exhibition and contemplate the sweeping

landscapes and lonely farms in Dale Nichols’ work. Then try your hand at your own landscape

using torn paper and colored pencils.

Spring Film Series Co-presented by the Utah Film Center

Wednesdays, February 27 | On the Ice| 7 pm

As a complement to Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West, the UMFA is once again partnering with the Utah Film Center to present three films created by Native American filmmakers whose work represents an evolution of the Native American storytelling tradition. Visit or for more information.


Mike Disfarmer: Cleburne County Portraits

Opened January 24, 2013

The Coen Brothers, Ralph Lauren and guitarist Bill Frisell are just a few artists who have found inspiration in the photographs of Mike Disfarmer. A small town photographer from Heber Springs, Arkansas, Disfarmer used glass plate negatives to create snapshot size photographs as keepsakes for the local community. The stark minimalism of his studio backdrops, especially those used during the 1930s and through the war years, effectively isolate his subjects and in doing so create intimate, deeply human portraits of them. The dignity of hard work and the vagaries of rural life can be read in the faces and demeanor of the many people who sat for his ‘penny portraits’.

salt 6: Emre Huner

On view through February 10, 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.

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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Wednesday: 10:00 am–8:00 p.m.
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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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