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Utah Museum of Fine Arts April 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.

Artist Talk at the UMFA: Jedediah Caesar

Thursday, April 4 |6 pm | FREE
Los Angeles-based artist Jedediah Caesar will discuss his current work and his piece “*|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_ ,” the artwork acquired by the Friends of Contemporary Art of the UMFA last year. This lecture is sponsored by A Gallery.

Chamber Music Series at the UMFA

Wednesday, April 10 | 7 pm | FREE

Experience the harmonious convergence of music and art at the UMFA as students from the University of Utah School of Music gather in the galleries to perform musical masterpieces in the intimate and beautiful surrounds of the Museum. Allow music played by the Rosco String Quartet inform your artistic viewing experience.

UMFA Campus Art Walk

Thursday, April 11 | 5-8 pm | FREE

At The University of Utah many different artworks can be found, from sculptures to paintings to the buildings themselves; come discover these hidden artistic gems with SMAC, the UMFA’s Students’ Museum Advisory Council. The evening’s events will begin with a kick-off party at the UMFA complete with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and music, then will continue with a self-guided tour to view art around campus. A printed guide to the night’s activities will feature brief essays written by students highlighting little-known artworks on campus. For more information about this event and the SMAC group, visit and the UMFA blog

Artist Talk at the UMFA: Kevin Red Star

Thursday, April 18 | 4:30 pm | FREE

During this artist talk, Kevin Red Star will discuss his development as an artist and the themes in his work. Born and raised on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana, Kevin Red Star’s family, heritage, and abundance of visual experience serve as his palette. His paintings are included in the exhibition Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West which will be on view through August 11, 2013.

Third Saturday Art Activity for Families: Wire Sculptures

Saturday, April 20 | 1 pm – 4 pm | FREE

During this Third Saturday receive inspiration from the wire sculptures created by students at Granger High School in our exhibition, 5 Blocks, to create your own sculpture of a building, street sign, or street lamp. The wire sculptures on view show what Granger students found when they explored the five blocks around their school. Third Saturday is funded in part by Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Program (ZAP) and OluKai.

Spring Film Series Co-presented by the Utah Film Center

Wednesday, April 24 | 7 pm | FREE

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 five short films created by Native filmmakers whose work represents an evolution of the American Indian storytelling tradition. The film featured this evening will be “Grab.” Visit or for more information.


Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism
CLOSING 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.

salt 7: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

On view through June 23, 2013

salt 7: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is the seventh installment in the Museum’s series of exhibitions featuring new and innovative art from around the world. For her first solo exhibition in the western United States, British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will show never-before exhibited oil paintings. Employing a palette and brushwork not unlike that of traditional western portraiture, Yiadom-Boakye’s luscious, gestural paintings consider the role of the black figure, as both subject and author, in the art historical canon. Her ambiguous portraits, composed from various sources and imagination, are purposely void of social, economic, and spatial clues. However, her fictitious subjects often engage the viewer with a direct glance or a furtive grin, projecting agency and inviting viewer interpretation.

Mike Disfarmer: Cleburne County Portraits

On view through July 14, 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’.

Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West

On View through August 11, 2013

Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West is an ambitious exhibition comprising more than 100 oil paintings, sculpture, and works on paper drawn primarily from the Diane and Sam Stewart Collection. It examines depictions of American Indian identity (by both natives and non-natives) in a diverse array of styles: from the traditional European schools to Modernist abstraction and conceptual renderings of cultural motifs. Subject matter focuses on the Pueblo people of Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico but other important and impactful portraits of American Indians are also included. Artworks range in tone from the romantic and ideal to the utterly real, sometimes taking on sensitive subject matter that is often inherent to contemporary American Indian identity. This exhibition negotiates the devices and implications of portraiture as a historical genre, to show that a portrait can either fashion a mythologized persona or an authentic personal dynamic that speaks to lived experience.

**Exhibition dates are subject to change.

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