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Utah Museum of Fine Arts September 2013 Events and Exhibitions


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.

Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Saturday, September 7 | 6 pm | FREE
6 pm | Collector Jordan D. Schnitzer, in conversation with UMFA’s curator of modern and contemporary art Whitney Tassie, will talk about his experiences as a collector and some of the works on display in Under Pressure, which are drawn from his highly respected and comprehensive collection of contemporary prints.
7 pm | Community Celebration

Guerrilla Girls
Thursday, September 12 | 5 pm | FREE*
In 1985, a group of female artists founded the Guerrilla Girls to shed light on discrimination in the art world through provocative activism, wearing gorilla masks to hide their true identities. Today, they continue their legacy as important contributors to the causes of feminism and social change. Their dynamic presentations are known to be exciting, empowering events, extending their invitation to “Go ape with us!”
*Tickets required. Visit for details

Artist Talk and Panel Discussion with Martha Wilson
Wednesday, September 18 | 5 pm | FREE
The exhibition Martha Wilson: Staging the Self presents the artist’s work dealing with issues of assumed and projected identity, as well as examples of her curatorial practice, in which she provides a site for the exploration of avant-garde art. In this program, Wilson will deliver a presentation about her work, which will be followed by a lively panel discussion with the artist and regional scholars.

Third Saturday Art Activity for Families: Collage Portraits
Saturday, September 21 | 1–4 pm | FREE
Be your own cutting-edge contemporary artist. Get inspiration from the Martha Wilson: Staging the Self exhibition on display and make a statement with your art through contemporary collage portraits. Third Saturday is funded in part by Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Program (ZAP).

Chamber Music Series
Wednesday, September 25 | 7 pm | FREE
Experience the harmonious convergence of music and art at the UMFA as students from the University of Utah School of Music String Quartet gather in the galleries to perform musical masterpieces in the intimate and beautiful surrounds of the Museum.


Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

OPENING September 5, 2013

This exhibition presents selections from the largest collection of contemporary prints in the United States. Spanning the past five decades, it features works by thirty-nine artists from Jasper Johns and Sol LeWitt to Damien Hirst, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker. Under Pressure charts an array of artistic and social concerns, from minimalism to pop and conceptual art, and more recent works addressing race, gender, and identity.

Exploring Sustainability

OPENING September 13, 2013

Exploring Sustainability is an exhibition of new projects that explore how principles of ecological sustainability and affiliated design strategies are applied to creative thinking and to the design process. During Sustainable Design Practice, the University of Utah studio art course in which this work was created, students gained an overview of the environmental impacts of design and production practices as well as the processes and methods associated with more sustainable approaches. The projects created over the course of the spring 2013 semester are inspired examples of how students integrated sustainable design into their own creative process. The exhibition is intended to stimulate further dialogue among the university and local communities about issues related to sustainability.

Martha Wilson: Staging the Self

On view through November 10, 2013

Martha Wilson’s career, spanning forty years, encapsulates the contestations inherent in feminist and socially engaged practices. In her work and throughout her life, Wilson has explored how identity and positioning are not just self-defined or projected, but also negotiated. The complex nature of her work encompasses her activities as an artist, creating conceptually-based performances, videos, and photo-text compositions since the early 1970s; her position as the founder and director of the non-profit space Franklin Furnace; and her collaboration with other women to form the group, DISBAND among many other things. Wilson’s attitude to collaboration and openness to constantly redefining both personal and collective identities make her a central figure with which to collaborate on producing this exhibition that explores current approaches toward feminism, activism, and collaborative practice.

Martha Wilson: Staging the Self is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Guest curator for the exhibition is Peter Dykhuis. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, the ICI Board of Trustees, and ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson.

salt 8: Shigeyuki Kihara

On view through January 5, 2014

salt 8 will feature the work of Shigeyuki Kihara, a prominent artist based in New Zealand. Born in 1975 in Samoa to a Buddhist Japanese father and a Christian Samoan mother, Kihara investigates the complexities of cultural identity, colonialism, representation, gender roles, and spirituality through performance, photography, and video. In the UMFA’s salt gallery, Kihara will present large-scale looping projections of her 2012 videos Galu Afi and Siva in Motion. Inspired by the traditional Samoan dance Taualuga, both videos are lamentations for the loss caused by the 2009 tsunami as well as poetic meditations on Samoa’s colonial past and future climate change. Adjacent to the salt gallery, Kihara will stage a photographic intervention with our Pacific Island collection.

Lawrence Weiner:

On view through mid-2014

A fascinating work of language sculpture by groundbreaking contemporary artist Lawrence Weiner is now on view in the UMFA G.W. Anderson Family Great Hall. Purchased by the Museum in 2011 with funds from the Phyllis Cannon Wattis Endowment for 20th Century Art, BENT TO A STRAIGHT AND NARROW AT A POINT OF PASSAGE (1976) is an important addition to the UMFA’s permanent collection of contemporary art and represents a canonical moment in art history.

**Exhibition dates are subject to change.

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