Utah Museum of Fine Arts November 2014 Events and Exhibitions


Highlights of the Collection Tour
First Wednesday of every month | 6:30 pm

Saturdays and Sundays | 1:30 pm
FREE with general Museum admission
Experience the UMFA galleries through a thirty-minute tour with a docent. No pre-registration necessary.

Yoga at the UMFA
November 4, November 18 |1-2 pm | FREE
Renowned local yoga instructor Scott Moore will lead a free yoga class in the UMFA’s Great Hall. These classes will explore the connections between the practice of yoga and the pieces in Moksha: Photography by Fazal Sheikh, as well as its companion exhibition, Bhakti, which presents depictions of Krishna from the UMFA’s permanent collection.

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the Work of Fazal Sheikh
Thursday, November 6 | 5 pm | FREE
University of Utah scholars examine the content and context of Fazal Sheikh’s photographs through a variety of perspectives. Panelists are Christine Everaert, assistant professor of languages and literature; Haimanti Bhattacharya, assistant professor of economics; Ewa Wasilewska, associate professor of anthropology and associate professor in the Middle East Center; and Luke Kelly, UMFA associate curator of antiquities.

New Narratives: Recent Work by University of Utah Art Faculty | FREE
Open House | Wednesday, November 12 | 4-8 pm
This triennial exhibition showcases the newest work by the University of Utah’s Department of Art and Design faculty and celebrates the working artists who inspire the community through their creative output and their teaching.

New Narratives: Recent Work by U of U Art Faculty Gallery Talks | FREE
Thursday, November 13 | 5:30-7 pm
Wednesday, November 19 | 5:30-7 pm
Friday, November 21 | *Pre-Gallery Stroll, 4-6 pm
Warm up for Salt Lake City’s Gallery Stroll (6-9 pm) by stopping first at the UMFA. See exciting new work by University of Utah faculty and meet the artists in person.

Third Saturday for Families: Printmaking
Saturday, November 15 | 1–4 pm | FREE
Printmaking is a centuries-old art form that is still practiced today. Be inspired by the talented University of Utah faculty artists exhibiting at the UMFA to create your own set of prints.

Fall Film Series: Creativity in Focus
Wednesday, November 19 | 7 pm | FREE
Co-presented with the Utah Film Center. Additional support provided by CUAC and Modern West Fine Art.

Monk with a Camera
90 min | 2014 | USA/France/Italy/India | Not rated
Directed by Tina Mascara and Guido Santi

Monk with a Camera chronicles the life and spiritual quest of Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland. The son of a United States ambassador, grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, and a photographer by trade, Nicky left his privileged life behind to follow his true calling—becoming a Buddhist monk. He moved to India, cutting his ties with society, photography, and his pleasure-filled world, to live in a monastery with no running water or electricity. There he spent the next fourteen years studying to become a monk. Then, in one of life’s beautiful twists, Nicky returned to the worldly pursuit of photography in order to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery, one of the most important monasteries of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.



Moksha: Photography by Fazal Sheikh
CLOSING November 30, 2014
Moksha: Photography by Fazal Sheikh weaves together the artist-activist’s portraits and the stories of a community of widows in the Hindu pilgrimage site of Vrindavan. A marginalized segment of Hindu society since ancient times, widows, many of them dispossessed of home and family, have few places of sanctuary. In Vrindavan, a city holy to the Hindu god Krishna, these women chant and pray every day in the hopes of obtaining moksha, release from the constant cycle of death and rebirth. The exhibition, comprising forty photographs by Sheikh, is on loan from the Princeton Museum of Art.

Fazal Sheikh has worked as a photographer since graduating from Princeton University in 1987. Primarily through portraits, he brings attention to marginalized peoples and groups around the world. His other projects include Ladli, A Camel for the Son, and Ramadan Moon. He has won numerous awards including the Henri Cartier-Bresson International Grand Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Krishna: Lord of Vrindavan

CLOSING November 30, 2014

A companion exhibition to Moksha: Photography by Fazal Sheikh, Krishna: Lord of Vrindavan explores the Hindu god Krishna through sacred and secular artworks, dating from the 11th century to the 20th, from the Museum’s Asian art collection. Krishna promised followers that through bhakti (devotion) to him, one could gain moksha (salvation). The exhibition will be presented in the Museum’s Emma Eccles Jones Education Gallery.

New Narratives: Recent Work by U of U Art Faculty
On view through January 11, 2015
This triennial exhibition showcases the newest work by the University of Utah’s Department of Art and Design faculty and celebrates the working artists who inspire the community through their creative output and their teaching.

salt 10: Conrad Bakker
On view through February 8, 2015
Conrad Bakker makes imprecise, to-scale replicas of objects like books, photographs, chairs, and motorcycles out of wood and paint to investigate the creation of value and economic systems. Often inserting his handmade facsimiles into the commercial realms of their real commodity counterparts, Bakker circumvents the art market, challenges postmodern perceptions of authorship and authenticity, and questions the distinction between originality and appropriation.

Tony Feher
On view through December 31, 2015
American sculptor Tony Feher has been changing the way we see the world for the past three decades. With a hyper-awareness of the formal qualities of everyday objects—bottles, tape, plastic bags—Feher turns unconsidered, often-discarded materials into poetic sculptures and elegant installations. For this exhibition, the UMFA has invited Feher to help us re-imagine the architecture of our Great Hall with a brand new site-determined installation.

**Exhibition dates are subject to change.


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