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Utah Museum of Fine Arts June 2015 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.

Third Saturday for Families: Painting Clay Plates
June 20 | 1–4 pm | FREE
The UMFA has a beautiful collection of Mesoamerican art. Explore the Museum’s Mayan pottery and find inspiration in the interesting patterns and writing to paint your own clay plate.

Lecture & Film Screening with Director Alex Rivera
Wednesday, June 24 | FREE
Lecture, 5:45 pm | Sleep Dealer screening, 7 pm
Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA)

Filmmaker Alex Rivera has been telling new, urgent and visually adventurous Latino stories for the past fifteen years. Sleep Dealer (2008), his first feature, is a Sundance award-winning science-fiction film that carries embedded in it profound political and economic critiques. It’s the perfect conversation-starter for discussions about issues as diverse as labor and immigration, technology and ethics, and globalization and the environment.

Rivera’s lecture and screening are presented in conjunction with Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, a Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition on view at the UMFA through June 28. Attendees will receive free admission to the exhibition from 4:45-5:45 pm.

This film is presented as part of the UMFA’s Summer Film Series: Creativity in Focus, co-presented with the Utah Film Center. Additional support provided by CUAC and Modern West Fine Art.

Utah Arts Festival
June 25–28, 2015
Join the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the Children’s Art Yard at the Utah Arts Festival at Library Square. We will be exploring Egyptian art and learning about this ancient culture.

Summer Class | Wordplay (Ages 10–13)
June 29–July 2 | 10 am–12:30 pm
Come explore the intersection between art and language at the UMFA. We’ll learn and play together with some of the ideas surrounding [con]text, an exhibition of language in art. You will experiment with writing and text to infuse more meaning into creating art from a variety of mediums. Register through Youth Education at the University of Utah: or 801.581.6461.


Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
CLOSING June 28, 2015
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s pioneering collection of Latino art. It explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by Altria Group, the Honorable Aida M. Alvarez; Judah Best, The James F. Dicke Family Endowment, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Tania and Tom Evans, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, The Michael A. and the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello Endowment, Henry R. Muñoz III, Wells Fargo and Zions Bank. Additional significant support was provided by The Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Support for Treasures to Go, the museum’s traveling exhibition program, comes from The C.F. Foundation, Atlanta.

On view through July 26, 2015
The presence of text in art has greatly increased in the modern era, but the relationship of language and visual art have a much longer history. [con]text examines this history as represented in the UMFA’s permanent collection. From an ancient Egyptian wall relief to medieval illuminated manuscripts to the contemporary practices of John Cage, Bruce Nauman, and Willie Cole, this exhibition looks at the way visual artists have harnessed the power of language to communicate, relate, entice, advocate and illuminate. [con]text also explores how language itself constantly evolves, leading to both the loss and creation of meaning.

salt 11: Duane Linklater
On view through August 2, 2015
The eleventh edition of the salt series features new work by Duane Linklater, a Canada-based multimedia artist of Native American heritage. Through installation, performance, film, photography, and other media, Linklater studies the migration and exchange of ideas, language, and memory and reveals many inconsistencies in knowledge and history. He often works collaboratively and appropriates liberally, challenging modern perceptions of authorship and authenticity. Through his salt exhibition, Linklater will directly engage the UMFA’s permanent collection to explore physical and conceptual processes of translation and the cultural information that is lost therein.

Tony Feher, They arrived yesterday, dusty and weary from the journey, but in good spirits.
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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