Newsletter: UMOCA August 2016

THE STRUCTURE ISSUE
Here at UMOCA, we believe our role in society extends far beyond our framework and the artwork displayed within our walls. As a contemporary art establishment, it is our belief that we must continuously and relentlessly explore our institutional definition in order to better serve our community. This August, as you examine the objectivity in sculpture, we invite you to also postulate the existence of a museum outlying its physical space, and what being contemporary means to you.

 
F E A T U R E D  C O V E R  A R T
House What is Your Crime?
Leeza Meksin, 2014. Presented by Regina Rex at the Knockdown Center in Queens, NY.
Interdisciplinary artist Leeza Meksin explores relationships between buildings, bodies, and paintings, and asks what happens to large inanimate objects when they get dressed up in architectural drag? She extends this question of gender to straight lines, durable materials, and rectilinear orifices of painting and architecture. For this exhibition, Meksin is creating two site-specific installations-one exterior and one interior-both of which are inspired by the prominent structures of Salt Lake City's Temple Square. 
Leeza Meksin is one of six sculptors in the upcoming Main Gallery exhibition Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art. Join us for a walk-through with the artist August 26, 6 PM. 

N O T E  F R O M  T H E  E D I T O R
 
THE STRUCTURE ISSUE
Here at UMOCA, we believe our role in society extends far beyond our framework and the artwork displayed within our walls. As a contemporary art establishment, it is our belief that we must continuously and relentlessly explore our institutional definition in order to better serve our community. This August, as you examine the objectivity in sculpture, we invite you to also postulate the existence of a museum outlying its physical space, and what being contemporary means to you.
OBJECT[ED]
 
Caitlin Cherry, Mute City, Big Blue, Port Town, 2016. Image courtesy of the Artist.
 
This exhibition brings together the work of six sculptors who reframe and expand notions of dimensionality. 
 
Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art seeks to explore standard notions of dimension as a language used by visual artists to simultaneously defy and celebrate traditional systems of structure. The artists featured in this exhibition derive dimension from a variety of mediums including, but not restricted to a piece's obvious physicality. In Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art, the separation between planar and geometric objects can be as simple as a pencil marking, or as complex as historical, political, and personal references in time. By reevaluating these definitions, the viewer is transported between realms of painting and sculpture, objectivity and subjectivity, as well as production and consumption through clever artistic observations and their adept actualizations. 
MAIN GALLERY: AUG 26 - DEC 17
OPENING RECEPTION: AUG 26 | 7-9 PM
 
FORMING NEW & OLD SPACES
Cara Krebs: Sehnsucht
Andrew Rice: (re)Structured
Cara Krebs takes an earnest, celebratory approach to desire and wonder. Her work mingles fantasy and sensually indulgent material with that of the mundane in installations, paintings, and hybrids of media that examine location between worlds, transporting her audience to physical spaces and abstract realms, both real or imagined. 
A-I-R SPACE: AUG 26 - DEC 17
OPENING RECEPTION: AUG 26 | 7-9 PM
Artist Andrew Rice works with oil sticks to create a surface with history by approaching the process from a print-making perspective. His methodical, step-by-step approach produces work rich in narrative texture and expository substance, taking the viewer on a journey through the artist's systematic movement. 
PROJECTS GALLERY: AUG 12 - OCT 8
OPENING RECEPTION: AUG 26 | 7-9 PM 
BERNA REALE: SINGING IN THE RAIN
Cantando na chuva, 2014. Image courtesy of the Artist.
Video and performance artist Berna Reale exposes habituated realities in Brazil's contemporary society with acts that infiltrate the relentless urban routines of Belém, the largest city and capital of the northern Brazilian state of Pará.

Through pointed humor, satirical characters, and striking colors, Reale's performances in the videos Cantando Na Chuva (Singing in the Rain) (2014), Palomo (2012), and Untitled (2011) investigate current social conflicts involving issues of criminal justice, capitalism, and gender inequality.
Reale's work depicts a different Brazilian reality that is often substituted for tropical imagery and samba dancers, provoking audiences to consider the social conflicts in Brazil and to recognize the universal nature of such issues in their own lives.
MORE THAN WHITE WALLS
MAKE OR BREAK YOUR MOLD
 
Let UMOCA break you away from the structure of routine and aid you in your next step forward. Much more than our curated walls, here at UMOCA, we offer a diverse array of educational and outreach programs, and we need your participation in order to facilitate the change we wish to see in the world. Become more involved in the arts and in your community by volunteering at one of our upcoming events, or scheduling an Art Truck visit to your local school. Explore door-opening opportunities available through our internship and artist-in-residency programs.The possibilities are endless, and who knows, maybe your next big thing is right here with us.
SENSE/ABILITY TOUR
 
Upcoming the last Saturday of this month, UMOCA will be hosting another SENSE/ABILITY tour created in collaboration with Easy to Love, Hard to Raise, a parents' support group for children along the spectrum. As part of our vision to transcend our physical boundaries and strengthen our community, SENSE/ABILITY aims to foster an accepting and understanding museum environment, in which sensory-sensitive children and their families will feel comfortable and included where they may not have otherwise.
AUG 27 | 10 AM
To join us for our next tour please RSVP toJared.Steffensen@utahmoca.org
SPOTLIGHT
D O N O R  S P O T L I G H T 
Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation
For 45 years, the Dee Foundation has made countless contributions to charitable organizations that enhance the quality of life in our city. The Foundation has a long history of serving their community through grants for the arts, education, health care and more and through involvement in many community organizations and boards. They have supported UMOCA's exhibitions and educational programming for over 15 years. 
Thank you for your dedication to the arts, UMOCA, and our city.
A R T  S H O P
 
Curated Collections
 
Locally crafted and brought to you by the Art Shop at UMOCA, the unique items featured in our store help to build a sense of community among our supporters and artists in the greater Salt Lake City region. From the growing family, to the die-hard independent, the Art Shop is sure to have something for everyone.
 
1.     Joshua Flicker, Ceramic Bowl: $165
2.     Whitney Bushman, Print: $40
3.     Do It, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artbook: $35
4.     Annika Quinn, Bracelet: $25, 
        Rings: $75-$85 
 
 
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS
 
The Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts
 
 
 
Zeke Dumke, IV 
and 
Analecia Dumke
Thank you to all of our supporters for making our programming possible.
THANK YOU MEDIA SPONSORS
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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