NOV 2016 | The DISTANCE Issue

IMMEDIATE RELEASE | NOV 2, 2016

 

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Fish Needs a Bicycle
UMOCA's Fall/Winter Programming Series
"A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." -Irina Dunn.
Fish Needs a Bicycle is UMOCA's fall/winter programming series which expands on the museum's current exhibition goals of promoting the work of women artists and highlighting gender inequality in a variety of ways. Via film, storytelling, panel talks and lectures, Fish Needs a Bicycle explores nuanced corners of equality and feminism and celebrates uplifting examples of women who have succeeded despite dominant cultural pressures. 
Beneath the Surface 
NOV 10 | 7 PM
 

The first panel in this series will be Beneath the Surface: Complicating Progressive Narratives of Womanhoodon November 10. Inspired by the ideas and concepts driving UMOCA's current exhibit, Work in Progress, four panelists have come together to dig beneath the surface of a mainstream feminist narrative and explore what equality means for those who are less visible and valued as members of a gender liberation movement. Panelists will challenge simplified ideas of progress and reveal intricacies of their lived experiences. This panel is free to attend. 
Meet the Panelists:  
Beneath the Surface
Gabriella Blanchard is the Coordinator of Education and Outreach at the University of Utah's LGBT Resource Center. She has a passion for social justice, social healing, trauma-informed community building, and centering femmes. She is an idealist committed to justice work. 
Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Yasin Fairley (Ya-Ya) is a recent MFA graduate in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. They currently teach Gender Studies / African-American Studies at the University of Utah, while also pursuing freelance work as an independent performance artist and social justice advocate. 
Kathy Zhou is a recent Public Policy graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where her writing and studies revolved around the intersection of the arts and social justice as well as race and representation. Zhou has continued to work and write with a commitment to contemporary art and community. They worked at UMOCA and freelanced as an arts and culture writer before taking on her current role as Editorial Assistant at SLUG Magazine.
Gabriella Huggins is the Community Programs Mentor at Spy Hop Productions, a local non-profit mentoring youth in digital media arts. A Salt Lake City native, Gabriella has long been passionate about combatting social and political injustice, and hopes to organize locally around youth incarceration, environmental racism and food justice. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Modern Dance at the University of Utah. 
Upcoming  
Fish Needs a Bicycle Events
  • NOV 17 | Protofeminism and Other Myths, talk
  • DEC 6 | Motley's Law, film screening
  • DEC 8 | Wendy Chamberlin: Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, talk
  • JAN 13 | The Bee, Work in Progress, curated storytelling night
 
About the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been an award-winning aesthetic force and community leader since it was established in 1931. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, UMOCA encourages exploration into what it means to exist in today's world through art that inspires imagination, stimulates thought, and transforms society. The Museum connects people around the contemporary art practice of Utah and beyond to shape an engaged and thoughtful global citizenry. UMOCA strives to be a place where all points of view, experiences, and ages feel welcome to explore the pressing issues of our time through socially relevant art exhibitions and programming.
 
UMOCA is a five-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and is a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts' Art Works grant award.
 
UMOCA is a 501c3 institution that is supported by public, foundation, and corporate gifts. Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated, and admission is a suggested $5 donation. 

Thank You to Fish Needs a Bicycle Supporters: 
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
 
 
 

 

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