UMFA Events | January 2017









— Emma Ryder, 801.581.9880
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While UMFA galleries remain closed for remodeling, the Museum is hosting films and artist talks in our Dumke Auditorium, and The Museum Café and Museum Store are open for business Monday through Friday.


Meanwhile, many educational programs continue elsewhere on campus and in the community, including our popular Third Saturdays for Families programs, which continues at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex, Art Works for Kids Auditorium, located just steps away from the UMFA on the University of Utah campus.


UMFA galleries will reopen the weekend of August 26–27, 2017.


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ACME | Community Dance Mashup

Wednesday, January 11 | 7 pm

Salt Lake City Public Library, Marmalade Branch

Utah schools are rich with opportunities to create, perform, and observe dance. But do the concert dance forms most often taught in public schools, like ballet and modern, reflect the cultural forms practiced in our homes and social spaces? How can we integrate these forms and create an educational resource that enlightens our understanding of the diverse communities where we live and work?


This public forum brings a mix of dance styles into dialogue with one another. Session leaders will guide interactive exercises—no matter your ability or experience—to help us understand dance as a potent form of self-expression and cultural identity.




Third Saturday for Families | Woven Rugs

Saturday, January 21 | 1–4 pm | FREE

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex, Art Works for Kids Auditorium

The rich colors and patterns of UMFA’s Navajo rug collection will inspire the design of your own mini rug. You can even take home a mini loom to weave more works of art.


ARTLandish | There’s No Place Like Time

Tuesday, January 31 | 7 pm | FREE

Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium

Collaborative artists Lance and Andi Olsen present There's No Place Like Time, a novel you can walk through—an interplay of videos, texts, objects, and interventions. The work takes the form of a real retrospective of videos dedicated to the career of Alana Olsen, one of America's most overlooked experimental video artists who never existed. Alana’s life began as a fictional character in Lance Olsen’s novel Theories of Forgetting (2014)—based on Robert Smithson’s earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970)—and becomes a three-dimensional reality through this multimodal installation. The collaboration explores the relationship between the visual and the verbal as it redefines the page, the novel, and gallery space.


ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment is sponsored by the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and presented in partnership with the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts and J. Willard Marriott Library, and the Salt Lake City Public Library. 




The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is located on the University of Utah campus in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at 410 Campus Center Drive. The UMFA's mission is to inspire critical dialogue and illuminate the role of art in our lives. For more information call (801) 581-7332 or visit

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