Utah Museum of Fine Arts Announces February 2012 Exhibitions and Events

. January 25, 2012 . 0 Comments

Georges Rouault: Circus of the Shooting Star
February 3 – May 13, 2012
Artist Georges Rouault was fascinated by the circus, a world where superficial brightness was underscored by overwhelming sadness. The images in his portfolio of etchings, Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Star), demonstrate Rouault’s attempt to strip away the spangles of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.” On loan to the UMFA from the Syracuse University Art Galleries, this exhibition comprises color etchings that introduce the portfolio and wood engravings illustrating Rouault’s text. The Circus of the Shooting Star exhibition will be accompanied by a fun-filled family guide, in-gallery puppet theater, a film series and special art-making events for kids and parents.

At Work: Prints from the Great Depression
February 10 – May 6, 2012
What is the place of labor in our lives? Organized in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Basso, Assistant Professor of History and Gender Studies and Director of the American West Center at the University of Utah, this exhibition features Depression-era prints focusing on men and women and work. At Work explores the role of working artists during one of America’s most trying eras, and tells the compelling story of life and labor during the Great Depression through prints by Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Herschel Levit, Riva Helfond and dozens of other artists. The exhibition features selections from the collection of Mrs. Marcia Price and Ambassador John Price. At Work will be accompanied by a film series and art-making activities for families.

The Faculty Show: Recent Work by The University of Utah Art Faculty
February 17 – May 6, 2012
The UMFA is pleased to present an exhibition of artwork by the University of Utah Department of Art faculty. New works by tenured, tenure-track, and adjunct faculty artists will be on view in the Museum’s Great Hall and first-floor galleries. The exhibition reflects current trends in contemporary art, as well as traditional practices in a variety of media, including: ceramics, painting and drawing, sculpture, photography and digital imaging, printmaking, installation, and new media. Visitors to The Faculty Show are encouraged to attend a series of three gallery talks by featured artists.


Highlights of the Collection Tour
6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month and 1:30 p.m. on all Saturdays and Sundays • FREE with general museum admission
Experience the UMFA galleries through a thirty-minute tour with a docent. No pre-registration necessary.

Anthropology Tour and Film Series
5:30 p.m. on February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 • FREE admission
The UMFA and U of U Anthropology Department are pleased to present five free screenings of films from around the world. Each film highlights themes in anthropology and connects to artworks on display at the UMFA. More information at www.anthro.utah.edu. The films include:

February 1: Kundun (American), 1997, rated PG-13
February 8: Captain Abu Raed (Jordan), 2007, not rated
February 15: Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (Canada), 2001, rated R
February 22: Creation (United Kingdom), 2009, rated PG-13
February 29: Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain) (Spanish), 2010, not rated

Art of the Circus Family Celebration
1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18 • FREE admission
Artists and jugglers and circus balloons, oh my! Join in the fun as the UMFA celebrates the new Georges Rouault: Circus of the Shooting Star exhibition with a circus-themed art event just for families. Enjoy a treasure hunt, face-painting, art activities and more. Funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks fund.

The Faculty Show Gallery Talk
12:00 p.m. on February 24 • FREE with general admission
Meet talented University of Utah faculty artists and learn about their work during this reception held in conjunction with The Faculty Show exhibition.

At Work Film Series: Pare Lorentz: Documentaries from the 1930s
2:00 p.m. on February 25 • FREE admission
Pare Lorentz was a well-known film critic before he directed and wrote documentaries in the 1930s for the Roosevelt administration. His films about the Dust Bowl, clear-cutting, and other environmental issues garnered critical acclaim. This film series is presented in conjunction with the At Work exhibition.


salt 4: Xaviera Simmons
On view through February 26, 2012
salt 4: Xaviera Simmons is the fourth in the Museum’s series of exhibitions featuring innovative art from around the world. Through photography, installation, and performance, New York-based artist Xaviera Simmons constructs multivalent narratives of collective and personal histories. Her work often references traditions of American landscape painting, exploring depictions of the individual in nature. salt 4: Xaviera Simmons features a series of photographs, as well as a sculptural installation made of hand-lettered, locally found wooden scraps affixed directly to the gallery wall. This tangled matrix of text gleaned from notes, news articles, folklore, and literature forms its own kind of lyrical landscape, one imbued with historical and personal memory.

Res Mortis: Matters of Death
Now on View
Experience the UMFA’s ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman collection in its new home on the second floor. The Egyptian gallery features the 26th dynasty anthropoid coffin of Padiusir (a visitor favorite), along with other intriguing objects that explore the economic sacrifices of preparing for the afterlife. The revitalized Greek and Roman gallery highlights the UMFA’s recently conserved Apulian funerary amphora and the marble sarcophagus of a young Roman nobleman.

**Exhibition dates are subject to change.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
University of Utah
Marcia & John Price Museum Building
410 Campus Center Dr
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
(801) 581-7332

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