2010 at the UMFA

Happy New Year! As we move into 2010, we prepare to bid farewell to influential UMFA favorites like Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art and Desert Secrets: Photographs from the Permanent Collection, and look forward to the stellar new exhibitions and programs coming up. Read below to learn more about our exciting exhibition schedule, and check our website for updates. See you in the galleries!

The Continuing Allure: Painters of Utah’s Red Rock
January 14 – June 27, 2010
To love the western landscape is to embrace the subtlety of a vast and mysterious desert terrain. Among the artists who conquered the obstacles of painting Utah’s red rock country were Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, and Conrad Buff, just a few of the notable painters represented in this exhibition.

Pablo O’Higgins: Works on Paper
February 18 – September 19, 2010
This exhibition presents a selection of lithographs by Pablo O’Higgins, focusing on the artist’s heroic depictions of the working class in revolutionary Mexico. Although he is virtually unknown in his home state of Utah, O’Higgins is remembered and celebrated in Mexico as a true artist “of the people.” Born Paul Higgins in 1904, he attended East High School, where he took art classes from painter LeConte Stewart. The young artist was attracted to the vibrant art scene in Mexico and eventually became one of the few Anglo artists welcomed into the Mexican muralist movement.

Las Artes de México: From the Collection of the Gilcrease Museum
May 6 – September 26, 2010
In summer 2010, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts will be all things Mexican art and culture. Las Artes de México is an exhibition that explores the richness of Mexican heritage, from the ancient work of the Mayans and Aztecs through the twentieth century. The exhibition includes a broad array of artifacts such as woven fabrics, masks, and religious objects from Mesoamerica (pre-Conquest Mexico) as well as paintings by modernist masters like Rufino Tamayo, Jose Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera.

salt 1
May 6 – September 26, 2010
Concurrent with Las Artes de México, the UMFA will launch a new series of semiannual exhibitions titled salt, which will showcase work by emerging, international contemporary artists. The first salt exhibition features the work of 31-year-old Adriana Lara, a Mexico City resident who works in a range of formats and media, often creating videos or subtle sculptures made of ephemeral or unusual materials. She is involved in numerous collective projects such as Pazmaker, a zine-like publication, Lasser Moderna, an experimental music band, and “Perros Negros,” an art production office that proposes new platforms for discussion and art making. salt I represents the vital, cutting edge art being made in Mexico today.

Community: Eat, Work, Play
May 6, 2010 – January 9, 2011
Community: Eat, Work, Play is a collaborative exhibition between the UMFA and Lincoln Elementary school. With the help of UMFA educators, first and sixth grade students will create large-scale murals to be installed in the Museum’s education gallery. Each group will take on one aspect of the theme, either eat, work or play, and explore visually how that idea is represented in their community.

Also, don’t miss our full schedule of spring programming, featuring the Middle East Film Series, the African Film Festival, and a Continuing Allure lecture by noted film historian and expert Dr. James D’Arc. For more information about these events visit http://www.umfa.utah.edu/adultprograms.

Happy New Year!

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