This ambitious exhibition of African art objects drawn from the UMFA’s permanent collection centers on themes of the spirit world and theafterlife.
Africa: Arts of a Continent explores the spiritual and political power of Central African masks, the magic and mystery of ancestral African sculptures, and the enduring beauty of African objects used in everyday life. The installation debutsone of the UMFA’s newest acquisitions: a late XXVIth Dynasty Egyptian sarcophagus.
Thanks to the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Fund, the UMFA opens its doors for free on the third Saturday of each month. The Third Saturday art studio program for families is also FREE and open to the public every month from 2-4 pm.
Each month families are invited to learn about art and investigate how it is made through a special activity.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is Utah’s primary cultural resource for global visual arts. It is unique in its dual role as a university and state art museum. It is Utah’s only visual arts institution that collects, exhibits, interprets, and preserves a comprehensive collection of original art objects.
Thanks to the generous patrons, local and national foundations, the University community, and the citizens of the State of Utah, the UMFA’s collection now encompasses 5,000 years of artistic creativity. Since the mid-1900s, when the collection was around 800 objects, it has grown to over 17,000 art objects.
Collecting Knowledge: Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity January 27 through May 15, 2011 at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts explores items that were typically found in cabinets of curiosity in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe, including prints, books, scientific instruments, and objects obtained through travel. This exhibition examines the people who created cabinets of curiosity, their strategies for classifying and grouping items, and how they used this knowledge to make sense of their world.
During Fall Semester 2010, four graduate students in the University of Utah Department of Art and Art History gained first-hand knowledge of the work involved in creating an exhibition. The result of their hard work is the exhibition Collecting Knowledge: Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity. The students were advised by Professor Sheila Muller and they worked closely with UMFA staff to complete all necessary steps for curating an exhibition— from developing exhibition themes to selecting the objects; from writing the object label text to planning the exhibition design; and from securing related public programs to creating an effective marketing plan.
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