JEDEDIAH CAESAR ARTIST TALK, UTAH MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m., Free
Every year since forming in 2005, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts' Friends of Contemporary Art group (formerly known as the Young Benefactors) have bought a piece to add to the UMFA's permanent collection. This past November, the group selected a piece by Los Angeles-based artist Jedediah Caesar. The piece has a name I can't even begin to try and pronounce--it's a sculpture called “*|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_”--and on Thursday Caesar will present a free artist talk at the UFMA auditorium to introduce the new addition. Caesar typically works with found materials, fusing the parts into a distinct new object full of layers and capable of being viewed as a whole, or a series of smaller works. The piece will be on display at the UMFA through July.