UMFA to hold community events in nearby venues during remodel

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts may be closed for remodeling, but they still have a calendar full of thought-provoking events for the community. Throughout the month of November, the museum is helping host films and artist talks on the University of Utah campus and downtown, helping promote art in Salt Lake City until they reopen in 2017.

Wednesday, November 9 features “Understanding Transgender: A Discussion of Identity, Art and Politics” at the Salt Lake City Main Public Library. A panel comprised of gender studies scholars, museum curators, resource center coordinators and professors will be discussing the media’s new focus on transgender issues and what this means for their understanding and acceptance. The community is invited to come as they begin serving refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and stay for the public forum at 7 p.m., which will explore the root of public confusion and help answer questions through art, history and culture.

The following week on Wednesday, November 16, the museum is co-presenting the film Eva Hesse with the Utah Film Center. Best known for Ringaround Arosie and Hang Up, Eva Hesse was a pioneer of the postminimal art movement. Dozens of new interviews, high-quality footage of Hesse’s artwork and newly discovered archival imagery gives viewers a new look into the artist’s life and inspirations. The screening is free for the public at the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium and begins at 7 p.m.

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season on Saturday, November 19 with monthly “Third Saturday for Families.” Located at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex, families are encouraged to participate in free printmaking. Beginning at 1 p.m., children can come create their own print with a leaf stamp and personalize their a family tree with the names of their relatives.

More events can be found on their website for the months of November and December. To get out of the cold and to stimulate some thinking or just some fun, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts is still providing interesting content even as the dust flies.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is dedicated to “inspire critical dialogue and illuminate the role of art in our lives,” according to their mission statement. Situated on the expansive University of Utah campus, the museum is currently updating their insulation and vapor barrier systems to protect the building and the art stored inside. If you are hungry after the fun, the Museum Café has reopened ahead of the galleries, which will open August 26-27, 2017.


-Brieanna Olds

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