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Exhibition Reviews
“Embracing Diverse Voices: A Century of African-American Art” Shares a Common Truth

“Embracing Diverse Voices: A Century of African-American Art” Shares a Common Truth

As the American artist Barbara Januszkiewicz once noted, people need to “be drawn to the visual arts [to] expand [the] imagination.” On the power of art and progress, Januszkiewicz further stated, “creative thinking inspires ideas [and] ideas inspire change.” Embracing Diverse Voices: A Century of African-American Art, now showing at the BYU Museum of Art,...

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David Habben's Be Somewhere is a dance of abstract ink strokes inspired by the University of Utah School of Dance

David Habben’s Be Somewhere is a dance of abstract ink strokes inspired by the University of Utah School of Dance

Enter the quiet Alvin Gittins Gallery in the Art & Art History Building on the University of Utah campus and your eyes are drawn immediately to the right wall. A massive 9’ x 32’ work of art, full of black and gray washes, lines, and squiggles calls for you to look at it. It’s part...

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All Women at Adobe: A new installation of pieces at the Lehi complex is all by female artists

All Women at Adobe: A new installation of pieces at the Lehi complex is all by female artists

I don’t usually think much of exclusionary shows, unless it’s by medium or genre, but it was just International Women’s Day and I trust that the curators at and for Adobe took that into account when they organized this exhibition of strictly female Utah artists. (Did you, Andrew Ehninger?) Except that in this instance there were...

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Breaking Ground: Innovations with clay at the Kimball Art Center

Breaking Ground: Innovations with clay at the Kimball Art Center

Curated by Nancy Stoaks, this is the first exhibition at the Kimball comprised solely of ceramics, and it has a refreshing take on presentation. Each of the artists has worked within their own style, creating a show that is a unique blend of innovation, creativity, and personality. Groundbreaking: Innovations In Clay, is just what it...

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Between Force and Fragility: Lydia Okumura and the gendered nuances of Minimalist sculpture

Between Force and Fragility: Lydia Okumura and the gendered nuances of Minimalist sculpture

Lydia Okumura’s Situations, now on view at Weber State University’s Shaw Gallery, is a breathtaking exhibition that concentrates the artist’s 50-plus-year career in modest but powerful form. In her first exhibition west of the Mississippi, Situations debuts a remarkable assortment of sculptures and works on paper from throughout the artist’s career. The visual magnificence of...

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A Love Letter From Death to Decay: Naomi Marine's drawings and soft sculptures at Finch Lane Gallery

A Love Letter From Death to Decay: Naomi Marine’s drawings and soft sculptures at Finch Lane Gallery

If you reached into your refrigerator and pulled out a carton of plump strawberries, only to find they’re covered in fuzzy, circular patches of fungus, you’d grimace and throw them away, right? You’d hardly examine the tiny, flowering patterns of decay and growth. But fascination with such microscopic details, which show how plush organic material...

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Splitting Mind: Annie Poon explores bipolar disorder through her stop-action film Split House

Splitting Mind: Annie Poon explores bipolar disorder through her stop-action film Split House

Annie Poon’s short film The Split House depicts and reconciles her personal struggle with bipolar disorder. The title comes both from the separated emotional nature that Poon experienced in the treatment of her condition, and the location of Split, Croatia, where she served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints....

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From the Eyes of a Child: Brian McCarty's WAR-TOYS at the Woodbury Museum of Art

From the Eyes of a Child: Brian McCarty’s WAR-TOYS at the Woodbury Museum of Art

No one is as greatly affected by the violence of war as children. The most vulnerable population, children absorb the physical, emotional and psychological traumas of war in unique ways. Brian McCarty’s exhibit WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Strip, at the Woodbury Art Museum through March 16th, approaches this phenomenon from its own unique...

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UMOCA's "The Future Isn't What It Used To Be" takes a look at the present we never imagined

UMOCA’s “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be” takes a look at the present we never imagined

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times . . .” So Charles Dickens celebrated an era that has resonated far too often with human history, but perhaps never more so than it does with the Americas today. In A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens captured a revolutionary era at the...

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Between Where I Was and Here: Clinton Whiting's Home!/? explores the emotional dynamics of foster care

Between Where I Was and Here: Clinton Whiting’s Home!/? explores the emotional dynamics of foster care

Our attention was riveted first by the election. Then, the transition. And now by the new administration. Political engagement in America seems to be surging, with people from both sides of the political spectrum taking to the streets. One wonders, though, if that energy will be turned into more civic and social engagement as well....

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String Theory: Steve Smock turns to his engineering skills for a new body of large-scale paintings at JGO Gallery

String Theory: Steve Smock turns to his engineering skills for a new body of large-scale paintings at JGO Gallery

Originally from a small Midwest town in rural Indiana, Steve Smock moved to Utah for its alluring outdoor adventure and rugged nearby mountains. An avid biker, Smock found a home in Salt Lake City’s cycling scene as a bike technician in various shops around the city. So when Smock, who had always been skilled in...

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Threads on the Margins: Erin Coleman's stains and stitches at The Gallery at Library Square

Threads on the Margins: Erin Coleman’s stains and stitches at The Gallery at Library Square

Long ago relegated to the domestic sphere, embroidery is often seen as a decidedly feminine form of labor. Which is why, taking a renewed interest in practices such as textile work and ceramics, feminist art sought to question society’s often demeaning classifications of such mediums as ”women’s work.“ Salt Lake City artist Erin Coleman has...

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