In the artist conversation for the just-opened salt 7 show at the Utah Museum of Fine Art, Whitney Tassie seems relaxed and at home. Tassie is the new Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the UMFA, and the work she’s chosen for her inaugural offering to Utah is a body of work that provides numerous complex angles to consider. Whitney Tassie fields the multiple facets of the work with a casual deftness that attests to the hours of scholarship that have gone into examining the work, as well as an easiness born of years immersed in the convoluted landscape of contemporary art. Tassie has only been at the UMFA since last August but already she is fully engaged with Utah and is bringing in first-rate national programming—as evidenced in the newest salt show.
For the March 2013 edition of 15 Bytes, Amie Tullius sat down with curator Whitney Tassie to discuss life in Utah and her first exhibit at the UMFA, featuring Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.