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Utah Art Museums

Nuchu: Voices of the Ute People

Nuchu-Voices-of-the-Ute-People,-Native-American,-Museum-of-Peoples-and-Culture,-BYUThe BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures is pleased to announce their newest exhibit, “Nuchu: Voices of the Ute People.”

The exhibit celebrates the rich heritage of the Ute throughout northeastern Utah, including Utah Valley. In the exhibit, their voices tell the story of their vibrant history and life.

The exhibit contains items collected around the Vernal area of Utah during the 1930s and 1940s. The text and labels for this exhibit are taken from interviews with Ute tribal members over the past 15 years, providing an opportunity to hear how the Ute view the items and their own heritage. Helping to fulfil the MPC’s mission to train future museum professionals, “students have combed through hours of interviews and texts, collaborated on the design of the galleries, and built the displays,” Kari Nelson, curator of education, said.

Museum of Peoples and Cultures
Brigham Young University
700 North 100 East, Provo, Utah
(801) 422-0020

Africa: Arts of a Continent

Sarcophagus, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Africa: Arts of a Continent, Salt Lake City, utah,This ambitious exhibition of African art objects drawn from the UMFA’s permanent collection centers on themes of the spirit world and afterlife.

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 debuts of one of the UMFA’s newest acquisitions: a late XXVIth Dynasty Egyptian sarcophagus.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Marcia & John Price Museum Building · University of Utah

410 Campus Center Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0360 (801) 581-7332

Wide-Open Spaces Art Exhibit

ENDLESS HORIZONS

Vast, flat, almost empty expanses of desert plains and highland plateaus are distinctive elements of the Southwestern landscape. Many regional artists attempted to portray this quality of almost infinite space by emphasizing unbroken horizontal lines across their compositions. While more traditional landscape paintings often include clumps of trees on both sides of the canvas to frame the view and create a sense of completeness, the paintings in this gallery dispense with those framing elements to create a sense of incompleteness—a feeling that the scene extends far beyond the frame.

TOWERING MOUNTAINS

Have you ever taken a snapshot of an awe-inspiring mountain only to find it looking small and insignificant in your picture? How is it possible to capture its size and grandeur in a small image? Paintings in this gallery show how some Southwestern artists met this challenge by crowding the canvas and cropping the view. In some cases, a mountain peak almost grazes the top of the painting, and in others the sheer face of a cliff fills most of the background, leaving only a small patch of sky. These approaches imply that the subject is just too large to fit inside the frame.

Brigham Young University Museum of Art
500 Campus Dr. Provo, UT 84602  (801) 422-8287

Utah Museum of Fine Arts Free Saturday

Lady with an Ermine, Leonardo da VinciThanks 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 learn about art and investigate how it is made through a special activity.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Marcia & John Price Museum Building · University of Utah
410 Campus Center Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0360 (801) 581-7332

Museum of Peoples and Cultures

Art, Culture, Museum, Provo, Utah, BYU, Utah County, Brigham Young UniversityThe MPC is Brigham Young University’s archaeological and anthropological museum. The University now has four museums – the Paleontology museum, the Museum of Art, the Bean Life Science Museum, and the Museum of Peoples and Cultures (MPC).

Allen Hall was built in the late 1930s as a men’s dormitory. During World War II it became women’s housing. In the 1960s the building was adapted for use as a Language Training Mission (a pre-cursor to the MTC). This varied history is evident in the structure of the building. The galleries are located in what used to be the common and dining rooms when the building was student housing. The classroom was the kitchen, and the majority of offices were dorm rooms. The museum has occupied the building since 1981.

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Museum of Peoples and Cultures
Brigham Young University
700 North 100 East
Provo, Utah  (801) 422-0020