Margaret Curtis: This, too. is on view in the Street Gallery through November 9, 2024

In Memory

Jul 5, 2024 – Feb 22, 2025

Do Ho Suh, Lighting Fixtures, New York Studio & Corridors, Seoul Home, Berlin Home, Providence Home, 2019, polyester fabric, 47.76 x 66.54 x 8.46 inches, 121.3 x 169 x 21.5 cm, © Do Ho Suh. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Seoul, and London.

Opening Reception Friday, July 12, 6–9 pm. Use form below to register for this free event!

“…where we were, that valley we ran through, what the banks were like, the light that was there and the route back to our original place,” said author Toni Morrison, “it is emotional memory—what the nerves and the skin remember as well as how it appeared.”

The exhibition offers an in-depth and layered meditation on the many angles of what it means to remember and includes the work of 21 artists using a variety of mediums. The stories we tell ourselves about the past, shape who we are on every level, powerfully existing in both mind and body. A small breeze, a smell, an old snapshot, a few notes of a sound can vividly and inexplicably transport the mind from the present to a compelling and fully reconstructed past world. From the artifact to the archive, these archeological objects are meaning-ladened visual clues that stand in for a vast panorama of lives lived.

And yet, despite our deepest desire to hold on to the past, memories are ephemeral, subjective, malleable, and fleeting. To remember is not a clear and concrete act where one simply conjures an intact data-file. Rather, the very act of remembering is to corrupt the memory itself, to constantly remake it.

In this sense, remembering is a creative act.

Roughly organized around three central themes—the document, the remnant, and the ghost—IN MEMORY explores the deep human need not only to tightly cling to our stories and experiences, but also the way—despite our most deliberate efforts to hold and record—our histories, at least in fragment, inevitably scatter and fade.

Participating Artists

Edgar Arceneaux; Hannah Baer; Edward Bateman; Rebecca Campbell; Cara Despain; Angela Ellsworth; Ryan Habermeyer; Emily Hawkins; Julia Jacquette; William Kentridge; René Magritte; Ana Mendieta; Leah Moses; Oscar Muñoz; Helga Landauer Olshvang; Daisy Paton; Dario Robleto; Dalila Sanabria; Michael Scoggins; Do Ho Suh; Mike Womack


“…dónde estábamos, el valle que recorrimos, cómo eran las orillas, la luz que había allí y la ruta de regreso a nuestro lugar original,” dijo la autora Toni Morrison, “es memoria emocional: lo que recuerdan los nervios y la piel, además de cómo apareció.”

La exhibición ofrece una meditación profunda y compleja sobre los múltiples ángulos de lo que significa recordar e incluye a 21 artistas trabajando en una variedad de medios. Las historias que nos contamos sobre nuestro pasado conforman lo que somos a todo nivel, existiendo poderosamente tanto en la mente como en el cuerpo. Una pequeña brisa, un olor, algunas notas de un sonido pueden transportar vívida e inexplicablemente la mente del presente a un mundo pasado convincente y completamente reconstruido. Desde el artefacto hasta el archivo, estos objetos arqueológicos son pistas visuales cargadas de significado que representan un vasto panorama de vidas vividas.

A pesar de nuestro deseo más profundo de aferrarnos al pasado, los recuerdos son efímeros, subjetivos, transitorios y fugaces. Recordar no es un acto claro y concreto donde simplemente se evoca un archivo de datos intacto. Más bien, el mismo acto de recordar es corromper la memoria misma, recreándola constantemente cada vez.

En este sentido, recordar es un acto creativo.

Organizada de manera general en torno a tres temas centrales: el documento, el vestigio y el fantasma, EN MEMORIA explora la profunda necesidad humana no solo de aferrarse estrechamente a nuestras historias y experiencias sino también la forma en que, a pesar de nuestros esfuerzos más obsesivos por conservar y registrar, nuestras historias, al menos en fragmentos, inevitablemente se dispersan y desvanecen.

Supported by ZAP, Art Bridges Foundation, Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation, Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Humanities