Installation photograph, Our Wake Up Call For Freedoms, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Jan 21–Jun 4, 2022, photo © UMOCA

Past Exhibitions

2021 Exhibitions

Tiana Birrell: the weight of a cloud

Oct 29, 2021 – Dec 30, 2021

In the weight of a cloud, Birrell uses video and image-based work to linguistically separate the language of a physical, ethereal cloud and digital storage. Although the name suggests a floating, ephemeral,…

Niko Krivanek: Dear Sally, Love Mom

Oct 23, 2021 – Dec 30, 2021

As that claustrophobic unit, the nuclear family, was being carved out of a much larger family aggregate, photography came along to memorialize, to restate symbolically, the imperiled continuity and vanishing…

ALL WALL: Contemporary Utah Muralists + UMOCA

Aug 6, 2021 – Dec 30, 2021

Working with Utah-based artists or artist collectives, All Wall explores the cultural heritage of public art in our state, bringing together artists with varying ideas and aesthetics to create a…

Nick Pedersen: Slow Apocalypse

Oct 29, 2021 – Dec 30, 2021

We stumble forward in hopeful chaos, trusting that the light on the horizon is the dawn and not the twilight.” – E.O. Wilson Through an intricate combination of photography, digital…

Yoriko Mizushiri: A Gentle Touch

Aug 6, 2021 – Dec 30, 2021

A Gentle Touch is a collection of two short films, Kamakura and Maku, from Yoriko Mizushiri. Her hand-drawn animations use surrealist poetics rather than narrative to explore sensuality, fetish, and melancholy. Each film uses dreamlike…

2021 Doctorow Prize Winner: Genesis Jerez

Sep 24, 2021 – Dec 30, 2021

Using old photos, xerox transfers, charcoal, and paint on raw unstretched linen canvas, Genesis Jerez reconstructs domestic environments through collage that feel both familiar and uncanny. A graduate of the…

Jiyoun Lee-Lodge Waterman: Changing I

Aug 6, 2021 – Oct 23, 2021

“I cannot go out, so I sit in the room. The window that I access the world through is my phone screen, which also confines me. The information I see…

Daniel George: Marrow

Aug 6, 2021 – Oct 23, 2021

Marrow examines the culinary and cultural heritage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These stereotypical recipes capture the values, cultures, and traditions of a particular people, living…

M.M. Murdock: Welcome to the Wigglestick

Aug 6, 2021 – Oct 16, 2021

The Wigglestick Pretend Co. is an imaginary skateboard company, fictional storefront, and ongoing art project created by the artist M.M. Murdock, and started as an homage to, what Murdock describes as,…

UMOCA: Contemporary Since 1931

Aug 6, 2021 – Sep 11, 2021

From its very start, UMOCA has been resolutely, tirelessly contemporary since 1931, a clear and independent voice, committed to some of the most pressing issues of its day. While many…

Jorge Rojas: Corn Mandala: Flower of Life

Jun 4, 2021 – Jul 31, 2021

Corn Mandala: Flower of Life is part of an ongoing series of performances and artworks focused on corn, titled Gente de Maiz. Through this body of work, Rojas examines the importance of…

Allison Schulnik: Mound

Feb 24, 2021 – Jul 17, 2021

Allison Schulnik’s Mound is a series of paintings brought to life through simple materials and stop-motion animation techniques. Constantly in a state of flux, Schulnik’s crudely rendered figures writhe, morph,…

Yujin Kang: Mountainous

May 28, 2021 – Jul 10, 2021

Yujin Kang’s UMOCA Artist-in-Residence capstone project Mountainous is an ambitious exhibition with three distinct bodies of work. Overall, the three individual projects examine our understanding of the landscape—particularly the mountain…

Annelise Duque: Remember Them Alive

May 28, 2021 – Jul 10, 2021

Remember Them Alive is a series of staged tableaux where a young woman is repeatedly swarmed by reappearing hands that reach, intimidate, and console.    The photographs, arranged as a mise en…

Baggage: Alex Caldiero In Retrospect

Feb 24, 2021 – Jun 19, 2021

For me, making language is a function of my organism. . .and yet, in reality there is only one medium: the body, with all the resources for sensation, perception, and…

Material Issues: Strategies in 21st Century Craft

Nov 1, 2020 – Jun 1, 2021

Material Issues: Strategies in 21st Century Craft explores the use of craft-based materials, processes, and aesthetics. Unjustly, objects using craft-based techniques have typically been dismissed as “women’s work,” “folkish,” or…

Horacio Rodriguez: Radicalized Relics

Feb 24, 2021 – May 29, 2021

Radicalized Relics is a collaboration across centuries between Horacio Rodriguez and pre-Columbian Indigenous artisans from Mexico, whose artifacts form the basis of this exhibition. His practice also takes inspiration from…

Dimitri Kozyrev: After Palekh

Apr 16, 2021 – May 22, 2021

Dimitri Kozyrev’s work deals with the human struggle to manage change. Change is sometimes subtle, like aging or erosion, but the shattering and sudden changes of the past 18 months…

Joshua Graham: Walking In Place

Apr 16, 2021 – May 22, 2021

Walking In Place is a site-specific installation consisting of found objects, strange artifacts, and other ephemera collected while in residence at the museum. The work on display reflects Joshua’s commitment…

Zachary Norman: This Storm is What We Call Progress

Feb 24, 2021 – Apr 10, 2021

THIS STORM IS WHAT WE CALL PROGRESS is a six-channel video, part of a larger body of work, in which artist-in-residence Zachary Norman explores the profound environmental, social, and cultural…