The Utah Museum of Up to date Artwork, Salt Lake Metropolis // July 28, 2023 – January 06, 2024
A Greater Utah is an formidable survey of artists residing and dealing in Utah in the present day. Curated by six main curators, cultural coordinators, and artists working in a myriad of Utah counties and areas—from the agricultural, to the desert, to the capital–this collaborative curatorial strategy destabilizes the singular voice of a set curatorial observe. Grounded in essentially the most urgent points throughout Utah, the present grants authorship to the six curators to pick work that greatest represents the themes, identities, and artistic practices inside their area.
The exhibition’s different and collective themes discover land use, local weather change, identification, Indigenous rights and practices, language, social change, marginalization, geography, and what it means to be a Utahn in the present day. It captures the transformative demographic, environmental, and cultural shifts taking place inside our state and seeks to assemble and bridge communities on the intersection of artwork, tradition, and geography.
The exhibition offers a website for oft-overlooked geographic and creative facilities, expands narratives and definitions of the native, and cultivates a refrain of Utah voices and views. Grown from conversations between curators and artists, it additionally features as an intimate portrayal of Utah, revealing the under-examined historical past of artwork making throughout the state. Revealing rising practices within the area, the present serves as a snapshot of artwork making in our ever-changing state.
Because the title suggests, Utah is a higher place when these voices, views, and issues are heard as we envision and form the way forward for our collective state.