• DESERT SECRETS & NUCLEAR ENCHANTMENT AT UMFA
Now through Jan. 31, 2010
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Caption: Trevor Paglen, Chemical and Biological Weapons Proving Ground (2006) Dugway, UT, Distance ~ 42 miles, 11:17 a.m., C-Print, 40" x 40", Courtesy of Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
This unusual exhibit showcases photographs (from the museum’s permanent collection) of mysterious images of the southwest desert. Think atomic testing, clandestine military operations, conspiracy theories—and the surreal nature of the desert landscape itself. Trevor Paglen, one of seven photographers represented, is an “experimental geographer,” who creates large-scale photographs that blur the boundaries between art, social science, and politics. Patrick Nagatani, a resident of New Mexico, uses the local landscape as a stage for scenes that comment on the atomic history and nuclear industry of the area. His photographic series Nuclear Enchantment is a virtual exhibition that uses Google mapping to show exactly where his photos were taken. Check online for museum hours. Admission is free with your UCard. For more information about the exhibit, contact Jill Dawsey or call (801) 585-3475.
• HONORING MALAWI SCULPTOR AMOS SUPUNI
Now through Aug. 31
Special reception with Michael Reid
Sunday, Aug. 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Red Butte Garden Courtyard
The Chapungu sculpture exhibit, originally displayed at Red Butte Garden in 2002, was one of the Garden’s most memorable exhibits. The art form of carving stone by hand hails from South Africa, specifically Zimbabwe. Chapungu sculptures reflect nature and convey peace and connectedness in their simplicity. Tragically, in December 2008, one of the master sculptors who was featured in Red Butte’s exhibit, Amos Supuni, died. He had taught the carving technique to many Utah residents. This month, Red Butte Garden welcomes back the Chupungu stone carving community with a memorial exhibit of 22 sculptures by Supuni.
Reception, Sunday, Aug. 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
A reception will pay tribute to Amos Supuni and will include film and photos. It also will include 22 statues by Supuni, 20 statues by Zimbabwean students/colleagues, and a painting of Amos by Utah artist, Holly Pendergast—all for sale to raise funds for Amos’ widow. Former Utah students of Amos will exhibit their statues created under his direction. The reception is free, but there is a fee to enter the garden. For more information, contact Bryn Ramjoue or call (801) 581-4938.
• COMMUNITY FORUM
Thursday, Aug. 20, 4:30 p.m.
Goodwill Humanitarian Building, Room 155A
(South side of Social Work Building)
Community Forum meetings are held every other month for neighbors of the U and are open to all who are interested in attending. The Aug. 20 meeting agenda includes information about construction truck routes, campus construction impacts, a traffic update for fall semester, a report from Salt Lake City, and an opportunity to discuss new business. To be added to the mailing list or for more information, contact Kate Ferebee or call (801) 585-9244.
• FARMERS MARKET
Thursdays, Aug. 20 through Oct.8, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Webster’s Lawn (east of Pioneer Memorial Theatre)
Additional information is online.
• NOTED PIANIST ROGER WILLIAMS
COMING TO CAMPUS
Friday, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Recognized as the greatest selling pianist in history by Billboard magazine, Roger Williams will visit campus to perform, speak about his 60-year career, and answer questions from the audience. Williams, who received the Steinway Lifetime Achievement Award, performed in the White House for nine U.S. presidents, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is known as an enduring musical legend. Tickets are $15 and available at the Kingsbury Hall ticket office or by calling (801) 581-7100.