Utah Biennial: Mondo Utah
MAY 10 – DEC 14
Opening Reception MAY 10, 8-10 PM | Artist Lecture 7:00 PM
Celebrating the diversity of Utah’s cultural landscape.
The inaugural Utah Biennial titled Mondo Utah consists of succinct artistic statements, collections, artifacts and positions that celebrate the diversity of Utah’s cultural landscape. Cultural lore, forgotten icons and parallel art worlds are explored in this exhibition.
„This first biennial looks at the myriad of ways in which Utah has been used as a site, subject, support, and material,” says Senior Curator Aaron Moulton. “Mondo Utah celebrates the diversity and richness of Utah’s cultural landscape with a spectrum of voices from all sides of the community. Utah’s cultural lore, forgotten icons and parallel art worlds re-imagine the possibilities and relevance of regionalism within an ever-globalizing perspective on contemporary art and cultural production.”
In the art world, a biennial is a once-every-two-years event, a massive group show that aims to cover the waterfront of what’s new and now in contemporary art.
Venice started the tradition — which is why biennale, the Italian version of the word, is often used by snooty art types — in 1895, and starts this year’s edition on June 1. The Whitney Museum of American Art has one of the most famous biennials in the United States, surveying contemporary art every even-numbered year.
This month, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Artlaunches a biennial of its own — but, this being Utah, it looks to be different….