Looking for virtual ways to enjoy the blockbuster exhibition of Black artists on view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA)?
Make your way to the UMFA’s new digital experience page for “Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem,” a landmark exhibition of 100 works by nearly 80 artists of African descent from the 1920s to the present. Enjoy a highlights video of the galleries, in-depth discussions with curators and Black scholars, personal reflections from Black community members, an art-making activity, and more. You’ll find a toolkit specially designed for classroom use and a calendar of virtual events. Settle in, and stay as long as you like.
This month’s exhibition-related programs—all available free online—include:
- “Through a Lens Darkly,” a live-streamed film on Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m., co-presented with the U’s Tanner Humanities Center and the Utah Film Center.
- A two-part ACME Session focused on Charles O. Anderson’s critically acclaimed dance theater project (Re)current Unrest—a meditation on the American Dream and Black nihilism. Part one,(Re)current Unrest: Film Screening + Reflection and Response with Charles O. Anderson and Alexandra Barbier, is Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 pm. Part two, (Re)current Unrest: Post-Film Community Workshop, is Saturday, March 27 at 3 pm. This event is presented in partnership with the U’s School of Dance, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Utah Film Center, and Salt Lake City Public Library.
- Black Refractions: Artists in Conversation, a panel discussion with three women artists in the exhibition, on Wednesday, March 31 at 2 pm, co-presented with the American Federation of Arts.
If you are planning to visit in person, reserve your tickets now. Black Refractions closes Saturday, April 10, advance tickets are required, and they’re going fast. Remember that U faculty, staff, and students are admitted free with your UCard.
This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Major support for Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem provided by Art Bridges. Sponsorship for the national tour provided in part by PURE.
The UMFA exhibition is presented in partnership with the U’s Black Cultural Center and made possible by presenting sponsor George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, curatorial sponsor Willard L. Eccles Family Foundation, installation sponsors Tim & Stephanie Harpst and University of Utah College of Mines and Earth Sciences, and programming sponsors University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library and Honors College, with in-kind support from the University of Utah Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.