Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Alma Thomas on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

  • 09/30/2020 - 10/03/2020
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah welcomes the public back to the galleries on Wednesday, August 26. For everyone’s safety, the visitor experience will look and feel a little different, and all group activities—including new digital learning opportunities—will be offered online only.The Museum’s top priority is to keep visitors and staff safe and healthy by preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building.Because circumstances may change at any time, visitors should check for complete and up-to-date information before they visit. Visitors may also call the UMFA welcome desk at 801.581.7332.Here are the details:UMFA members, docents and volunteers, and essential healthcare workers are invited to early reopening on Wednesday, August 19 through Friday, August 21. Admission will be free on those days.New operating hours are Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 pm. Seniors and high-risk visitors are invited to visit on these days between 11 am and noon.Visitors and staff will be required to wear face coverings and maintain the recommended social distance of six feet between themselves and other visitors or household groups, in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 policy.Visitors and staff may enter the building only if they’re healthy.Visitors are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets in advance at Tickets may also be purchased at the welcome desk upon arrival—but to guarantee entry, advanced tickets are recommended.Visitor capacity will be limited to 100 guests at a time, and no groups larger than 10 will be admitted.Touchpoints have been minimized, cleaning protocols are enhanced, and the building’s HVAC system has been assessed by U facilities experts and exceeds all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.While group tours and classroom visits are on pause, the UMFA offers new digital resources and tours, as well as new distance learning opportunities and digital classroom visits for K–12 educators and U professors.All UMFA events and programs will be held online until further notice. Please visit the event calendar at Museum Store and CaféThe Museum Store will be open Wednesday through Friday during Museum hours. The Museum Café will be open Monday through Friday for beverage service only.What's On ViewThe UMFA has extended the run of Beyond the Divide: Merchant, Artist, Samurai in Edo Japan, a popular exhibition drawn from the Museum’s collection of Japanese art. Visitors can also see Utah Women Working for Better Days!, a celebration of voting rights anniversaries that opened just a week before the Museum closed on March 13. Four spectacular paintings by renowned artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Moran, Alma Thomas, and Diego Rivera, on loan from national institutions, also remain on view. For information on all current temporary exhibitions, please visit’s OnlineVisit for digital art-inspired content and art-making activities.**********This year the UMFA is highlighting three iconic landscape paintings by American artists Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Alma Thomas on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.Installed in the American and regional, and modern and contemporary galleries, these spectacular works accentuate the Museum’s own treasures and enhance the stories being told. They add new and diverse artistic voices to fully explore pictorial approaches to landscape painting from nineteenth-century idealized naturalism to contemporary abstraction.Thomas Moran’s Mist in Kanab Canyon, Utah (1892), situated within the UMFA’s award-winning permanent collection exhibition American and Regional Art: Mythmaking & Truth-Telling, enables deeper exploration of how nineteenth-century artists represented the Utah landscape and how their images shaped popular perceptions of the American West.Georgia O’Keeffe’s Manhattan (1932) will feature prominently in the American and regional art gallery focused on modernism. O’Keeffe’s painting prompts consideration of the relationship between urban development and concurrent experiments with abstraction in the first half of the twentieth century.Alma Thomas’s Red Sunset, Old Pond Concerto (1972) anchors a section, devoted to the Washington Color School, of Art Post-1945, the UMFA’s exhibition of its modern and contemporary collection. Thomas was a black art teacher in Washington, DC, and her participation in and influence on postwar abstraction have been marginalized until very recently. Her work, which has rarely been on view in the West, offers fresh insights on women working in the post-World War II moment and elaborates on the story of the Washington Color School painters.The Lay of the Land is part of a five-year exhibition partnership between the Smithsonian and five museums in the western United States. Funded by a nearly $2 million grant from Art Bridges and Terra Foundation of American Art, the project is the latest in a transformative effort, the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative, to expand access to outstanding works of American art nationwide. The Lay of the Land: Landscape Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative.Presenting Sponsor: Sue and Al LandonCuratorial Sponsor: Stephanie and Tim Harpst GEORGIA O'KEEFFE (AMERICAN, 1887-1986) MANHATTAN, 1932, OIL ON CANVAS, (84 3/8 X 48 1/4 IN.) SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM, GIFT OF THE GEORGIA O'KEEFFE FOUNDATION, 1995.3.1THOMAS MORAN (AMERICAN, BORN ENGLAND, 1837-1926) MIST IN KANAB CANYON, UTAH, 1892, OIL ON CANVAS, (44 3/8 X 38 3/8 IN.) SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM, BEQUEST OF MRS. BESSIE B. CROFFUT, 1942.11.10ALMA THOMAS, (AMERICAN, 1891–1978), RED SUNSET, OLD POND CONCERTO, 1972, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 68 1/2 X 52 1/4 IN., SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM, GIFT OF THE WOODWARD FOUNDATION, 1977.48.5Become a UMFA member

    Event Info

    • Presented By: Utah Museum of Fine Arts
    • Dates: 9/23/2020, 9/24/2020, 9/25/2020, 9/30/2020, 10/1/2020, 10/2/2020
    • Location: Utah Museum of Fine Arts
    • Address: 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
    • Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Categories: Art, Covid-19, Museums
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