The inaugural Utah Biennial "Mondo Utah" offers succinct artistic statements, collections, artifacts and positions that take an anthropological look at the history- past and present-of contemporary art, folklore and culture in Utah. Generating new projects and unearthing archival legacies, the exhibition demonstrates how Utah has produced its own visual language within our country's cultural puzzle.
The exhibit will open at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple in Salt Lake City, on May 10.
"Mondo Utah" or "the world of Utah," is taken from the eponymous book by Utahn filmmaker Trent Harris, a publication of contemporary mythology that looks into the fables and idiosyncrasies originating from the Beehive state. The word "Mondo" references a filmmaking genre dating back to the early 60s from Italian filmmaker Gualtiero Jacopetti whose 1962 film "Mondo Cane" pioneered a filmmaking style known for cinema verité and pseudo-documentary that blurred reality and fiction. The film was structurally divided into short, unrelated vignettes or stories that brought one through a panorama of events unfolding before the camera.
"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.
Founded in 1931, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011, 2012 and 2013 and is a four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation. Located at 20 S. West Temple; open Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. For more information call (801) 328-4201 or visit www.utahmoca.org .