“You can touch things,” said Jared Steffensen of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art to the 35 parents and kids at the first Stroller Tour on Wednesday morning.
Steffensen, the museum’s education curator, was explaining the works in the exhibition “do it” before donning a sweater that made his body into a sculpture by artist Erwin Wurm.
For my 11-month-old stroller-strapped twins, Amelia and Isabella, trying to crawl into clothing through alternate openings isn’t artwork but everyday life. Still, I appreciated the chance to expose them to art, even if crying was involved.
For Bryce Barker, the 15-month-old son of former Trib reporter Julia Lyon, the biggest attraction was artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled” (1994), a stack of candy representing an influential person in his life.
“I’m into the idea of exposing her to all kinds of art,” said Ai Fujii Nelson of her daughter, Maya, 9 months old. Nelson is a former Ririe-Woodbury dancer who now teaches at Ballet West Academy and Children’s Dance Theatre.
For any art lover, kids in tow or not, it’s worth a visit to the free museum to see Stephanie Leitch’s “Untitled Apogee,” a provocative view of the Salt Lake Valley, with the ground tied to shadow-producing clouds through a grid of 617 points representing Mormon chapels, which is on view only through Feb. 22.
For information about the museum’s Stroller Tours, call 801-328-4201.
On a stroll
P The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art recently launched monthly Stroller Tours.
When • 9:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month
Where • UMOCA, 20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City
Admission • Free; RSVP to Jared.Steffensen@utahmoca.org