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Sean P. Means
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A scene from Tacita Dean's new film, JG, which explores the nature of time and artistic inspiration through the lens of Robert Smithson’s iconic Land art piece, Spiral Jetty (1970), and the J. G. Ballard science-fiction short story “The Voices of Time” (1960). The film is one of three new exhibits exploring the Great Salt Lake at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA). JG was commissioned by Arcadia University Art Gallery and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and is presented at the UMFA in collaboration with the Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS), with support from the Sundance Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London/Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris
Two Great Salt Lake exhibits closing Sunday at UMFA

Time’s running out to see two exhibits at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts that explore the artistic possibilities of the Great Salt Lake.

• One is "JG," the 35mm film by British artist Tacita Dean. The film explores Robert Smithson’s landmark 1970 earthwork Spiral Jetty, using J.G. Ballard’s 1960 science-fiction short story "The Voices of Time" as a focal point. The film was shot mostly at the Great Salt Lake, Utah’s West Desert, and the Hogle Zoo.

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• The other is the Great Salt Lake Landscan, created by the Center for Land Use Interpretation and commissioned by UMFA (and now part of the museum’s permanent collection). It provides a stunning visual survey of the salt concentration ponds and industrial infrastructure of the lake’s south shore.

Both exhibits close after Sunday, May 4.

A third exhibition — "The Savage Poem Around Me: Alfred Lambourne’s Great Salt Lake," a collection of the pioneer artist’s landscape paintings, sketches and writings — stays open through June 15.

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Tom Wharton wrote about the three exhibits when they opened in January — read the article here.

For hours and admission prices, go to UMFA’s website.



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