Current Exhibits

Encounter Korea

October 13 - December 29, 2018 

Korean artists have arrived in the international art world in recent years with a voice that resonates across both East and West. The Korean art scene has emerged from the traditions of its history to now reflect a world of connectivity and technology. It is a country that has broken out of agrarian-Confucian lifestyle to showcase a new attitude in the 21st century through its are and modern culture. These artists reflect the way South Korea wants to project its image onto the world.
This exhibition brings together a group of Korean American and Korean artists, based in Los Angeles and in South Korea, to highlight the technical mastery and conceptual finesse of artists from their culture. Many of the artists in this exhibition express the delicacies and emotions of everyday life through different methods and media.
The Southern Utah Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, is excited to share the work of contemporary Korean artists with our local community. This exhibition highlights a variety of aspects through contemporary practice, ranging from painting to new media, as viewed through a Korean lens.
The seven artists displaying works include: 
  • Kyungmin Kim
  • Whi Boo Kim
  • Sung Jae Lee
  • Kwang-Seop Oh
  • Yong Sin
  • Jung-Uk Yang
  • Kyung Youl Yoon


Jung Uk Yang (South Korea, b. 1982)
Turtle Do Not Know Our Weekend, 2014
Wood, motor, thread, LED, 290x160x290 cm
Loan from artist, 2018


Othello in Black and White

July 7 – October 13, 2018

On display at the the Gerald R. Sherratt Library from October 1 - 13. 

Othello in Black and White exhibition logo

Race and class. Ambition and commitment. Justice and mercy. Perception and deception. Loyalty and betrayal.

Othello was most likely written in 1603, the same year as Hamlet, and was performed on 1 November 1604, which places it within the early career of William Shakespeare (c. 1564-1616). The characters, setting, and action in the play are not original. Like many writers of the time, Shakespeare borrowed heavily from existing work. This play is based directly on Un Capitano Moro, “A Moorish Captain,” published in 1565 by Italian writer, Cinthio Garaldi. Shakespeare created his title character as an honorable man, rather than Garaldi’s angry, abusive gure and directly counter to common sentiments. Shakespeare’s play was rst published as a Quarto in 1622, several years after his death. It appeared in slightly longer form in the
First Folio of 1623 and has since appeared in every collection of the Works.

William Shakespeare wrote plays more popular with theater goers, but few of them ask harder questions of modern readers. Should family and society impose their external values on the individuals in a marriage? What is the place of trust and loyalty in a working relationship?

The volumes exhibited at SUMA are borrowed from the SUU Matheson Special Collections and the University of Utah to show how Othello has appeared before the public over three of the past four centuries. Collectively, they invite us to still consider those hard questions the play’s story poses to its audience.