Exhibition Examines the Pervasive Presence of Artist Robert Smithson in Contemporary Art


SALT LAKE CITY, UT.- The Utah Museum of Fine Arts opened The Smithson Effect, an exhibition highlighting the pervasive presence of artist Robert Smithson (1938-1973) in contemporary art since the 1990s. The most ambitious contemporary art exhibition ever organized by the UMFA, The Smithson Effect brings together, for the first time, a broad spectrum of work by international artists who share a profound debt to Smithson’s art and ideas. The Smithson Effect features sculpture, video, photography, installation, and sound art by twenty-three leading artists. Organized by Acting Chief Curator Jill Dawsey, the exhibition occupies over 4,000 square feet in the museum’s first-floor galleries and will be on view in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at the University of Utah from March 10 through July 3, 2011. Perhaps the most influential artist of the postwar period, Smithson is best known for his pioneering earthw