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Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly Salt Lake Art Center) and Sundance Institute announce that UMOCA will again co-exhibit this year's edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City.
The exhibition consists of digital and video installations by leading artists from around the world, and also includes performances and lectures as part of the public programming.
The 2012 New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival at UMOCA opens on January 20, 2012, along with New Frontier in Park City, and remains on exhibit through May 19. UMOCA will be open daily during the Sundance Film Festival, January 20 – 28, 2011, with extended hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; and Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Public programs accompanying the exhibition at UMOCA will include a performance of Himalaya Song by Gingger Shankar on Wednesday, January 25, at 10 p.m. "We are excited to again collaborate with the Sundance Film Festival to bring the artists of New Frontier and their work to Salt Lake City for an extended stay," says Adam Price, Executive Director, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, in a release. "The exhibition gives visitors a great opportunity to see what is happening in the world of contemporary art today and where it might be headed next." Himalaya Song (above) is a described as a "musically infused cinematic performance that explores the majestic mountain range and its interconnecting cultures as the region undergoes major environmental and ecological change. Featuring musical performances by musicians Gingger Shankar (vocals/double violin) and Dave Liang (piano/electronics) and live narration by filmmaker Mridu Chandra, this live multimedia presentation combines modern sounds and ancient instruments with a cinematic journey through the Himalayan past and present, exploring folktales, mythological narratives, contemporary ways of survival and tomorrow's inevitable changes in the great melting glaciers."Gingger Shankar is a singer, violinist and composer. Her credits include co-composing music for "The Passion of the Christ" and touring with the Smashing Pumpkins. Dave Liang is the creator of The Shanghai Restoration Project, a music group that blends Chinese culture with hip-hop and electronica.