Lost in Translation: Duane Linklater

Exhibition Review

  • "salt 11: Duane Linklater"

  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
  • 27 Feb 2015 - 02 Aug 2015

In the eleventh installment of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ (UMFA) “salt” exhibitions, artist Duane Linklater cut to the heart of the fundamental museum claim that objects can be understood as prima facie evidence of cultures. Linklater, who is Omaskêko Cree, selected 17 American Indian artifacts in the museum’s collection and replicated them as 3D printed sculptures or inkjet prints on linen. These doubly decontextualized entities, mute yet (theoretically) endlessly reproducible, suggested that translocation has its limits.

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