12 Minutes Max: a Monthly Showcase of Short Works by Local Artists

Main Library

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12 Minutes Max is a year-round monthly performance series featuring short works by local artists in many disciplines. One Sunday a month, we present three original pieces in a varied mix, chosen from music, dance, film, writing, theater, performance art, and the like—each 12 minutes or less. The whole event is short and sweet, taking about an hour.

After each month's performances, coffee and cookies are served—a time for conversation and feedback.

We will hear music from Jazz Jaguars, who will perform “an exploration of another dimension of time and place, as a concrete thing, in an attempt to illustrate how difficult it can be to access your own place and time, even if you're there."

Mary Dickson will read her monologue Mama Got Us an Indian Girl, a rich and disturbing historical piece based on her experience as a child when her family had a Navajo student live with them as part of the Mormon Church's Indian Placement Program that peaked in the 1960s and ‘70s and placed LDS Navajo students with white Mormon families for a school year. Mary is the Director of Creative Services and host of Contact at KUED TV. She also is a produced playwright, whose 2007 play “Exposed,” a very personal work about the consequences of nuclear testing, opened Plan B Theatre’s season to sold out houses and wide acclaim. She has also performed readings of her own monologues for U of U theater classes and at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Tatiana Svrckova Larsen will show her recent video work Pouring Gifts. Larsen often uses food in her work in reference to motherhood and the act of giving nourishment and its direct relation to waste. By highlighting the issues of being an artist, mother, wife, and teacher, she wants to focus “on the different roles that a contemporary woman has to juggle daily.” Larsen was born in Cadca, Slovakia and moved to the United States in 2008. She is currently teaching art at the University of Utah and Weber State University. She has shown her work in numerous venues, including the Utah Museum of Contemporary art in SLC, Torrence Museum of Art in Torrence, California, and Gallery 19 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her most recent piece is currently on display at the Springville Art Museum.

This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originated by On the Boards in Seattle.

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200