Angela Ellsworth Explores Her Mormon Past at ASU Art Museum

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Angela Ellsworth and her "sister wives" are finally bringing their doctrine to town.

At 7 p.m. Friday, performance artist Ellsworth and her crew present Where the Skies Are Blue, a piece that explores Ellsworth's experiences of growing up Mormon and her family ties to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS). The event marks the first time local audiences can witness Ellsworth's work that made a splash in Australia during the 17th Biennale of Sydney and in Los Angeles.

As was previously reported, Ellsworth's great-great-grandfather, Lorenzo Snow, was the fifth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as a polygamist who had a dozen wives. The culture of FLDS polygamy (or, as Bill Henrickson would prefer you call it, "plural marriage") has been immortalized in contemporary times in Big Love and Sister Wives.

Ellsworth, who no longer practices Mormonism, will enlist the help of thirteen "sister wives" for her performance on Friday, including Teta Johnson, Abbey Messmer, and Crystal Bedford.

"We are boldly going where no sister-wife has gone before," writes Ellsworth.

The shindig takes place during the ASU Art Museum's Spring Opening Reception, so from 7 to 9 p.m., you can also check out the official opening of "Collecting Contemporary Art: the FUNd at ASU Art Museum," "Re-Thinking the Faculty Exhibition 2011," "It's not just black and white: Gregory Sale - Social Studies Project 6," and "Citadel: An installation by Patricia Sannit."

For more information on Where the Skies Are Blue, check out the Facebook event page.

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It is unfortunate that the FLDS, a group of a few hundred followers be labeled Mormons, when the 14 million LDS who are also Mormons never practiced polygamy, most of whom have don't even have relatives who are Utahns, let alone are part of this quirky throwback of 150 years. Mormonism in the greater sense has as much to do with polygamy as modern Judaism has with animal sacrifice.


@ExperShot. I would much rather believe in an "imaginery" entity that to believe that my life will end forever perhaps tomorrow and that the only person I can rely on for the difficult is someone who can't get 100% on a math test.


The LDS religion is based out of the FLDS. The LDS sold out their religious principles to get statehood and to stop the harrassment from the federal government.

What a wonderful world it would be if you all realized that heaven is here on earth, you are god and your experience here is what you make it.

For gosh sakes people, wake up to reality and take personal responsibility for your actions - stop blaming it all on some imaginary entity.


It is unfair to label this person a Mormon without distinguishing If Mormonism is to be a blanket term, (I prefer it only apply to LDS, but if to be liberal we apply it to FLDS and other splinters) then it is necessary to distinguish the kind. This is a headache for the LDS church I am part of. Please instead say FLDS Mormonism if you must use that term at all.

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