WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 / 11 AM – 4 PM

Special Events

Mindful Museum

8/11/2013 / 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Thoughtful Conversations about Art, Ideas, and Issues

“The Gallery As Urban Landscape: scree

Meet in the Art Center Restaurant for wine and cheese before heading into the exhibition 
RSVP to Jill Featherstone, director of education via e-mail or by calling 515.271.0317

Join us for a thoughtful exploration of scree—Phyllida Barlow’s sculptural installations that have transformed the gallery landscape of the Art Center’s sculpture court. I.M. Pei designed the 1968 addition to the Des Moines Art Center specifically for the display of sculpture, and scree is a rare occasion when the Art Center has devoted this iconic architectural space to exhibiting the work of an individual contemporary artist. Discuss with fellow Art Center members the immediacy of the visitor’s experience as we try to find appreciation and meaning with these sculptures.

This is the third installment of Mindful Museum. Mindful Museum programs are FREE gallery talks designed and facilitated by veteran docents Madelyn Mayberry and Jon Oakland with an art-initiated audience in mind. The aim is to participate in explorative conversations with people who enjoy delving more deeply into the issues presented by the art of our time.

"Talking in museums is one of the things that makes them matter, and the way in which we talk in museums is one of the things that define for us what they are. Because museums, I think, as much as they are places to go and see things, are also places to go and talk about things, and, through talking, to understand something about the way life takes place in time."  - Adam Gopnik, art critic and writer, "The Mindful Museum," The Walrus, June 2007.

2013-08-11 13:30:00 2013-08-11 15:30:00 America/Chicago Mindful Museum Thoughtful Conversations about Art, Ideas, and Issues “The Gallery As Urban Landscape: scree ” Meet in the Art Center Restaurant for wine and cheese before heading into the exhibition  RSVP to Jill Featherstone, director of education via e-mail or by calling 515.271.0317 Join us for a thoughtful exploration of scree —Phyllida Barlow’s sculptural installations that have transformed the gallery landscape of the Art Center’s sculpture court. I.M. Pei designed the 1968 addition to the Des Moines Art Center specifically for the display of sculpture, and scree is a rare occasion when the Art Center has devoted this iconic architectural space to exhibiting the work of an individual contemporary artist. Discuss with fellow Art Center members the immediacy of the visitor’s experience as we try to find appreciation and meaning with these sculptures. This is the third installment of Mindful Museum. Mindful Museum programs are FREE gallery talks designed and facilitated by veteran docents Madelyn Mayberry and Jon Oakland with an art-initiated audience in mind. The aim is to participate in explorative conversations with people who enjoy delving more deeply into the issues presented by the art of our time. "Talking in museums is one of the things that makes them matter, and the way in which we talk in museums is one of the things that define for us what they are. Because museums, I think, as much as they are places to go and see things, are also places to go and talk about things, and, through talking, to understand something about the way life takes place in time."  - Adam Gopnik, art critic and writer, "The Mindful Museum," The Walrus , June 2007. Mindful Museum

Phyllida Barlow (British, born 1944)
untitled: 11awnings, 2013
Steel armature, polyurethane board, polyurethane foam, cement, scrim, fabric
Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth
All photography © Paul Crosby

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