Past Exhibitions - 2015

  • Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations

    LAUREL NAKADATE: STRANGERS AND RELATIONS

    September 5, 2015 – January 24, 2016
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations focuses on an unfolding body of work by the acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and video artist.

  • Frankenthaler

    EAST AND BEYOND: HELEN fRANKENTHALER AND HER CONTEMPORARIES

    September 29, 2015 – January 17, 2016
    John Brady Print Gallery

    In celebration of the acquisition of Helen Frankenthaler's breakthrough color woodblock print, East and Beyond, 1973, the Art Center presents an exhibition contextualizing Frankenthaler's print.

  • Hockney

    IT'S YOUR CHOICE

    September 17 – December 13, 2015
    Blank One and Two Galleries

    With participation from The Des Moines Register, the Art Center invited the community to vote on their favorite works of art from a group of 150 rarely-seen artworks in the permanent collections to create its first community curated exhibition.

  • Rosemarie Padovano

    SINGLE-CHANNEL 5: DANCE 
    ROSEMARIE PADOVANO / PALOMA

    June 19 – October 4, 2015
    Video gallery, Richard Meier building

    Paloma was filmed with the desire to turn the architecture of a mausoleum into a big drum for its inhabitant. A single flamenco dancer creates her own music using her hands and feet that resonate upon the stone.”

  • Sea Life: From Dürer to Dion

    SEA LIFE: FROM düRER TO DION

    June 5 – September 20, 2015
    John Brady Print Gallery

    Sea Life, 2013, a sculpture by contemporary artist Mark Dion, replicates an itinerant bookseller's portable stall, such as those seen along the banks of the Seine.

  • Antique Abstraction Weinrich

    ANTIQUE ABSTRACTION

    March 13 – September 6, 2015
    Blank One Gallery

    Antique Abstraction highlights works from the museum’s collections made within five years of 1915 to celebrate this aesthetic breakthrough, which informed every art movement of the coming decades.

  • Fiber: Sculpture 1960 - present

    FIBER: Sculpture 1960 – present

    May 9 – August 2, 2015
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery, I. M. Pei and Richard Meier buildings

    Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – present is the first exhibition in more than 40 years to examine the development of abstraction and dimensionality in fiber art from the mid-twentieth century to the present.

  • Kent Monkman

    SINGLE-CHANNEL 5: DANCE
    KENT MONKMAN / DANCE TO MISS CHIEF

    February 20 – June 14, 2015
    Video Gallery, Richard Meier building

    Single-channel 5: Dance celebrates the various ways artists incorporate dance into their work, from simply celebrating the body in motion to expressions of complicated political thought.

  • Francesco Clemente

    THE DEPARTURE OF THE ARGONAUT:
    PRINTS BY FRANCESCO CLEMENTE

    February 27 – May 24, 2015
    John Brady Print Gallery

    Francesco Clemente’s double-spread lithographs for The Departure of the Argonaut comprise one of the most visually compelling artist’s books produced during the second half of the 20th century. 

  • Iowa Artists 2015: Austin Stewart

    IOWA ARTISTS 2015: AUSTIN STEWART

    April 30, 2015
    Levitt Auditorium

    Ames-based Austin Stewart’s art actions, objects, writing, documents, videos and installations are a multifaceted examination of human nature.

  • Field Road Cloud

    FIeld, road, cloud: art and Africa

    February 14 – April 19, 2015
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    Field, Road, Cloud: Art and Africa is an exploration of this wide-ranging territory through the framework of contemporary art and the extensive holdings of African art in the Des Moines Art Center permanent collections, many of which will be displayed for the first time in this exhibition. 

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