Past Exhibitions - 2013

  • El Anatsui

    Gravity and Grace:
    Monumental Works by El Anatsui

    October 25, 2013 – February 9, 2014
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery and I. M. Pei building

    The celebrated work of El Anatsui strikes a rare combination of stunning beauty, labor-intensive process, and deep metaphorical and poetic meaning. A global artist, Anatsui draws on artistic and aesthetic traditions from his birth country of Ghana; his home in Nsukka, Nigeria; and various Western art forms.

  • Wild Kingdom: Prints of Britain

    Wild Kingdom: Prints of Britain

    September 13, 2013 – January 5, 2014
    Print Gallery

    Wild Kingdom: Prints of Britain presents British works on paper spanning 300 years from the Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections. The exhibition compares and contrasts British artists’ rapturous visions of the natural world with dark and pessimistic visions of human nature. The natural world is beautiful and benign, but human society seems a veritable jungle, full of urgency and terror.

  • Richard Walker

    Single-channel 4: Gravitas
    Richard T. Walker / let this be us

    September 13 – November 17, 2013
    Video gallery, Richard Meier building

    Single-channel 4: Gravitas explores the myriad ways in which the notion of gravitas can be applied to various video works while not ascribing to the traditional parameters of the thematic exhibition. The standard definition of the word emphasizes solemnity, seriousness, and importance, while its Latin root is derived from gravitãs: weight or gravis: heavy.

  • Midwest Press

    Iowa Artists 2013: Midwest Pressed
    Recent Works by Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson

    August 2 – October 13, 2013
    Blank One Gallery

    Midwest Pressed: Worn Out - Recent Works by Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson, is a collaborative print project between two Iowa artists and art educators. Working mainly with screen prints, Dooley and Wilson focus on themed bodies of work that highlight both the unique and serial nature of printmaking, or "making each print an individual and successful impression born from the language of the multiple."

  • Single-channel 4: Two-Body Equillibrium

    SINGLE-CHANNEL 4: GRAVITAS 
    ADAD HANNAH / TWO BODY EQUILIBRIUM

    July 12 – September 8, 2013
    Video gallery, Richard Meier building

    Single-channel 4: Gravitas explores the force of gravity, both literally and figuratively. The second work in this series, Adad Hannah’s Two Body Equilibrium, unfolds over a quick but intense four minutes as two men perform an act of balance and strength.

  • Scree

    Phyllida Barlow: scree

    June 21 – September 22, 2013
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery and I. M. Pei building

    Organized by Senior Curator Gilbert Vicario, scree will include six large-scale sculptural installations, more than 60 works on paper, and a group of work from the Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections selected by the artist.

  • L'estampe

    L'estampe Oringinale
    Painters, Printers, Paris

    May 17 – September 8, 2013
    Print Gallery

    An extraordinary explosion of avant-garde printmaking fueled by new approaches to color lithography and etching, and creative collaborations between artists, printers, and publishers, took place in Paris during the 1890s and early 1900s. Ambroise Vollard, a passionate advocate for Post-Impressionist and Symbolist artists’ prints, was one of these publishers.

  • Gilad Ratman

    Single-channel 4: Gravitas
    Gilad Ratman / The Days of the Family of the Bell

    May 3 – July 7, 2013
    Video gallery, Richard Meier building

    Single-channel 4: Gravitas explores the myriad ways in which the notion of gravitas can be applied to various video works while not ascribing to the traditional parameters of the thematic exhibition.

  • Foss Projects

    Iowa Artists 2013: Foss Projects

    April 26, 27, 28, 2013
    Rooftop, Courtyard and Levitt Auditorium

    Led by Matt Foss, a lecturer in theater at Iowa State University, Foss Projects uses classical texts, such as Shakespeare or Chekhov, to make quality theatre available to broad audiences.

  • Kathranne Knight

    Iowa Artists 2013: Kathranne Knight

    April 19 – July 28, 2013
    Print Gallery

    Ames, Iowa-based artist Kathranne Knight produces delicately rendered works on paper that explore the horizon line as both a pictorial device and a psychological space. In her drawings, the horizon line is made up of multiple lines that refer to the process of their own making and provides a rhythmic, syncopated texture.

  • Transparencies

    Transparencies:
    Contemporary Art & A History of Glass

    February 21 – May 22, 2013
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    Transparencies brings together a group of international contemporary artists whose work explores glass as both medium and as subject matter. Each creates contemporary art that connects with the history of glasswork, from luxury objects such as chandeliers and mirrors to household items like drinking vessels and light bulbs.

  • Flooded McDonald's

    Single-channel 3: time and circumstance 
    superflex / Flooded McDonald's

    February 1 – April 28, 2013
    Video gallery, Richard Meier building

    The video presents a provocative, tense vision of destruction. Over 21 minutes, the interior of a McDonald’s fills slowly with water, destroying the space, products, and iconography familiar to consumers around the world.

  • Double Feature

    Double Feature: Art & The Movies

    January 22 – April 14, 2013
    Blank One Gallery

    Featuring work by John Baldessari, Christian Jankowski, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol, Double Feature explores the relationship between art and the movies, from cinema’s earliest days to the digital revolution of the 21st century.

  • Vibrations

    Vibrations

    January 22 – May 7, 2013
    Print Gallery

    Vibrations presents a dazzling selection of 23 works from the permanent collections in which artists explore the nature of visual perception.

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