Past Exhibitions – 2016

  • Ann Hamilton Ghost A Border Act

    SINGLE-CHANNEL 6: COLLECTED
    ANN HAMILTON – GHOST...A BORDER ACT

    November 11, 2016 – February 19, 2017
    Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Video Gallery

    For 2016, we are celebrating the Art Center's growing collection of video works by displaying unseen or long off-view art accessioned by the museum in recent years.

  • Vivian Maier

    VIVIAN MAIER: THROUGH A CRITICAL LENS

    September 17, 2016 – January 22, 2017
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    This exhibition features 70 photographs (50 black-and-white and 20 color prints) of people encountered on the streets of New York City and Chicago by the late photographer Vivian Maier (1926 – 2009).

  • Whose Streets?

    WHOSE STREETS?

    August 19, 2016 – January 15, 2017
    Blank One Gallery

    One of the most common subjects depicted in Western painting in the late 19th- to mid-20th centuries was the city. Starting with the Impressionists, the city was the ultimate symbol of Modernism—a phenomenon that thrilled, excited, troubled, and dismayed the people of its time.

  • When the Dog Bites, When the Bee Stings

    whEN THE DOG BITES, WHEN THE BEE STINGS

    October 7, 2016 – January 8, 2017
    John Brady Print Gallery

    "For the last exhibition I am organizing before my retirement, I have selected “a few of my favorite things.” The exhibition’s title comes from a line in a song in The Sound of Music. Recalling beloved objects, times of the year, visions, and sensations, “My Favorite Things” speaks to the healing power of memory.

  • Anna Gaskell The Mirror

    SINGLE-CHANNEL 6 / COLLECTED
    aNNA GASKELL – mIRROR

    August 12 – November 3, 2016
    Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Video Gallery

    For 2016, we are celebrating the Art Center's growing collection of video works by displaying unseen or long off-view art accessioned by the museum in recent years.

  • Iowa Artists 2016: Alex Braidwood

    iOWA ARTISTS 2016: Alex Braidwood

    June 23 – October 9, 2016
    Lower Richard Meier building

    The project, titled Listen Right Here:DSM, makes us aware of the noise that surrounds us, encouraging us to notice a sensory experience often ignored.

  • Iowa Artists 2016: Jordan Weber

    IOWA ARTISTS 2016: JORDAN WEBER

    June 23 – October 9, 2016
    John and Mary Pappajohn Gallery / Richard Meier building sunken courtyard

    This project, which presents themes of labor, current economic and social issues, and the place of art in our lives, also includes an off-site abandoned house (visible from Keo Way, on the north edge of downtown Des Moines) modified by the artist in a manner inspired by the architecture of the Art Center.

  • Heavy Heavy Hangs Over Thy Head

    HEAVY HEAVY HANGS OVER THY HEAD

    June 10 – October 2, 2016
    John Brady Print Gallery

    Scratched into the lithographic stone, the words of a children's game—"HEAVY HEAVY HANGS OVER THY HEAD"—prophesies doom as a mouse gnaws a cord attached to a rifle suspended from a nail over a sleeping baby. Rockwell Kent created this print in 1946, but in our present age of Columbine, Sandy Hook, and heartbreakingly far too many other gun massacres to name, this shocking image speaks to us forcefully. Donated to the Art Center by Print Club in 2002, this extraordinary print gives its name to this exhibition.

  • Glenn Brown Shallow Deaths

    GLENN BROWN

    May 21 – August 21, 2016
    Anna K. Meredith  Gallery

    Glenn Brown is the first U.S., one-person, survey exhibition of the London-based painter. Reproductions of canonical paintings culled from art history books, magazines, and the Internet are the sources of Brown’s imagery.

  • Cy Twombly Natural Histories

    CY TWOMBLY: NATURAL HISTORIES

    April 29 – August 14, 2016
    Blank One Gallery

    The Des Moines Art Center is home to Natural History Part I, Mushrooms (1974) and Natural History Part II, Some Trees of Italy (1976), two print portfolios by Cy Twombly (1928-2011).

  • Bill Viola Ascension

    SINGLE-CHANNEL 6: cOLLECTED 
    BILL VIOLA – ASCENSION

    May 27 – August 7, 2016
    Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Video Gallery

    Bill Viola is a pioneer in the art of video installation. In Ascension, viewers are engulfed in a dark ocean-like atmosphere and presented with a visual narrative of the moments before, during, and after the jarring, visceral occurrence of a man plunging into water.

  • GRAAAFICAAA ITAAALIANAAA

    GRAAAFICAAA ITAAALIANAAA

    January 22 – May 29, 2016
    John Brady Print Gallery

    GRAAAFICAAA ITAAALIANAAA explores some of Italy’s contributions to—and its ambivalence about—art on paper from the early to mid-20th-century.

  • The Way Things Go

    SIngle-channel 6: Collected
    PETER FISCHLI & DAVID WEISS – tHE WAY THINGS GO

    February 26 – May 22, 2016
    Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Video Gallery

    Working as a duo, Fischli and Weiss created sculpture, photography, performance, and video.

  • Arts & Letters

    ARTS & LETTERS

    February 13 – May 1, 2016
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    Arts & Letters considers connections between literature and the visual arts across various times and cultures. Works from the Art Center’s permanent collections, from works on paper from the 16th century to contemporary sculpture, will sit alongside generous loans from the libraries of the Salisbury House and the University of Iowa.

  • Orr Menirom

    TONI AND TIM URBAN INTERNATIONAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: ORR MENIROM

    March 8 – April 10, 2016
    Lower Richard Meier building

    Orr Menirom is the inaugural Toni and Tim Urban International Artist-in-Residence. Funding for this residency was established in 2015 with the aim of bringing artists, particularly of Jewish heritage, from foreign countries to the Des Moines Art Center and the communities we serve.

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