SUNDAY, JULY 21 / NOON – 4 PM

Tandem Gallery Dialogue Series: Susan Collis: Without you the world goes on

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2018

Susan Collis' work investigates intersections of value, materials, and labor. This series of gallery dialogues explores each of these themes with guest speakers paired with Director of Curatorial Affairs / Senior Curator Alison Ferris.

This tandem gallery dialogue series is related programming for the exhibition Susan Collis: Without you the world goes on.

  • Susan Collis White Lies

    Caroline schoonover

    Sunday, February 3 / 1:30 pm
    Guest Speaker
    : Caroline Schoonover, co-chair of the Central Iowa Democratic Socialists of America contemplates the exhibition through the complex lens of value and labor.

    Schoonover is a co-chair of the Central Iowa Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America. Schoonover is a Marxist historian who studied history and politics at Drake University and environmental history at Iowa State University. She leads Central Iowa DSA in their efforts to fight for working class people from an intersectional perspective, and works to oppose capitalism, white supremacy, and cis-hetero-patriarchy.

  • Susan Collis As good as it gets

    ANN AU

    Sunday, March 3 / 1:30 pm
    Guest Speaker
    : Ann Au, jewelry artist and owner of 2AU Limited lends her vast experience in working with gemstones and precious metals, and the challenges, beauty, and poetry therein, to this exhibition talk focusing on materials. 

    Ann Au and her spouse King Au, opened 2AU Limited, a contemporary jewelry studio and art gallery located in Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines in 1993. Au’s work resides in numerous art collections around the country. Additionally, she curates a collection of art and crafts in a wide variety of media from national and international artists. Au is a graduate from Iowa State University’s Integrated Studio Arts program.

  • Susan Collis Better Days

    jay ewart and sydney royal-welch

    Thursday, March 28 / 6:30 pm
    Guest Speakers
    : Jay Ewart, Art Center chief preparator installations, and Sydney Royal-Welch, Art Center associate registrar, bring to light the often invisible nature of their labor in producing exhibitions. 

    Jay Ewart has been leading the installation staff at the Art Center since 2004. He cites the Tara Donovan exhibition (2009), the opening of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park (2009), Phyllida Barlow’s site specific sculptures (2013), and Numen/For Use’s suspended tape installation (2017) among the most challenging projects he has worked on during his tenure in Des Moines. Ewart has a BA from the University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and a MFA in painting and video art from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

    Sydney Royal-Welch joined the Art Center in 2007 working in the registration department. As a museum registrar, Royal-Welch keeps track of and takes care of the collection, coordinating the behind-the-scenes logistics including the secure transport of art to and from the museum both regionally and internationally. Royal-Welch earned a BA in anthropology from Beloit College, Wisconsin and a MA in museum studies from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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