When the Dog Bites, When the Bee Stings
on Friday, September 30, 2016
In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Crawford sits down with Curator of Prints and Drawings Amy N. Worthen to discuss her final print exhibition before her retirement later this year. The exhibition, titled When the Dog Bites, When the Bee Stings, will highlight Amy's "favorite things" from the Art Center's permanent collection.
"The permanent collections house thousands of prints, drawings, and photographs representing a wide variety of centuries, nationalities, styles, and media. Whether precious, rare, and major masterpieces, or cheap, mass-produced, humble printed pictures, all are fascinating to me. Although at any given time our visitors might see only 30 or 40 prints and drawings on view in the galleries, I am fortunate to have had this marvelous collection as my domain to explore and think about how the world communicates through pictures. What are my favorites? Why do certain ones continue to speak to me? I might love a supremely wonderful visual idea, the intensity, the courage, the inventiveness, the wit, or the use of technique. I might love a work for its lack of grandeur and quiet rightness. The exhibition texts will tell some of the reasons, and some of my stories." – Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings