Past Exhibitions - 2011

  • Dario Robleto


    September 23, 2011 – January 15, 2012
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    Survival Does Not Lie In The Heavens is devoted to Dario Robleto’s recent exploration of longevity and extinction. The San Antonio-native is well known for using ephemeral and archaic materials, including vinyl records, dinosaur fossils, impact glass formed by meteorites, human tears, and heartbeats to create poetic statements that celebrate our faith in the materials and objects that shape our lives.

  • Keys To Our Heart

    Single-channel 2: melodrama
    kalup linzy / Keys To Our Heart

    May 6 – July 31, 2011

    Kalup Linzy’s Keys To Our Heart (2008), is inspired by the history of black filmmaking, “race movies,” 1940s musicals starring Lena Horne, and the Hollywood 1950s melodramas of the Danish-German director Douglas Sirk

  • Matt Corones

    Iowa Artists 2011: Matt Corones

    August 12 – October 2, 2011
    Lobby and I. M. Pei building windows

    Using photography and digital imaging as a starting point, Matt Corones works in a large variety of media, including c-prints, light boxes, fabric patterns, and video.

  • Matthew Kluber

    Iowa Artists 2011: Matthew Kluber

    August 12 – October 2, 2011
    Blank One Gallery

    Matthew Kluber’s inventive fusion of color, line, digital formations, and projected light creates a dynamic visual space that intrigues and mesmerizes the viewer. Presented in a painting format, his abstractions look to the past as well as embrace the technology of today.

  • Stephanie Brunia

    Iowa Artists 2011: Stephanie Brunia

    June 3 – August 7, 2011
    Blank One Gallery

    Stephanie Brunia (b. 1984, Ames, IA), creates brooding and enigmatic images that at first recall the surreal cinematic style of director David Lynch or the staged tableaus of artist Gregory Crewdson.

  • The Fashion Show

    The Fashion Show

    May 27 – September 18, 2011
    Print Gallery

    The Fashion Show presents works from the Art Center’s permanent collections—prints, books, photographs, and sculptures made from the 15th to the late 20th century—in which clothing, adornment, and hairstyles play a starring role.

  • Bombay Beach

    Surface Value

    May 6 – September 4, 2011
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    Surface Value features the work of James Gobel, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, and Mickalene Thomas. Each artist presents a unique vision of American life and lifestyle, exploring pop culture influences, issues of racial and sexual identity, and the varying subcultures that make up our diverse population.

  • Off Guard

    Off Guard: Street Photography
    from the Permanent Collection

    March 4 – May 22, 2011
    Blank One Gallery

    Off Guard highlights images of street photography of the 20th century generously donated to the Art Center by Jeff Perry.

  • Anselm Reyle

    Anselm Reyle

    January 28 – April 17, 2011
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    Anselm Reyle is a taxidermist. He breathes life into the exhausted or dormant visual motifs of Modernism and reenergizes these familiar forms to make them new.

  • Picasso


    January 28 – May 22, 2011
    Print Gallery

    This exhibition looks at and compares the wide array of artistic styles practiced by Picasso’s European and American contemporaries in and around the year 1911.

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner

    Henry Ossawa Tanner and his Contemporaries

    December 17, 2010 – February 27, 2011
    Blank One Gallery

    Henry Ossawa Tanner and his Contemporaries will highlight the groundbreaking achievements of this artist and place his work into context with artists of his era. It will also explore Tanner’s relationship with civic leaders in Des Moines, particularly J. S. Carpenter, a founding member of the Des Moines Art Center.

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