Past Exhibitions - 2012

  • Thomas Demand

    Thomas Demand: Animations

    November 2 – December 16, 2012
    I. M. Pei building and Levitt Auditorium

    Thomas Demand: Animations is the artist’s first project to focus solely on his film or video works. Well known for his large-scale color photographs—which he creates by merging sculpture, architecture, and photography or film—Demand constructs life-size paper assemblages of architectural spaces where noteworthy events have taken place or sites that are familiar to the public through the popular media, such as newspapers or the Internet.

  • Iowa Artists 2012: Print

    Iowa Artists 2012: Print

    October 5, 2012 – January 13, 2013
    Print and Blank One Galleries

    Iowa Artists 2012: Print looks at some of the many ways 27 artists who currently live and work in Iowa use printing and printed elements in their work. These artists explore and exploit aspects inherent in print, using processes and materials old and new.

  • Structures

    Untitled (Structures)

    September 21, 2012 – January 27, 2013
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery


    Leslie Hewitt, in collaboration with cinematographer Bradford Young, presents the cinematic project Untitled (Structures). Hewitt’s conceptually-based work investigates the powerful way in which images resonate meaning over time and place.

  • The Whole World Was Watching

    The Whole World Was Watching:
    Civil Rights-Era Photographs From The Menil Collection

    September 21, 2012 – January 6, 2013
    Lower Meier Galleries

    This exhibition presents a selection of civil rights-era photographs from an extraordinary gift to the Menil Collection by Adelaide de Menil and Edmund Carpenter. The work, by Dan Budnik, Danny Lyon, Bruce Davidson, Leonard Freed, Bob Adelman, Charles Moore, and Elliott Erwitt, captures the profound changes taking place in the United States beginning in the 1960s.

  • Heroic Efforts

    Single-channel 3: time and circumstance
    mark newport / Heroic Efforts

    August 3 – October 28, 2012
    Video gallery, Richard Meier building

    The second work in this series, Mark Newport’s Heroic Efforts, 2009, pokes fun at our superhero obsessed culture, and explores the complex gender issues that surround heroism (the artist’s subject) and knitting (his medium of choice).

  • Hornet's Nest

    Hornet's Nest: Abstract Expressionists on Paper

    June 22 – September 23, 2012
    Print Gallery

    Arthur Deshaies’ relief engraving of a hornet’s nest, which suggested the title of this exhibition, is emblematic of the stinging combination that resulted when the fundamentally opposite early 20th-century Modernist strategies of Abstraction and Expressionism collided at midcentury to produce Abstract Expressionism.

  • Tony Feher

    Tony Feher

    May 11 – September 2, 2012
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    The Des Moines Art Center is pleased to present this survey dedicated to American artist Tony Feher. Organized by Chief Curator Claudia Schmuckli of the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, the exhibition and accompanying monograph represent the first attempt at a comprehensive, in-depth consideration of the artist’s career to date.

  • Kate Gilmore

    Single-channel 3: time and circumstance
    kate gilmore / Standing Here

    April 27 – July 29, 2012

    Single-channel 3: Time and Circumstance, will feature videos in which the artist undertakes some sort of task or challenge, often in a restricted time format. The first work in this series, Kate Gilmore’s Standing Here (2010), explores issues of feminism, artistic struggle, and desperation.

  • Jackson Pollack Mural

    Jackson Pollock: MURAL

    April 5 – July 15, 2012
    Blank Two Gallery

    On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, American Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock's Mural has been said to be one of the most important modern American paintings.

  • Delicacies


    February 10 – June 17, 2012
    Print Gallery

    Organized to celebrate the Art Center’s recent acquisition of a very rare experimental color etching, Chinese Arabesque with a Double Parasol by Anne Allen, an 18th-century British printmaker active in France, Delicacies presents a group of works from the permanent collection in which artists express a sense of fragility, grace, lightness, and weightlessness.

  • Kuniyoshi

    Sideshow: Artists and the Circus

    February 10 – April 22, 2012
    Blank One Gallery

    Throughout history, artists have been fascinated by the colorful costumes, flying acrobats, and exotic animals of the circus. This imagery held a particular interest for two pillars of Modernism: Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, who chose circus scenery as a vehicle for experiments in color, form, and abstraction.

  • Miguel Angel Rios

    Miguel Angel Rios: Walkabout

    February 2 – April 22, 2012
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    Since 2000, the New York- and Mexico City-based artist Miguel Angel Ríos has been creating haunting and poetic works in video and mixed media. Walkabout presents a selection of five video and multimedia installations along with paintings and works on paper that demonstrate his unique relationship to the South American and Mexican landscapes.

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