Past Exhibitions - 2014

  • Warhol Electric Chair

    15 Minutes in Des Moines:
    The Art Center Collects Andy Warhol

    September 18, 2014 – March 8, 2015
    Blank One Gallery

    Since 1971, the Des Moines Art Center has acquired 70 works by Andy Warhol, all through gifts or gifted funds. These works represent both noted series and individual works, ranging from the 1960s to the 1980s.

  • Goncharova Doomed City

    From Icon to Abstraction:
    Goncharova, Kruchenykh ± Rozanova and The Great War

    September 26, 2014 – February 15, 2015
    John Brady Print Gallery

    Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Russian neo-Primitivist artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) created a series of 14 black-and-white crayon lithographs titled “War: Mystical Images of War.” Her prints are rooted in the imagery of Russian icons, history, Apocalypse imagery, folk art, and contemporary warfare.

  • Mitchell Squire

    Iowa Artists 2014: Mitchell Squire
    I Like It Here!

    October 31, 2014 – February 8, 2015
    Lower level, Richard Meier building

    Iowa Artists 2014 features the work of Ames-based artist Mitchell Squire. Squire’s unique combination of found-object installation, sculpture, and performance has not only been shown throughout Iowa, but at New York’s CUE Art Foundation and London’s White Cube Gallery.

  • Halston and Warhol

    Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede

    September 19, 2014 – January 19, 2015
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede explores the creativity and friendship between two of the most iconic figures of contemporary American fashion and art. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Halston and Warhol will consist of original paintings, works on paper, clothes, and ephemera by the two men.

  • From Speaker to Receiver


    June 13 – August 24, 2014
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    From Speaker to Receiver seeks to explore the role of spoken and written communication as a catalyst for social agency in a world radically altered by digital information and social networking.

  • Dancers


    June 20 – September 12, 2014
    Blank One Gallery

    Dancers features work from the Art Center's permanent collections, including work by Winslow Homer, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Henri Matisse, among others.

  • Single-channel 5


    June 20 – October 19, 2014
    Video Gallery, Richard Meier building

    Single-channel is a program dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of important single- channel video by contemporary artists. Each year-long series is dedicated to a specific theme explored in unexpected and surprising ways by artists from around the world.

  • Matisse: Jazz

    Matisse: Jazz

    May 23 – September 21, 2014
    John Brady Print Gallery

    Arguably one of the most beloved works of 20th-century art, the spontaneity, inventiveness, and pure, intensely pigmented color of Henri Matisse’s “Jazz” portfolio projects a joyous sense of freedom. The 20 images in the portfolio were based on collages Matisse made by cutting sheets of vividly colored painted paper with scissors when, as an invalid, he could no longer paint.

  • Jesper Just: This Is a Landscape of Desire

    March 7 – May 25, 2014
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery and Video gallery, Richard Meier building

    Jesper Just (born 1974 in Copenhagen) has won international acclaim for his visually beguiling videos. Preferring a process more aligned with the cinematic to a low-fi aesthetic or documentary one, Just creates choreographed and grand works of art.

  • Unearthed

    Photographed Landscapes from the
    Art Center's Permanent Collection

    February 14 – June 1, 2014
    Blank One Gallery

    The concept of landscape, whether depicted in straightforward documentation or manipulated and altered into unrecognizability, is something nearly every artist has considered throughout time. For some, their natural surroundings serve only as inspiration, while others eventually take landscape as their great subject.

  • Etchasketchathon


    January 17 – May 18, 2014
    John Brady Print Gallery

    Working as an artistic duo, contemporary British artists and brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman attack human depravity and cruelty with some of the most gory but witty art of our time. Intentionally adopting a strategy of “tastelessness” in order to shock viewers with their outrage, they nevertheless manage to amuse.

  • Adel Abidin


    July 12 – September 8, 2013
    Video gallery, Richard Meier building

    In Adel Abidin’s Symphony I, 2012, Abidin pays homage to Iraqi teenagers stoned to death by religious extremists in Baghdad. The figures in the video are immortalized as statues, icons, and even sacred figures with threads connecting each body by its mouth to the leg of a dove.

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