December 8, 2017 – March 25, 2018 Blank One Gallery
The Irrational and the Marvelous celebrates both Dada and Surrealism, featuring the work of Dada icons Marcel Duchamp and Hannah Höch, and surreal explorations by Roberto Matta and Dorothea Tanning, among others.
December 1, 2017 – March 25, 2018 John Brady Print Gallery
Larry Fink and Garry Winogrand were both actively taking photographs in New York City in the 1970s.
September 18, 2017 – January 21, 2018 Anna K. Meredith Gallery / Art Center lobby / I. M. Pei building / Richard Meier building
Drawing in Space includes the work of three artists and one artist collective: Dave Eppley (New York), Monika Grzymala (Berlin), Numen/For Use (Vienna, Zagreb), and Heeseop Yoon (New York).
October 19, 2017 – January 7, 2018 Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Gallery / Richard Meier building
Alex Prager creates new cinematic universes focused on intense emotion and epic themes such as obsession, disaster, and mortality.
August 25 – December 3, 2017 Blank One Gallery
Yun Shin’s subtle works on paper are created using repeated tracings of the same shapes, employing carbon paper, pin points, or oil paint stains.
August 18 – November 26, 2017 John Brady Print Gallery
Featuring works on paper, sculpture, and photography, the artworks in I, too, am America tackle issues that include the Civil Rights Movement, feminism, and LGBT rights, respectively.
September 20 – November 10, 2017 Tifereth Israel Synagogue
Monika Grzymala is the second Toni and Tim Urban International Artist-in-Residence. Funding for this residency was established in 2015 with the aim of bringing artists from foreign countries, particularly of Jewish heritage, to the Des Moines Art Center and the communities we serve.
July 20 – October 15, 2017 Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Gallery / Richard Meier building
As part of the Single-channel series Journeys into Peripheral Worlds, the Art Center presents Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu's The End of eating Everything (2013).
June 3 – September 3, 2017 Anna K. Meredith Gallery
Antique Abstraction highlights works from the museum’s collections made within five years of 1915 to celebrate this aesthetic breakthrough, which informed every art movement of the coming decades.
April 28 – August 30, 2017 Blank One Gallery
This selection of works from the Art Center’s collection focuses on figure studies, preparatory drawings, and quickly-done sketches.
April 21 – August 13, 2017 John Brady Print Gallery
Planetarium contains work from the Art Center’s permanent collections inspired by space.
May 4 – July 16, 2017 Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Gallery / Richard Meier building
Michael Najjar is an artist and Virgin Galactic Pioneer Astronaut with plans to travel into space with Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo in the near future.
February 11 – May 5, 2017 Anna K. Meredith Gallery
Alchemy brings together a group of international artists whose work incorporates gold (or another metal disguised as gold).
February 23 – April 30, 2017 Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Gallery / Richard Meier building
Our 2017 series, Journeys into Peripheral Worlds, features four artists—Ethan Murrow, Michael Najjar Wangechi Mutu, and Alex Prager—all of whom depict very different kinds of fantastic worlds.
January 20 – April 23, 2017 Blank One Gallery
Alberto Giacometti’s L’homme au doigt (Man Pointing), 1947, is a critical work in the Art Center’s collection, and a seminal expression of the artist’s existential view of humanity.
January 13 – April 16, 2017 John Brady Print Gallery
Prints, drawings, and sculpture from the Art Center’s permanent collection respond to nature and animals, but also investigate images of humans and human behavior, hybrids of both, and curious views of the city or mechanical structures.
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