Past Exhibitions – 2017

  • The Irrational and the Marvelous

    thE IRRATIONAL AND THE MARVELOUS

    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.

  • Fink / Winogrand

    FINK / WINOGRAND

    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. 

  • Drawing in Space Numen/For Use

    DRAWING IN SPACE

    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).

  • Alex Prager La Petite Mort

    SINGLE-CHANNEL 7: JOURNEYS INTO PERIPHERAL WORLDS
    ALEX PRAGER / LA PETITE MORT

    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.

  • Iowa Artists 2017 Yun Shin

    IOWA ARTISTS 2017: yUN sHIN

    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.

  • I, too, am America

    i, too, am america

    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.

  • Monika Grzymala

    toni and tim urban international artist in residence: monika grzymala

    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.

  • The End of eating Everything Wangechi Mutu

    SINGLE-CHANNEL 7: JOURNEYS INTO PERIPHERAL WORLDS
    wangechi mutu / the end of eating everything

    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).

  • Ruptures

    RUPTURES

    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.

  • Studies, Drafts, Sketches

    STUDIES, DRAFTS, SKETCHES

    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.

  • Planetarium

    PLANETARIUM

    April 21 – August 13, 2017
    John Brady Print Gallery

    Planetarium contains work from the Art Center’s permanent collections inspired by space.

  • Michael Najjar

    SINGLE-CHANNEL 7: JOURNEYS INTO PERIPHERAL WORLDS
    MICHAEL NAJJAR / vENTURES INTO 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.

  • Alchemy Transformations in Gold

    ALCHEMY: TRANSFORMATIONS IN GOLD

    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).

  • Single-channel 7: Murrow

    siNGLE-CHANNEL 7: JOURNEYS INTO PERIPHERAL WORLDS
    ETHAN MURROW / DUST

    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.

  • Giacometti

    GIACOMETTI

    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.

  • Wild Life

    WILD LIFE

    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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