• Art Students League of New York

    the art students league of new york

    November 13, 2018 – February 3, 2019
    John Brady Print Gallery

    This exhibition spotlights works on paper and prints from the Art Center’s permanent collection by more than twenty artists who either attended classes at the Art Students League, taught there, or both.

  • Iowa Artists 2018: Jen Bervin

    iowa artists 2018: jen bervin

    October 19, 2018 – January 27, 2019
    I. M. Pei building

    The Des Moines Art Center is pleased to premiere River by artist and poet, Jen Bervin, as part of the exhibition Iowa Artists 2018: Jen Bervin.

  • Neo Rauch

    neo rauch: aus dem boden / from the floor

    September 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    Neo Rauch is one of the best-known artists from the Leipzig school in Germany. His psychologically complex paintings have been widely collected and written about for more than twenty years. Neo Rauch: Aus dem Boden / From the Floor will be the first exhibition of his drawings in the United States. 

  • This Woman's Work

    this woman's work

    June 29 – October 7, 2018
    John Brady Print Gallery

    This Woman's Work explores images of women working through prints from various decades and centuries.

  • Sterling Ruby Ceramics


    June 9 – September 9, 2018
    I. M. Pei building

    Sterling Ruby’s areas of interest are numerous, and his artistic output is prodigious. Projects in fabric, including clothing, cast iron stoves, savaged submarines, prison buses, cardboard collages, and intimate drawings fill his studio. But sculptures in clay have long played a fascinating and primary position in his broader studio work.

  • In the Spirit of Louise Noun


    June 9 – September 2, 2018
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

    In the Spirit of Louise Noun features work from Louise Noun’s Collection of Art by Women as well as other works of art that amplify the subjects and themes found in the work collected by Noun.

  • Yayoi Kusama

    yayoi kusama

    March 30 – July 22, 2018
    Blank One Gallery

    This focused exhibition celebrates the Art Center’s collection of the artist’s work—four sculptures, and Pumpkin (L), the recent addition to the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

  • Grant Wood, Sultry Night


    March 30 – June 24, 2018
    John Brady Print Gallery

    Sultry Night: Selected Works by Grant Wood features the suite of nineteen lithographs Wood completed for the AAA, and, in addition, the rarely seen Sultry Night painting, on loan from Wisconsin.

  • Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967 – 2017


    February 17 – May 13, 2018
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery / Atrium and lower level of Richard Meier building

    Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967 – 2017 is a 50-year survey exhibition that considers the themes of action and exploration outside of the studio and how artists engage this theme in various ways, including walking, cartography, land use, endurance, and the consideration of public space.

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