• Grant Wood, Sultry Night

    the elephant in the room: Animal as model

    February 28 – May 5, 2019
    John Brady Print Gallery

    The Elephant in the Room recognizes that animals are not human, regardless of how we capture them in art, but offer endless insight into the human condition. 

  • Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967 – 2017

    Susan Collis: Without You the world goes on

    January 26 – May 12, 2019
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery 

    Susan Collis: Without you the world goes on is the artist’s first museum exhibition in the United States. Collis’s works are about time, materials, labor, and value. They are replete with conceptual ideas and full of rich, poetic, intrinsic contradictions. 

Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967 – 2017


May 10 – August 4, 2019
John Brady Print Gallery 

This exhibition features remarkable prints and one drawing by German artist Lea Grundig (1906 – 1977), who was virtually the only artist, between 1933 and 1938, who dared disseminate a substantial body of anti-Nazi art while still living in Hitler's Germany.

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Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967 – 2017

Queer Abstraction

June 1 – September 8, 2019
Anna K. Meredith Gallery and I.M. Pei Building

Queer Abstraction will be the first exhibition in the Des Moines Art Center’s 70-year history to focus exclusively on queer subject matter. 

Monument Valley

October 5, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Anna K. Meredith Gallery

Monument Valley presents multiple views of the complicated construct that is the “American West.”  

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