Edward Ruscha Big Dipper Over Desert

April 21 – August 13, 2017
John Brady Print Gallery

Planetarium contains work from the Art Center’s permanent collections inspired by space. Stars, planets, comets, and the moon have fascinated humans and artists throughout history, and in these works they are viewed from perspectives infused with spirituality, speculation and scientific analysis. Spanning centuries of work, images show a ship steering though a storm using the stars for guidance, while in another a human looks down through clouds at the tiny lights of a city far below. Albert Einstein, whose theories are indispensable to our understanding of space, time, and distance, is shown in two portraits.  Featured artists include Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol.

Planetarium was organized by Curator Laura Burkhalter.

Edward Ruscha (American, born 1937)
Big Dipper over Desert, 1982
Two-color aquatint over paper
Des Moines Art Center; Paul and Anastasia Polydoran Collection,
Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

entirely unexpected