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Des Moines Art Center presents Of Our Time: Contemporary Art by Indigenous Artists from the Permanent Collections

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2019

For Immediate Release

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DES MOINES, IOWA (OCTOBER 2019) – On Friday, October 18 the Des Moines Art Center will open Of Our Time: Contemporary Art by Indigenous Artists from the Permanent Collections, which will be on view through January 5, 2020 in the Blank One Gallery. Curator Laura Burkhalter is organizing the exhibition. According to Burkhalter, “This exhibition not only illustrates that Indigenous artists have always been important voices in the contemporary art scene, but that those artists have had a presence in this collection for longer than most people might be aware of, and will hopefully be an even stronger presence moving forward.”

To accompany the Art Center’s upcoming exhibition Monument Valley, Of Our Time will feature work from the museum’s holdings by contemporary Indigenous artists. The title, taken from the Art Center’s mission statement, reflects our desire to acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous artists to contemporary art in previous decades, at this moment, and hopefully into the future. From the Pop Art-inspired works of Fritz Scholder to Duane Slick’s poetic reflections on prairie wildlife, this selection presents an array of subject matter and concerns, from historic conflict to environmental preservation. The exhibition will feature ledger drawings from the collections of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, offering contemporary takes from previous centuries. Works by Jaune Quick-to-see-Smith and Jason Garcia will also be on view, as well as a suite of recent accessions by Kent Monkman.

Related Program
Tandem Gallery Dialogue with Artist Duane Slick and Curator Laura Burkhalter
Thursday, December 26 / 6:30 pm
Blank One Gallery

About the Des Moines Art Center

Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists from the 19th century to the present, each through a seminal work. This accounts for an impressive collection that ranges from Edward Hopper’s Automat to Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, Henri Matisse’s Woman in White, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Lake No. 1, Francis Bacon’s Study after Velásquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, Bill Viola’s Ascension, and Cecily Brown’s Half-Bind.

The Art Center’s physical complex marries with the collection for a totally integrated experience. The collection is housed in three major buildings, each designed by a world-renowned architect – Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier. With the exception of special events, admission to the museum is free.

In September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. Philanthropists John and Mary Pappajohn have provided funding for and donated 28 sculptures by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to the Des Moines Art Center. The collection of sculptures by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Keith Haring, Ellsworth Kelly, Jaume Plensa, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, and Mark di Suvero, is the most significant donation of artwork to the Art Center in a single gift in the museum’s history. The Pappajohn Sculpture Park was created in collaboration with the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Art Center, and numerous corporate and private donors.

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