Des Moines Art Center exhibition takes art outside the museum in Iowa Artists 2016: Alex Braidwood and Jordan Weber

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016

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Des Moines Art Center exhibition takes art outside the museum in Iowa Artists 2016: Alex Braidwood and Jordan Weber 

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 2016) – On Thursday, June 23 the Des Moines Art Center will open
Iowa Artists 2016: Alex Braidwood and Jordan Weber, which will be on view through October 9, 2016, in the Richard Meier building, lower galleries, and various off-site locations.

Iowa Artists 2016 goes outside the museum into unexpected places in our community. Throughout May, Alex Braidwood installed devices of his own invention to collect ambient sound in various urban locations. The project, titled Listen Right Here, makes us aware of the noise that surrounds us, encouraging us to notice a sensory experience often ignored. The collected data will be turned into a composition, debuting in the lower Meier galleries on June 23. On that same evening, Jordan Weber will premiere installations and performance in the Meier sunken courtyard and galleries. This project, which presents themes of labor, current economic and social issues, and the place of art in our lives, also includes an off-site abandoned house (visible from Keo Way, on the north edge of downtown Des Moines) modified by the artist in a manner inspired by the architecture of the Art Center. Weber’s exhibition, called Body Snatchers, ties divergent locations together in surprising ways, both personal and political.

Iowa Artists 2016: Alex Braidwood and Jordan Weber is organized by Laura Burkhalter, curator.

Related Programs

Opening Celebration
Thursday, June 23 / 5 – 7 pm
Meier Plaza and courtyard  / John and Mary Pappajohn Gallery
Music / cash bar / complimentary hors d’oeuvres

Artist Gallery Talk + Performance
Thursday, July 7
6:30 pm / Richard Meier sunken courtyard
7:45 pm / 1116 14th Place, Des Moines, 50314 (participants provide own transportation; street parking)
Jordan Weber will discuss his site-specific installations.

Artist Lecture + Gallery Q & A
Thursday, August 18 / 6:30 pm
Alex Braidwood will lead an illustrated talk about the making of his work followed by a gallery visit and Q & A.
This lecture is supported by The Margaret Ann (Dudie) Ash Fund. 

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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