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Des Moines Art Center adds docent-led tours in Spanish

Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jordan Powers
Tel: 515.271.0344

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DES MOINES, IOWA (DECEMBER 2019) – Beginning in January 2020, the Art Center will begin offering drop in docent-led tours in Spanish the first Saturday of each month. The tours will begin at 1 pm in the lobby, and last approximately 60 minutes. The tours are free to the public, and include the Art Center’s world-class permanent collections as well as special exhibitions.

“As the Art Center continues to evolve as a cultural and community resource, we are constantly looking for ways to improve access to the museum and facilitate meaningful art experiences,” said Jill Featherstone, director of education. “Recent progress on this front includes opportunities for the public to drop-in for guided visits of the museum on Saturdays and most Sundays, and I’m very pleased that we will now offer a monthly tour in Spanish. We hope this helps remove a barrier to entry for people who are interested in exploring the objects and ideas found in their Art Center.”

Also on Saturdays, Tangerine at the Art Center, the museum’s café, is open 11 am - 2 pm, and the Shop at the Art Center is open 11 am - 4 pm.


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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