Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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Contact: Barbara Briggie-Smith
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Des Moines Art Center receives grant award from Humanities Iowa

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 2016) – The Des Moines Art Center has received a grant award of $3,000 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of two lectures held in conjunction with the exhibition Glenn Brown, the first one-person museum exhibition in the U.S. of this London-based artist, opening at the Art Center May 21, 2016. Well known across the globe, Brown has exhibited widely, including museum group shows in L.A. and Chicago. He was a candidate for Britain’s Turner Prize in 2000, and also participated in the 2003 Biennale di Venezia.

The first lecture will take place on May 19 at 6:30 pm in Levitt Auditorium and feature a conversation between the artist Glenn Brown and Art Center Director Jeff Fleming, who will dialogue with the artist about his work, concluding with a Q&A. James Clifton, Curator in Renaissance and Baroque Painting, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will also deliver a lecture on June 9, 6:30 pm, Levitt Auditorium, offering an art historical perspective on the exhibition. Both lectures are FREE and open to the public. This Humanities Iowa grant enables the Art Center to further increase and promote accessibility to quality art education for all walks of life

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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