Des Moines Art Center receives grant award from Humanities Iowa

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017

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Des Moines Art Center receives grant award from Humanities Iowa 

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 2017) – 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 three lectures/talks held in conjunction with the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, an exhibition that will bring together a group of international artists whose work incorporates gold or another metal disguised as gold. Alchemy opens at the Art Center February 11 and will be on display through May 5, 2017.

The first lecture will take place February 2 at 6:30 pm in Levitt Auditorium and will feature Rachel Sussman, one of the artists whose work will be on display. The second presentation, a Tandem Gallery Dialogue between curator of the exhibition Laura Burkhalter and Jelena Bogdanovic, associate professor at Iowa State University, will take place March 12 at 1:30 pm in Blank One Gallery. On Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm, an Artist Discussion featuring Luis Gispert, Charles Lindsay, and Curator Laura Burkhalter will be held in Levitt Auditorium. All three talks are FREE and open to the public, reservations required for the February 2 and March 30 events (visit for more information). 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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