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  • Vibrations

    January 30 — May 7, 2010
    Print Gallery

     

     

 

  • Thomas Demand: Animations

    November 2 — December 16, 2012
    I. M. Pei building and Levitt Auditorium

     

    Thomas Demand (German, born 1964)
    Pacific Sun, 2012
    Video, 120 sec, stereo (Production Stills)




  • Iowa Artists 2012: Print

    October 5, 2012 — January 13, 2013
    Print and Blank One Galleries

     

    Alison Filley (Iowa City)
    Superficial, 2012 (detail)
    Screenprint on wall, synthetic raffia
    114 x 216 inches




  • Untitled (Structures)

    September 21, 2012 — January 27, 2013
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

     

    Leslie Hewitt (American, born 1977), Bradford Young (American, born 1977)
    Untitled (Structures), 2012; Dual channel video projection, 00:16:47:00
    35 mm film transferred to HD video; Produced by Karin Chien.

     



     
  • The Whole World Was Watching:
    Civil Rights-Era Photographs
    From The Menil Collection

    September 21, 2012 — January 6, 2013
    Lower galleries, Richard Meier building

     

    Dan Budnik
    March On Washington. Martin Luther King Jr. moments after delivering his "I HAVE A DREAM' speech, Lincoln Memorial, 1963 (Aug. 28) (c) Dan Budnik 1999 The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil
    Photo: © Hester + Hardaway Photographers Fayetteville Texa
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  • Single-channel 3: Heroic Efforts

    August 3 — October 28, 2012
    Video gallery, Richard Meier building

     

    Mark Newport (American, born 1964)
    Still from Heroic Efforts, 2009
    3 minutes 21 seconds
    Courtesy of the artist





     
  • Hornet's Nest
    Abstract Expressionists on Paper

    June 22 — September 23, 2012
    Print Gallery

     

    Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994)
    Untitled, 1963
    Three-color lithograph on paper; 22 1/4 x 30 inches
    Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections;
    Gift of Joel Wachs, 1976.97



  • Tony Feher

    May 11 — September 2, 2012
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

     

    Tony Feher (American, born 1956).
    Sharadiant, 2000
    Mop and broom handles: steel, bamboo, paint, and plastic; rope
    Approximately 97 inches in diameter, 1 1/4 inches high. © Tony Feher,
    courtesy The Pace Gallery and D’Amelio Terras, New York



     
  • Single-channel 3: Standing Here

    April 27 — July 29, 2012
    Video gallery, Richard Meier building

     

    Kate Gilmore (American, born 1975)
    Still from Standing Here, 2010
    Mixed media sculpture with video
    10 minutes 48 seconds
    Courtesy of the artist




  • Jackson Pollock: MURAL

    April 5 — July 15, 2012
    Blank One Gallery

     

    The Des Moines Art Center had the privledge of
    exhibiting Jackson Pollock's ground-breaking painting, Mural.


 

  • Delicacies

    February 10 — June 17, 2012
    Print Gallery

     

    Maria Sybylla Merian (Dutch, born Germany, 1647–1717)
    Caligo Butterfly, Wasp & Acenthacae, 1705 (detail)
    Engraving with hand-coloring; 12 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches
    Des Moines Art Center’s Louise Noun Collection of
    Art by Women through Bequest, 2003.335




  • Sideshow: Artists and the Circus

    February 10 — April 22, 2012
    Blank One Gallery

     

    Yasuo Kuniyoshi (American, born Japan, 1889-1953)
    Amazing Juggler, 1952 (detail)
    Oil on canvas; 65 3/8 x 40 1/8 inches
    Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections;
    Purchased with funds from the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 1954.24




  • Miguel Angel Rios: Walkabout

    February 2 — April 22, 2012
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

     

    Miguel Angel Rios (Argentinian, born 1943)
    Untitled #7 (Meta series), 2010
    Ink on cut out paper
    11 x 14 inches (28 x 35.5 cm)


 

  • Dario Robleto
    Survival Does Not Lie In The Heavens

    September 23, 2011 — January 15, 2012
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

     

    Dario Robleto (American, born 1972)
    The Common Denominator Of Existence Is Loss, 2008 (detail)
    50,000-year-old extinct cave bear paws, human hand bones, stretched and pulled audio tape of the earliest audio recording of time (experimental clock, 1878), 19th-century mourning ribbon, bocote, shellac, glass
    42 ¾ x 47 ½ x 47 ½ inches
    Collection of Nancy and Stanley Singer, East Hampton, New York



  • Vincent van Gogh
    and the Psychology of Portraiture

    October 7, 2011 — February 5, 2012
    Blank One Gallery

     

    Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
    Portrait of Dr.Gachet (L'Homme à la Pipe), May 25, 1890 (detail)
    Etching on paper, 13 7/8 x 10 3/8 inches
    Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collection; Purchased with funds
    from the Mildred M. Bohen Deaccession Fund and from funds given by
    Harriet Macomber in Memory of J. Locke Macomber, 2011.4

     


     
  • Black White Gray Blue

    September 23, 2011 — February 5, 2012
    Print Gallery

     

    Glen Ligon (American, born 1949)
    Untitled, from "Runaways," 1993 (detail)
    Lithograph on paper, 16 x 12 inches
    Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of The Bohen Foundation, New York, 1994.19.1




  • Single-channel 2: Keys To Our Heart

    January — December 2011
    Video gallery, Richard Meier building

     

    Kalup Linzy (American, born 1977)
    Keys To Our Heart, 2008
    DVD, 24 minutes
    Courtesy of the artist

     
     


     
     
  • Iowa Artists 2011: Matt Corones

    August 12 — October 2, 2011
    Lobby and I. M. Pei windows

     

    Matt Corones
    Aqua Night (Saarinen lobby), 2011
    Archival ink jet transparency film and ink
    15 feet x 21 feet, 3 inches

     



     
  • Iowa Artists 2011: Matthew Kluber

    August 12 — October 2, 2011
    Blank One Gallery

     

    Matthew Kluber
    Deeper into Movies II, 2011 (detail)
    Alkyd on aluminum, custom software, computer, digital projection
    44 x 96 inches
    Courtesy of the artist

     



     
  • Iowa Artists 2011: Stephanie Brunia

    June 3 — August 7, 2011
    Blank One Gallery

     

    Stephanie Brunia
    Untitled, 2008 (detail)
    Archival inkjet print, 10 x 30 inches
    Courtesy of the artist

     



     
  • The Fashion Show

    May 27 — September 18, 2011
    Print Gallery

     

    (Etcher) Jules Ferdinand Jacquemart (French, 1837-1880)
    (After) Antonio Moro (Dutch, 1521-1575)
    Élisabeth de Valois, Reine d'Espagne, (Elisabeth of Valois, Queen of Spain)
    1568, ca. 1870 (detail); etching on paper
    8 1/8 x 6 7/8 inches
    Des Moines Art Center; Richard and Kay Ward Colection, 2010.7



     
  • Surface Value

    May 6 — September 4, 2011
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

     

    Mickalene Thomas (American, born 1971)
    Don't forget about me (Keri), 2009 (detail)
    Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel
    84 x 72 inches
    Courtesy the Sender Collection
    Image courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

 
 

  • Off Guard: Street Photography
    from the Permanent Collection

    March 4 — May 22, 2011
    Blank One Gallery

     

    Larry Fink (American, born 1941)
    Studio 54, New York City, May 1977, printed 1983 (detail)
    Silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 inches
    Des Moines Art Center Permanet Collections
    Gift of Jeff Perry in honor of Myron and Jacqueline Blank, 2009.112


     
  • Anselm Reyle

    January 28 — April 17, 2011
    Anna K. Meredith Gallery

     

    Anselm Reyle (German, born 1970)
    Untitled, 2010
    Neon, cables, chains; dimensions variable
    Image courtesy of the artist



     
  • 1911

    January 28 — May 22, 2011
    Print Gallery

     

    Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
    Nature morte avec la bouteille de Marc, 1911 (detail)
    Drypoint on Arches wove paper
    26 5/8 x 18 3/8 inches
    Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections
    Purchased with funds from the Mildred M. Bohen
    Deaccessioning Fund, 2006.17



     
  • Henry Ossawa Tanner
    and his Contemporaries

    December 17, 2010 — February 27, 2011
    Blank One Gallery

     

    Henry Ossawa Tanner (American, 1859-1937)
    The Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water, ca. 1907 (detail)
    Oil on canvas; 51 1/2 x 42 inches
    Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the Des Moines Association of Fine Arts, 1921.1


      
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