Sunday, July 28, 2024


3:00 pm

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Iowa’s 2023 census data cites that of the 3,207,004 people in the state, 84.4% or 2,702,598 of the population are white. Growing up in a state with such low rates of racial diversity is an experience shared by artist b. Robert Moore (Des Moines, IA) and investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones (Waterloo, IA) and has been a catalytic factor in their pursuits to bring wider and more nuanced stories of our American history to the fore. Join these two speakers and the Des Moines Art Center for a conversation surrounding these dynamics and their impact.

b. Robert Moore is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist who is heavily influenced by socio-political events, cultural criticism, and collective identity related to the African American experience. He is the featured artist in the Art Center’s 2024 Iowa Artists exhibition series.

Nikole Hannah-Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of “The 1619 Project” and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. Her books, “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story,” and the children’s book, “The 1619 Project: Born on the Water,” have topped The New York Times best seller list. Her “1619 Project” is now a six-part docuseries on Hulu and won the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. She has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards, and the National Magazine Award three times.

“I see my work as forcing us to confront our hypocrisy, forcing us to confront the truth that we would rather ignore.” – Nikole Hannah-Jones

This event is free; registration is required. Image: Left – b. Robert Moore. Photo by Andrew Sans. Right – Nikole Hannah-Jones. Photo by James Estrin.

Generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All programs.


Levitt Auditorium
4700 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312 United States