Friday, February 9, 2024


5:00 - 7:00 pm

Event Details

Join us for the opening celebration of “States of Becoming.” The exhibition examines the dynamic forces of relocation, resettling, and assimilation that shape the artistic practices of a group of contemporary African artists working in the United States.

Be among the first to view the newest exhibition. Bring family and friends to kick off the evening with complimentary African flare cuisine served by Bah Kunda Kitchen. Sip on refreshments by Tangerine Food Co, and enjoy spectacular floral design by Wild Flower.

This event is free; registration is not required. This event will be documented with photography.

Gabriel C. Amadi-Emina
“Fade Catcher,” 2021
Diptych photographic print on museo silver rag adhered flat on wooden panel
Courtesy of the artist

“States of Becoming” is a traveling exhibition curated by Fitsum Shebeshe and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Lead funding is provided by the Hartfield Foundation as part of an initiative to support ICI’s commitment to new curatorial voices who will shape the future of the field, and ICI’s Curatorial Intensive alumni as they move through the stages of their career. “States of Becoming” is made possible with the generous support of ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum. Crozier Fine Arts is the Preferred Art Logistics Partner.

The presentation at the Des Moines Art Center has been organized in collaboration with Senior Curator Laura Burkhalter.

Additional support for this exhibition is provided by:


Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312 United States