Des Moines Art Center https://desmoinesartcenter.org/ Fri, 24 Mar 2023 15:43:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/cropped-des-moines-art-center-favicon-1-32x32.jpg Des Moines Art Center https://desmoinesartcenter.org/ 32 32 March 2023: Jen James https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/resources/march-2023-jen-james/ Fri, 24 Mar 2023 15:43:57 +0000 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/?p=5931 Art Center Member Jen James decided to bring a very special guest to join in her My Museum Monday experience, her daughter Jill. Jen and Jill took their time touring...

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Art Center Member Jen James decided to bring a very special guest to join in her My Museum Monday experience, her daughter Jill. Jen and Jill took their time touring the current exhibition “Art Center: 75 Years of Iowa Art.” They spent the most time studying the Women Artists in Iowa section (pictured), which features artists Elizabeth Catlett, Anna Gaskell, Ana Mendieta, and many more.

Jen and Jill then moved through the galleries of the Art Center, sharing their thoughts and impressions of different artworks together in the quiet peace of the closed museum. They witnessed staff members de-installing “Agricultural Building” by Red Grooms. This fun and whimsical artwork had not been on view since 1994. Art Center staff members shared information on the fascinating process of carefully dissembling and re-packing every piece. The installation crew typically does this type of work on Mondays when the museum is closed to the public, and it was a special treat for Jen and Jill to see part of this process during their My Museum Monday experience.

Thank you, Jen and Jill, for participating in My Museum Monday and continuing to support the Art Center!

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Prairie Cairn by Andy Goldsworthy (2002) https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/resources/prairie-cairn-by-andy-goldsworthy-2002/ Tue, 14 Mar 2023 18:14:00 +0000 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/?p=5835 Artist Andy Goldsworthy creates Prairie Cairn, 2001 at the Conrad Environmental Research Area, Newton, Iowa and discusses the larger project titled “Three Cairns,” of which this piece is a first...

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Artist Andy Goldsworthy creates Prairie Cairn, 2001 at the Conrad Environmental Research Area, Newton, Iowa and discusses the larger project titled “Three Cairns,” of which this piece is a first step. “Three Cairns” is cross-continental project by Goldsworthy, initiated by the Des Moines Art Center and organized in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California, and the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York.

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February 2023: Jonney Ambrose https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/resources/february-2023-jonney-ambrose/ Thu, 09 Mar 2023 18:43:33 +0000 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/?p=5817 Jonney Ambrose was the first member to participate in My Museum Monday during our 75th Anniversary year. “I so enjoyed my time at My Museum Monday—I wanted to say thank...

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Jonney Ambrose was the first member to participate in My Museum Monday during our 75th Anniversary year. “I so enjoyed my time at My Museum Monday—I wanted to say thank you!” Jonney told us. “I saw this time as a personal time for sketching, with the opportunity to experience the galleries in their own unique energies. I am so glad I applied; the experience was very inspirational.”

Jonney chose to sketch in the lower Pei gallery, overlooking the rose gardens on a calm February morning. He shared the space with Red Grooms’ “Agricultural Building,” an Iowa State Fair inspired sculpture that was on view for the “Art Center: 75 Years of Iowa Art” exhibition. Then Jonney decided to walk through the other galleries, taking in new and familiar artworks at his own pace. “The variety of work in the Des Moines Art Center’s collections includes full-on, world-class artists and masterpieces, all presented in a magical setting of architectural light and beauty.”

We are delighted that Jonney enjoyed his My Museum Monday experience and was able to find some new inspiration for his work. “The Des Moines Art Center supports inspiration, future, and creative awareness of the Arts for my community, and I support those efforts through my membership. I am so impressed with the Art Center’s focus on youth and adult education, I make a stand in support.”

Thank you, Jonney, for participating in My Museum Monday and continuing to support the Art Center as a member!

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December 2022: Jody Gifford https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/resources/december-2022-jody-gifford/ Fri, 10 Feb 2023 15:19:54 +0000 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/?p=5666 Jody Gifford applied to My Museum Monday after reading about it in the Art Center newsletter. She wanted to use her time in the galleries to write in complete silence....

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Jody Gifford applied to My Museum Monday after reading about it in the Art Center newsletter. She wanted to use her time in the galleries to write in complete silence. Jody described her desire to apply: “To understand this request is to understand that my life is full of noise. I’m a mom of three busy teenagers, I have a full-time job, I volunteer with several non-profits, and I write professionally, and for fun. Writing in itself is an art form and I have always had to do it amidst lots of noise and activity. Rarely do I ever get the chance to sit quietly and just…write. Three hours in an empty art museum was literally going to be a dream come true.”

Jody spent the beginning of her experience wandering the galleries, studying different artworks up close, including works in the Alison Elizabeth Taylor exhibition in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery. Then Jody found the her place to write: “The perfect spot ended up being the Pei building, where I sat on the ledge overlooking the Rose Garden. I opened my laptop to start writing when it hit me—I couldn’t hear a thing. No footsteps, no voices, no sound of any kind. It was completely still. I closed my eyes, rested my head against the concrete pillar and took a breath. THIS was what I wanted. THIS was what I was craving.”

We are so glad that Jody was able to find tranquility during the My Museum Monday program and continues to support the Art Center through membership. “It wasn’t until I had a family that I realized how important it was to support the Art Center as a member. Until then, I’d always made small contributions when I visited, but stopped short of fully realizing how far my contributions could go. It took me a long time to understand that the Art Center needed my support if it was going to be around for my children (and theirs) to enjoy in the years to come.”

Thank you, Jody, for participating in My Museum Monday and continuing to support the Art Center as a member!

 

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Conversation with Jeff Fleming, John and Mary Pappajohn Director https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/resources/conversation-with-jeff-fleming-john-and-mary-pappajohn-director/ Thu, 09 Feb 2023 22:07:33 +0000 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/?p=5662 In this interview, Jeff Fleming talks about his nearly 25-year career at the Des Moines Art Center. Michael Morain, editor of Business Publications Corporation’s magazine division moderates. Art Center staff...

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In this interview, Jeff Fleming talks about his nearly 25-year career at the Des Moines Art Center. Michael Morain, editor of Business Publications Corporation’s magazine division moderates. Art Center staff members join Fleming on stage and recount memorable stories.

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“Commitment, Community, and Controversy: The Des Moines Art Center Collections” (1998) https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/resources/commitment-community-and-controversy-the-des-moines-art-center-collections-1998/ Tue, 07 Feb 2023 19:59:05 +0000 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/?p=5654 Interim Director M. Jessica Rowe leads a look at the 50th anniversary exhibition of the Des Moines Art Center, “Commitment, Community, and Controversy: The Des Moines Art Center Collections,” on...

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Interim Director M. Jessica Rowe leads a look at the 50th anniversary exhibition of the Des Moines Art Center, “Commitment, Community, and Controversy: The Des Moines Art Center Collections,” on view January 24 – May 10, 1998

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Des Moines Art Center: A History (2013) https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/resources/des-moines-art-center-a-history-2013/ Thu, 19 Jan 2023 16:01:03 +0000 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/?p=5393 In 2013 Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings, delivered a lecture on the history of the Des Moines Art Center from 1948 through 2012.

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In 2013 Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings, delivered a lecture on the history of the Des Moines Art Center from 1948 through 2012.

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Architectural Trinity: 50 Years of the Des Moines Art Center (1998) https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/resources/architectural-trinity-50-years-of-the-des-moines-art-center-1998/ Thu, 19 Jan 2023 15:57:46 +0000 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/?p=5390 In 1998, Cal Lewis (Architect/Principal at Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck) moderated a panel of experts who analyze the three generations of architectural responses that have gone into making the Des...

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In 1998, Cal Lewis (Architect/Principal at Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck) moderated a panel of experts who analyze the three generations of architectural responses that have gone into making the Des Moines Art Center such a significant piece of architecture. Each distinguished speaker delivered a talk and then assembled on stage for a moderated Q & A with Lewis and questions from the audience.

Panelists:
Franz Schulze, art historian, art critic, and Hollender Professor of Art Emeritus at Lake Forest College
Peter Papademetriou, educator, writer, and architect
Edmund N. Bacon, urban planner, architect, educator, author
I.M. Pei, world-renowned architect

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Eliot Nusbaum on Des Moines Art Center Architecture (1998) https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/resources/eliot-nusbaum-on-des-moines-art-center-architecture-1998/ Thu, 19 Jan 2023 15:49:52 +0000 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/?p=5381 During the Art Center’s 50th anniversary, Eliot Nusbaum, Architecture Editor of Traditional Home Magazine, speaks about the unique achievement of twentieth century architecture, a collaboration by three of the most...

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During the Art Center’s 50th anniversary, Eliot Nusbaum, Architecture Editor of Traditional Home Magazine, speaks about the unique achievement of twentieth century architecture, a collaboration by three of the most noteworthy architects of modern times, Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei , and Richard Meier.

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The Creation of “Greenwood Pond: Double Site” by Artist Mary Miss located in Greenwood Park (1999) https://desmoinesartcenter.org/art/resources/mary-miss-greenwood-pond-double-site-located-in-greenwood-park-1999/ Thu, 19 Jan 2023 15:49:12 +0000 https://desmoinesartcenter.org/?p=5384 Summary of the creation of the site-specific artwork “Greenwood Pond: Double Site” featuring the artist Mary Miss, among other key stakeholders involved with the project.

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Summary of the creation of the site-specific artwork “Greenwood Pond: Double Site” featuring the artist Mary Miss, among other key stakeholders involved with the project.

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