Des Moines Art Center

Des Moines Art Center The Des Moines Art Center engages diverse local and international audiences with contemporary art through its museum and school. The Des Moines Art Center engages diverse local and international audiences with contemporary art through its museum and school, adding to the cultural record through collections and programs.

The Art Center offers free admission every day, which is supported by Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc. and Art Center members. The museum and its offices are closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.

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This holiday weekend experience our newest print exhibition ‘Manos: Selections of Latin American Art from the Des Moines...
05/29/2021
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This holiday weekend experience our newest print exhibition ‘Manos: Selections of Latin American Art from the Des Moines Art Center’s Collection.’

🔸 Plan Your Visit: https://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/reopening

Rufino Tamayo, “Peasant Women” (1940), gouache on paper; Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections. Photo: Rich Sanders The Des Moines Art Center and three local galleries have new ex…

For 21 years, the Day of the Dead at the Des Moines Art Center has been a way to honor and connect with Latinx members o...
05/27/2021

For 21 years, the Day of the Dead at the Des Moines Art Center has been a way to honor and connect with Latinx members of the community. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted the Latinx community, as well as other communities of color. This year, the Art Center is remembering the names, faces, and stories of Latinx Iowans who have lost their lives as a result of COVID-19 with Dia de los Muertos: Recuerdo. To be considered for a feature honoree video submissions are due by May 31.

Durante 21 años, el Día de Muertos en el Centro de Arte de Des Moines ha sido una forma de honrar y conectar con los miembros de la comunidad latina. La pandemia de COVID-19 ha impactado de manera desproporcionada a la comunidad latina, así como a otras comunidades de color. Este año, el Centro de Arte está recordando los nombres, rostros e historias de los latinos de Iowa que perdieron su vida como resultado del COVID-19 con Día de los Muertos: Recuerdo. Las aplicaciones deben presentarse antes el 31 de mayo para ser consideradas para el video destacado.

🔸 Submit: bit.ly/3utMsiD

For 21 years, the Day of the Dead at the Des Moines Art Center has been a way to honor and connect with Latinx members of the community. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted the Latinx community, as well as other communities of color. This year, the Art Center is remembering the names, faces, and stories of Latinx Iowans who have lost their lives as a result of COVID-19 with Dia de los Muertos: Recuerdo. To be considered for a feature honoree video submissions are due by May 31.

Durante 21 años, el Día de Muertos en el Centro de Arte de Des Moines ha sido una forma de honrar y conectar con los miembros de la comunidad latina. La pandemia de COVID-19 ha impactado de manera desproporcionada a la comunidad latina, así como a otras comunidades de color. Este año, el Centro de Arte está recordando los nombres, rostros e historias de los latinos de Iowa que perdieron su vida como resultado del COVID-19 con Día de los Muertos: Recuerdo. Las aplicaciones deben presentarse antes el 31 de mayo para ser consideradas para el video destacado.

🔸 Submit: bit.ly/3utMsiD

Registration is open for adult summer classes! Courses run for 6 to 8 weeks beginning the week of June 14. Onsite and vi...
05/25/2021

Registration is open for adult summer classes! Courses run for 6 to 8 weeks beginning the week of June 14. Onsite and virtual options are available. All classes will be held at the Art Center, unless marked with the "Virtual" icon in the catalog. Class sizes are extremely limited as we plan for continued social distancing measures. At this time, masks are required for all in-person classes.

Classes include drawing and painting, jewelry, stained glass, calligraphy, Art for the Curious, Photoshop, and photography.

👀 Explore adult art classes: bit.ly/34gG2Zp

Ready to register? As you explore classes simply click the orange, underlined course code and you'll be redirected to the registration page.

Registration is open for adult summer classes! Courses run for 6 to 8 weeks beginning the week of June 14. Onsite and virtual options are available. All classes will be held at the Art Center, unless marked with the "Virtual" icon in the catalog. Class sizes are extremely limited as we plan for continued social distancing measures. At this time, masks are required for all in-person classes.

Classes include drawing and painting, jewelry, stained glass, calligraphy, Art for the Curious, Photoshop, and photography.

👀 Explore adult art classes: bit.ly/34gG2Zp

Ready to register? As you explore classes simply click the orange, underlined course code and you'll be redirected to the registration page.

We are pleased to welcome Gordon Parks' "American Gothic, Washington, D.C." and "Untitled, Harlem, 1963" into the Des Mo...
05/24/2021

We are pleased to welcome Gordon Parks' "American Gothic, Washington, D.C." and "Untitled, Harlem, 1963" into the Des Moines Art Center’s permanent collections.

Gordon Parks is one of the most influential figures in 20th-century American Art. A self-taught photographer born in Kansas, Parks became an apprentice to Roy Stryker in the early 1940s and joined his group of Farm Securities Administration photographers alongside Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and others. During this time, Parks created "American Gothic, Washington D.C.," which would become his signature image. The title is inspired by Grant Wood’s "American Gothic," which would have been only around 10 years old at the time. The woman in the photo, Ella Watson, worked in the government building in which the FSA was headquartered. Parks would eventually creating a series based around her life and family. During WWII, Parks worked as an official war photographer, and then moved on to a long stint at LIFE magazine, becoming a sought-after fashion and portrait artist. He also continued making images of civil right figures and protests.

The second photograph, 'Untitled, Harlem, 1963,' was taken at a protest involving police violence. In the 1970s, Parks moved on to directing films, and was also a noted composer and writer who continued his creative output into his 90s. The Gordon Parks Foundation was established as a repository of information on his life’s work. There is a museum dedicated to him in his home state of Kansas, and his archives, records, and art works are part of the American public collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the National Film Registry.

These are the first works by Parks to enter the collections. Both works are on display in the Lower Meier Building at the Art Center

Born #onthisday in 1844, Mary Cassatt was a painter and printmaker active in Paris in the late nineteenth century. She w...
05/22/2021

Born #onthisday in 1844, Mary Cassatt was a painter and printmaker active in Paris in the late nineteenth century. She was an important member of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist circles. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.

Cassatt began making color prints after a large exhibition of Japanese woodcuts at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1890. This print was inspired by the compositions of Japanese artist Utamaro. She was excited by the distinctive palette and transparent color effects in the print. The work depicts two women, one holding a naked baby, in a walled garden with espaliered pears.

Mary Cassatt (American, active France, 1844 - 1926)
Gathering Fruit, ca. 1893
Drypoint, soft-ground etching and color aquatint on off-white, medium-weight, slightly textured laid paper
16 9/16 × 11 9/16 in.
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Mildred M. Bohen
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Born #onthisday in 1844, Mary Cassatt was a painter and printmaker active in Paris in the late nineteenth century. She was an important member of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist circles. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.

Cassatt began making color prints after a large exhibition of Japanese woodcuts at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1890. This print was inspired by the compositions of Japanese artist Utamaro. She was excited by the distinctive palette and transparent color effects in the print. The work depicts two women, one holding a naked baby, in a walled garden with espaliered pears.

Mary Cassatt (American, active France, 1844 - 1926)
Gathering Fruit, ca. 1893
Drypoint, soft-ground etching and color aquatint on off-white, medium-weight, slightly textured laid paper
16 9/16 × 11 9/16 in.
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Mildred M. Bohen
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

‘Manos: Selections of Latin American Art from the Des Moines Art Center’s Collection’ is on view in the John Brady Print...
05/20/2021

‘Manos: Selections of Latin American Art from the Des Moines Art Center’s Collection’ is on view in the John Brady Print Gallery. The exhibition includes figurative drawings by Diego Rivera and Francisco Zúñiga, etchings by Miguel Condé, as well as this work by Carlos Cruz-Diez. The artist's "Couleur additive" series of works on paper create kinetic and optic movement through distinct color combinations. Cruz-Diez calls these retinal disturbances "vibrations."

Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuelan, 1923 - 2019)
Couleur additive, Serie de 2 (Additive Color, Series of 2), 1981
Serigraph on paper
31 5/16 x 31 9/16 in.
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Sicardi Gallery, 2012.78
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

‘Manos: Selections of Latin American Art from the Des Moines Art Center’s Collection’ is on view in the John Brady Print Gallery. The exhibition includes figurative drawings by Diego Rivera and Francisco Zúñiga, etchings by Miguel Condé, as well as this work by Carlos Cruz-Diez. The artist's "Couleur additive" series of works on paper create kinetic and optic movement through distinct color combinations. Cruz-Diez calls these retinal disturbances "vibrations."

Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuelan, 1923 - 2019)
Couleur additive, Serie de 2 (Additive Color, Series of 2), 1981
Serigraph on paper
31 5/16 x 31 9/16 in.
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Sicardi Gallery, 2012.78
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Motivated high school students are invited to apply for Teen Arts Academy, a nine-month program designed to assist in th...
05/19/2021

Motivated high school students are invited to apply for Teen Arts Academy, a nine-month program designed to assist in the development of a college art portfolio. Students will have opportunities to work in a variety of art mediums and learn new and advanced techniques to grow their skill set. The program begins in September 2021 and runs through May of 2022.

The curriculum includes instructor-led classes, independent work days, class critiques, museum discussions, and guest artist sessions. Through a variety of resources students will build a cohesive body of work and gain the confidence to write and talk about their art.

🔷 Apply now: bit.ly/3oxhYuG

Motivated high school students are invited to apply for Teen Arts Academy, a nine-month program designed to assist in the development of a college art portfolio. Students will have opportunities to work in a variety of art mediums and learn new and advanced techniques to grow their skill set. The program begins in September 2021 and runs through May of 2022.

The curriculum includes instructor-led classes, independent work days, class critiques, museum discussions, and guest artist sessions. Through a variety of resources students will build a cohesive body of work and gain the confidence to write and talk about their art.

🔷 Apply now: bit.ly/3oxhYuG

Enrique Chagoya is a printmaker who uses familiar pop icons, such as Superman, to discuss complex issues. Interested in ...
05/19/2021
Print Club: Prints of Enrique Chagoya – An Overview - Des Moines Art Center

Enrique Chagoya is a printmaker who uses familiar pop icons, such as Superman, to discuss complex issues. Interested in learning more? Register for Prints of Enrique Chagoya – An Overview, hosted by the Des Moines Art Center Print Club. This free, virtual program will be held Tuesday, May 25 at 4:30 pm and will feature Sarah Kirk Hanley, leading expert on Chagoya's prints.

🔹 Register: https://my.desmoinesartcenter.org/9041/9802

Sarah Kirk Hanley, leading expert on Enrique Chagoya's prints, will give a special presentation on Enrique Chagoya's etchings, artist's books, monotypes, and lithographs. Chagoya was the 2008 Des Moines Art Center Print Club Commissioned Print Artist, and The Art Center holds several Chagoya prints....

{Exhibition Closing} 'The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art' will conclude its run in the Anna K. ...
05/16/2021

{Exhibition Closing} 'The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art' will conclude its run in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery on Sunday, May 23. Catch it before it's gone for good ... plan your visit now!

🔸https://my.desmoinesartcenter.org/events

{Exhibition Closing} 'The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art' will conclude its run in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery on Sunday, May 23. Catch it before it's gone for good ... plan your visit now!

🔸https://my.desmoinesartcenter.org/events

{Now Enrolling} Registration is open for adult summer classes! Courses run for 6 to 8 weeks beginning the week of June 1...
05/15/2021

{Now Enrolling} Registration is open for adult summer classes! Courses run for 6 to 8 weeks beginning the week of June 14. Explore a variety of mediums, including ceramics, painting, drawing, and more. 🖌️

Onsite and virtual options are available. Class sizes are extremely limited as we plan for continued social distancing measures. Masks are required for all in-person classes.

🔸Explore the catalog: bit.ly/3uQnI4R

Ready to register? Simply click the orange underlined course code and you'll be redirected to the registration page.

{Now Enrolling} Registration is open for adult summer classes! Courses run for 6 to 8 weeks beginning the week of June 14. Explore a variety of mediums, including ceramics, painting, drawing, and more. 🖌️

Onsite and virtual options are available. Class sizes are extremely limited as we plan for continued social distancing measures. Masks are required for all in-person classes.

🔸Explore the catalog: bit.ly/3uQnI4R

Ready to register? Simply click the orange underlined course code and you'll be redirected to the registration page.

While we evaluate our path forward considering the May 13 announcement from the CDC on masks and vaccination, the Art Ce...
05/14/2021

While we evaluate our path forward considering the May 13 announcement from the CDC on masks and vaccination, the Art Center’s current mask requirements will not change. Art Center staff is required to always wear masks when outside individual offices and visitors are required to wear a face covering while in the Art Center.

This is, of course, a rapidly changing situation. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates.

While we evaluate our path forward considering the May 13 announcement from the CDC on masks and vaccination, the Art Center’s current mask requirements will not change. Art Center staff is required to always wear masks when outside individual offices and visitors are required to wear a face covering while in the Art Center.

This is, of course, a rapidly changing situation. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates.

Join us Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 1:30 pm for the lecture Leonor Fini, Surrealist Troubadour. In this illustrated talk, A...
05/13/2021
Lecture: Leonor Fini, Surrealist Troubadour - Des Moines Art Center

Join us Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 1:30 pm for the lecture Leonor Fini, Surrealist Troubadour. In this illustrated talk, Alyce Mahon will consider the life and art of Leonor Fini, one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth-century. Once hailed as a “female troubadour,” Fini reverses traditional gender roles in her art, invariably portraying men as passive objects of desire and women as active, mythological heroines. Mahon will discuss the ways in which Fini presents a new female role model who is wise in love, witchcraft, and occultism.

🟠 Register today: https://my.desmoinesartcenter.org/9141/10010

Join us Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 1:30 pm CST for the lecture Leonor Fini, Surrealist Troubadour. In this illustrated talk, Alyce Mahon will consider the life and art of Leonor Fini (1907-1996), one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth-century. Once hailed as a “female troubadour”,...

For the last 21 years the Day of the Dead at the Des Moines Art Center has been a way to honor and connect with the Lati...
05/12/2021
Des Moines Art Center Honoring Latinx Iowans Who’ve Passed from COVID-19 with Day of the Dead Exhibit

For the last 21 years the Day of the Dead at the Des Moines Art Center has been a way to honor and connect with the Latinx members of our community. This year, the Art Center is remembering the names, faces, and stories of Iowans who have lost their lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted the Latinx community, as well as other communities of color.

Please submit the name of your loved one to be honored in our 2021 Day of the Dead celebration: bit.ly/3uHDqzu

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Durante los últimos 21 años, el Día de los Muertos en el Centro de Arte de Des Moines ha sido una forma de honrar y conectarnos,con los miembros latinos y latínx de nuestra comunidad. Este año, el Centro de Arte estará recordando los nombres, rostros e historias de los habitantes de Iowa que perdieron la vida como resultado de la pandemia del COVID-19, que ha impactado desproporcionadamente a la comunidad latina, así como a otras comunidades de color.

Por favor envíe el nombre de su ser querido para ser homenajeado en nuestra celebración del Día de los Muertos 2021: bit.ly/3uHDqzu

DES MOINES, Iowa– The Des Moines Art Center is getting a head start on creating its Day of the Dead exhibit and tradition that is celebrated in the fall. The Arts Center’s theme for the…

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loveandvalor.com Revised edition of Love and Valor - Intimate Civil War Letters Between Captain Jacob and Emeline Ritner. Publish date April 7, 2021. Models for the Monument honoring Iowa Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War Located in Des Moines, Iowa Anna and Ralph Crane Children of 2nd Lt. Baron Crane of the 25th IA Infantry; frequently mentioned in Love and Valor Neighbors of Monument Designer Harriet Ketcham Mamie Lincoln Granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln and Iowa Senator James Harlan, Daughter of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
2021 DuMA Biennial Call For Entry Now Open! The highly anticipated DUMA Biennial returns in 2021. The Dubuque Museum of Art organizes this popular, competitive juried exhibition every two years to recognize the quality and diversity of art and artists across our region. The 2021 DUMA Biennial juror is Laura Burkhalter, Curator at Des Moines Art Center. Founded in 2003, the DUMA Biennial is recognized as a premier juried exhibition opportunity in the heart of the Midwest. The exhibition brings together works by emerging and established artists from the region who are actively producing and presenting new work. Deadline to submit is Monday, March 29, 2021. Click link for more information and to submit: https://dbqart.org/biennial/
Thursday last week. Always a pleasurable visit which I look forward to when in the U.S.
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The Eliel Saarinen Building at The Des Moines Art Center. Built in 1948.
Textures The I.M. Pei Building at The Des Moines Art Center. Built in 1968.
Lines and Curves. The Richard Meier Building at The Des Moines Art Center. Built in 1985.
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Is it okay to come and take pictures at the day of the dead?
Passage of time in a photo. Bright sunlight, twilight, and night.