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.
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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.

{Call for artists} This September marks the 10th anniversary of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and we can't celebrate wit...
05/19/2019

{Call for artists} This September marks the 10th anniversary of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and we can't celebrate without you! We invite you to participate in Sculpting Our Community, a showcase of your artwork, celebrating the first decade of the Sculpture Park. Everyone is encouraged to create art in any media inspired by the sculptures.

Learn more: bit.ly/2VKNv1e

As we reflect on the life and impact of I.M. Pei, we feel his legacy will forever be intertwined with our history. These...
05/17/2019

As we reflect on the life and impact of I.M. Pei, we feel his legacy will forever be intertwined with our history. These photos were published in the July 1968 Des Moines Art Center newsletter, during the construction of the I.M. Pei building, with this caption:

"Art Center visitors who have shared the noise, dust and vibrations of the building construction have shared also the excitement of seeing it take form. While the exterior is readily available for examination and 'side-walk supervision,' the interior will be 'off limits' until the formal opening in early October. The accompanying interior construction views serve as a harbinger of what is to come. May we suggest that Art Center members keep their calendars clear for the first week end in October."

You can learn more about the I.M. Pei building in our Des Moines Art Center Architecture Guide: bit.ly/2Eghvai

I.M. Pei has died at 102. We’re honored the I.M. Pei building stands as a testament to his vision and ingenuity. “Th...
05/17/2019
I.M. Pei, Pioneering Architect Who Designed Iconic Louvre Pyramid, Dies at 102

I.M. Pei has died at 102. We’re honored the I.M. Pei building stands as a testament to his vision and ingenuity.

“Though his early work included several high-rise projects, he later became known for his creative museum designs. In the late 1960s, he completed the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, the Everson Museum of Art in New York and the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, before working on the Louvre, the National Gallery of Art and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.”

His influential structures sparked both awe and controversy

Thank you, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine for the kind words. We'll gladly accept the title of "architectural jewel of the city."
05/16/2019
Des Moines: Heck Yeah!

Thank you, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine for the kind words. We'll gladly accept the title of "architectural jewel of the city."

A visit to the design capital of Iowa is not a joke.

C-SPAN is celebrating their 40th birthday at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Stop by Wednesday, May 15 from 11:30 am - 1 p...
05/15/2019

C-SPAN is celebrating their 40th birthday at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Stop by Wednesday, May 15 from 11:30 am - 1 pm, for birthday treats and beverages for all visitors.

The C-SPAN Bus will be parked at between Locust and Grand. The bus is an interactive, multimedia mobile classroom that travels the country to engage with community members and elected officials, showcasing C-SPAN's public affairs programming and resources.

Skies are blue and nature is calling you! This Saturday, welcome warmer weather at our Family Workshop: Nature Mandala P...
05/14/2019
Family Workshop: Nature Mandala Prints - Des Moines Art Center

Skies are blue and nature is calling you! This Saturday, welcome warmer weather at our Family Workshop: Nature Mandala Prints. Spend the morning collecting nature objects and using them to make unique monoprints of your mandala.

Search and explore in the Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden and in Greenwood Park for leaves, petals, and plants to design a beautiful mandala and learn about balance and symmetry. Collect nature objects and use them to make unique monoprints of your mandala.

05/12/2019

In celebration of #MothersDay we’re doing a head-to-head of Jean Charlot’s works, both appropriately titled Mother and Child. It just goes to show that motherhood is no easy task. Which piece gets your vote?

Did you miss one of the #entirelyunexpected speakers at the Art Center? You're in luck! You can now stream webcasts from...
05/12/2019

Did you miss one of the #entirelyunexpected speakers at the Art Center? You're in luck! You can now stream webcasts from the Fingerman Lecture Series any time, any place! Check out our selection of lectures now: bit.ly/2vSom52

We are proud to offer Art Spectrums, a free sensory-friendly program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art ...
05/11/2019
Des Moines metro libraries curb noise, dim lights to better serve patrons with autism

We are proud to offer Art Spectrums, a free sensory-friendly program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.

Participants visit and discuss a work of art in the museum for inspiration and then make their own artwork in the studio. Register today: bit.ly/2VOtcPF

Nine metro libraries are offering quiet browsing hours with special activities for people with sensory sensitivities.

Want to learn a new skill this summer? Summer art classes aren't just for kids!  Scroll through our gallery and learn mo...
05/10/2019

Want to learn a new skill this summer? Summer art classes aren't just for kids! Scroll through our gallery and learn more about our adult course offerings.

Don't miss the sale at The Shop at the Art Center this Thursday, May 9. Members enjoy 25% off and non-members receive 10...
05/08/2019

Don't miss the sale at The Shop at the Art Center this Thursday, May 9. Members enjoy 25% off and non-members receive 10% off from 5 - 9 pm (some exclusions apply).

As if the savings wasn't enough, there will be entertainment and light refreshments from 5-7 pm. Mark your calendar: bit.ly/2Vka0cM

Applications for the Queer Abstraction Celebration pop-up installation are due at midnight on Monday, May 13. Don't wait...
05/07/2019

Applications for the Queer Abstraction Celebration pop-up installation are due at midnight on Monday, May 13. Don't wait, submit your application today: bit.ly/2ZmddHj

Experience #1: INTERACTIVE ART ACTIVITY
The Art Center seeks LGBTQ identifying artists or performers identifying as LGBTQ to create an art activity to engage guests of all ages in the museum lobby.

Experience #2: POP-UP INSTALLATION
The Art Center seeks an LGBTQ identifying artist or artist collective to create an immersive pop-up installation for guests to commemorate their Queer Abstraction experience.

What a fun week! Salon 4700 was treated to an open house at Yorame Mevorach’s new studio, and Art Noir broke a sweat o...
05/06/2019

What a fun week! Salon 4700 was treated to an open house at Yorame Mevorach’s new studio, and Art Noir broke a sweat on the Art Center grounds. Two #entirelyunexpected ways to view art in a whole new light.

05/04/2019

Today would be Keith Haring’s 61st birthday. In his honor, tell us which of his works at the Art Center is your favorite:

The United Nations recognizes May 3rd as World Press Freedom Day. It was established to raise awareness for the importan...
05/04/2019

The United Nations recognizes May 3rd as World Press Freedom Day. It was established to raise awareness for the importance of freedom of the press, and to remind governments of their duty to uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In exactly one week, Lea Grundig’s Anti-Fascist Art opens. This exhibition features remarkable prints by German artist Lea Grundig, who was virtually the only artist, between 1933 and 1938, who dared disseminate a substantial body of anti-Nazi art while still living in Hitler's Germany. Following Hitler's 1933 election as Chancellor of Germany, Grundig courted her own death by acquiring a small etching press and pulling editions that never exceeded five impressions; ultimately, circulating hundreds of drypoints that broadcast the truth about Nazi Germany.

This exhibition will feature Grundig's works from the 1930's, and will be accompanied by works in the Art Center's collections by artists such as Ernst Barlach, Otto Dix, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, and others, who inspired her when she began studying art in the 1920s. We are grateful to all the artists and visionaries who have used their creative platform to enact social change and express civil unrest. #WPFD2019 #PressFreedom

Lea Grundig, (German, 1906 - 1977)
Kinder spielen Erschießen (Children Play War), plate 4 from the series "Unterm Hakenkreuz (Under the Swatstika)," 1934
Drypoint on heavy cream wove paper
Plate: 5 3/8 x 9 13/16 inches
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Edmunson Art Foundation, Inc., 2018.19

The Art Center and the Sculpture Park? Sounds like the perfect day to us!
05/03/2019
24 Hours in Des Moines, Iowa – Design Sponge

The Art Center and the Sculpture Park? Sounds like the perfect day to us!

Thanks to some traveling (i.e. perspective), and his commitment to being more of a tourist in his own town, over the years, Evan has come to appreciate Des Moines for how accessible, innovative, and welcoming it is to new ideas.

Join Ben “Good Vibes” Spellman for a yoga practice that emphasizes dismissing judgment, breaking down barriers, and ...
05/02/2019

Join Ben “Good Vibes” Spellman for a yoga practice that emphasizes dismissing judgment, breaking down barriers, and producing positive energy. Extend these virtues for a brief museum tour where we'll practice the art of learning to share our observations, thoughts, and questions. Reserve your space for Yoga + Gallery Dialogue on May 11: bit.ly/2vzqgro

Happy #InternationalDanceDay! Strike a pose at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park with Keith Haring's "Untitled (Three Dancing...
04/30/2019

Happy #InternationalDanceDay! Strike a pose at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park with Keith Haring's "Untitled (Three Dancing Figures, version C)." While you're there, enjoy our updated Exploration Guide: bit.ly/2vsTU1f

Keith Haring (American, 1958 - 1990)
Untitled (Three Dance Figures, version C), 1989, fabricated 2009
painted aluminum
120 × 135 × 125 in. (304.8 × 342.9 × 317.5 cm.)
3500 lb. (1587.6 kg.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from John and Mary Pappajohn, 2010.116
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Due to popular demand, we are offering docent-led tours on select Sundays! Join us tomorrow, April 28 at 1 pm for an #en...
04/28/2019
Art Center Drop-in Tour - Des Moines Art Center

Due to popular demand, we are offering docent-led tours on select Sundays! Join us tomorrow, April 28 at 1 pm for an #entirelyunexpected tour of the Art Center’s world-renowned collection and award-winning architecture.

Stop in for a conversational docent-led exploration of the Art Center’s world-renowned collection and award-winning architecture.

April 26 is #LesbianVisibilityDay, an annual day to celebrate, recognize, and bring visibility to lesbians. Rosa Bonheur...
04/27/2019

April 26 is #LesbianVisibilityDay, an annual day to celebrate, recognize, and bring visibility to lesbians. Rosa Bonheur was a French artist, known for her artistic realism. She was widely considered to be the most famous female painter during the nineteenth century. She was openly a lesbian, and lived with her first partner, Nathalie Micas, for over 40 years until Micas' death.

You can view Bonheur's "Sheep (Study)" in our current exhibition "The Elephant in the Room." Don't delay, this exhibition will only be in the John Brady Print Gallery until May 5.

Artist:Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822 - 1899)
Sheep (Study), n.d.
conte crayon on paper
Sheet: 5 15/16 × 7 3/4 in. (15.1 × 19.7 cm.)
Credit Line:Des Moines Art Center; Mildred M. Bohen Collection, 1983.14

She's not a regular mom, she's a cool mom! So treat her to an #entirelyunexpected Mother's Day of art making. Learn to w...
04/26/2019

She's not a regular mom, she's a cool mom! So treat her to an #entirelyunexpected Mother's Day of art making. Learn to water-felt wool into beads that can be strung into a necklace or turned into earrings. Register now: bit.ly/2L4aEXr

Can't wait for the Queer Abstraction Celebration on June 1? Pick up the latest dsm Magazine for insights into our upcomi...
04/24/2019
‘Queer Art’ Reframed

Can't wait for the Queer Abstraction Celebration on June 1? Pick up the latest dsm Magazine for insights into our upcoming exhibition. The Q&A, featuring assistant curator Jared Ledesma, will expound upon definitions of both "queer" and of "abstraction."

Des Moines Art Center exhibit explores the work, and influence, of LGBTQ artists.

"Of course, animals have provided humans with food, shelter, heat and cooking fuel. Why would early artists look anywher...
04/24/2019
The intermingled destinies of animals

"Of course, animals have provided humans with food, shelter, heat and cooking fuel. Why would early artists look anywhere else for inspiration? Such thoughts come to mind while viewing “The Elephant in the Room: Animal as Model.” This is the latest exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center through May 5."

“The Elephant in the Room: Animal as Model” is the latest exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center. Walton Ford (American, born 1960). Dying Words, 2005. Six-plate hardground etching, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, and drypoint on paper. Sheet: 22 5/8 x 30 inches. Plate: 13 7/8 x 17 7/8 inches. De...

Happy #EarthDay2019! Russell Cowles’ work depicts a gorgeous pastoral landscape, appropriately titled “The Rich Eart...
04/23/2019

Happy #EarthDay2019! Russell Cowles’ work depicts a gorgeous pastoral landscape, appropriately titled “The Rich Earth.” We hope each of you are able to take a moment and appreciate the abundant beauty nature provides.

Russell Cowles (American, 1887 - 1979)
The Rich Earth, 1942
oil on canvas
Overall: 25 x 38 in. (63.5 x 96.5 cm.)
Credit Line:Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Florence LeCron Jurs, Oakland, California and Mary LeCron Foster, Berkeley, California, 1964.69
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

In celebration of the talent and creativity of our local LGBTQ arts community, we invite LGBTQ identifying artists and p...
04/22/2019

In celebration of the talent and creativity of our local LGBTQ arts community, we invite LGBTQ identifying artists and performers, working solo or collaboratively, to submit a proposal for one of two pop-up art experiences for the Queer Abstraction Celebration. Interested in leading an interactive art activity or designing an original pop-up installation for the exhibition opening? Apply today: bit.ly/2ZmddHj

You only have 2 more weeks to view The Elephant in the Room. The exhibition recognizes that animals are not human, regar...
04/21/2019

You only have 2 more weeks to view The Elephant in the Room. The exhibition recognizes that animals are not human, regardless of how we capture them in art, but offer endless insight into the human condition.

Next week you can join in community story sharing inspired by the art of The Elephant in the Room. Join us April 28 at noon for Animal Tales in the John Brady Print Gallery to share your favorite animal story in a small group setting. Learn more: bit.ly/2Gj5ZuQ

#EarthDay2019 is Monday, April 22. We're closed on Monday, but you can shop eco-friendly products all weekend long at Th...
04/20/2019

#EarthDay2019 is Monday, April 22. We're closed on Monday, but you can shop eco-friendly products all weekend long at The Shop at the Art Center. We have everything from market totes and bamboo bowls to reusable notebooks and great reads on living a green life.

Based in Cedar Falls, Noah Doely produces work focused on science and the history of visual perception, as well as the o...
04/18/2019
Iowa Arts Council

Based in Cedar Falls, Noah Doely produces work focused on science and the history of visual perception, as well as the origins of photography, myth, and the world. This exhibition, which runs June 21 - October 13, features photographs from Noah Doely’s Above & Below series, which look like subaqueous caves illuminated by rays of light.

Congratulations to Des Moines Art Center 2019 Iowa Artist Noah Doely! 🙌 Mark your calendar for the Artist Talk + Public Reception on Friday, June 21 + stop by the exhibition June 21-Oct. 13.

Image: Noah Doely, Untitled #9, from the series “Above & Below," 2014
#iowaarts #iowaculture #iacfellow

Do you know an exceptional teenager ready to change the world? The Art Center offers Art and Activism: Free Weekend Work...
04/18/2019
Art and Activism: Free Weekend Workshops for Teens - Des Moines Art Center

Do you know an exceptional teenager ready to change the world? The Art Center offers Art and Activism: Free Weekend Workshops for Teens.

Teens are invited to join like-minded peers in this program designed to inspire growth, confidence, and curiosity through the investigation of contemporary art and social justice issues. Experience the museum in unique and unexpected ways; participate in gallery activities, explore topics in social issues through art, and learn about careers in the museum and art fields. Apply today!

Explore history through the lens of women’s rights and the ways artists have used art as a form of advocacy. Dive into the women’s rights movement and the current challenges of equity through group discussions. Find inspiration in the museum and the work of female artists and create art as a res...

See you tomorrow for Baby + Me. Parents are encouraged to bring their infants (pre-walkers) to a free, drop-in gallery t...
04/17/2019

See you tomorrow for Baby + Me. Parents are encouraged to bring their infants (pre-walkers) to a free, drop-in gallery talk led by an Art Center docent. While conversation is geared toward adults, babies are captivated by the visual stimulation of the artwork.

Meet in the lobby of the museum at 11 am. Stroller accessible entrance located on the south side of the parking lot by the doors marked Education. bit.ly/2IBSAB0

A jewel of medieval Gothic architecture built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre-Dame was a landmark not only for Par...
04/16/2019
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire -

A jewel of medieval Gothic architecture built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre-Dame was a landmark not only for Paris, but for all the world. Words cannot express the sense of loss we feel. Our thoughts are with Paris.

{Reminder} Mother's Day is May 12. Don't disappoint Mom - make reservations for brunch at the Art Center. The prix fixe ...
04/15/2019

{Reminder} Mother's Day is May 12. Don't disappoint Mom - make reservations for brunch at the Art Center. The prix fixe menu is $25 per person, and the special drink menu will feature mimosas, Pimm’s Cup, blood orange screwdrivers, and bellinis. Call or email to secure your table: bit.ly/2IjC5tX

Is there anything you love more than talking about your pet? Pull out your best animal tale, and join us in the gallery ...
04/14/2019
Animal Tales: Community Story Sharing - Des Moines Art Center

Is there anything you love more than talking about your pet? Pull out your best animal tale, and join us in the gallery to share it in a small group setting at Animal Tales: Community Story Sharing on April 28.

The stories of humans and animals are interwoven. In our own histories, pets and creatures play starring roles in many comedic, dramatic, and feel good memories.

Did you catch the Google Doodle today? We love this ode to the Bauhaus school and its subsequent design movement.Some of...
04/13/2019
Google Doodle celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus style

Did you catch the Google Doodle today? We love this ode to the Bauhaus school and its subsequent design movement.

Some of the Bauhaus school's faculty included Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Josef Albers; all of whom have works in the Art Center collection.

Movement born out of the art school would have a profound influence on architecture, graphic design, interior design and industrial design.

The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of Guggenheim Fellowships t...
04/12/2019
www.gf.org

The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 168 scholars, artists, and writers. Four of the newly awarded fellows have works in the Art Center Collection: Jim Shrosbree, Catherine Opie, Mark Dion, and Daniel Joseph Martinez.

This #nationalsiblingday we recognize the Duchamp brothers. Of the six Duchamp children, four went on to become artists....
04/11/2019

This #nationalsiblingday we recognize the Duchamp brothers. Of the six Duchamp children, four went on to become artists. Raymond Duchamp-Villon is best known as a sculptor, Jacques Villon a Cubist painter, and Marcel Duchamp a painter, sculptor and filmmaker. Each brother has at least one piece in the Art Center Collection, making them the most represented family of artists in the museum.

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4700 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA
50312

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Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 21:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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