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Posted November 04, 2020in Art News

Black Stories matter at the Des Moines Art Center

“Black Stories” is the latest main galleries exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center. More than anything, it shows off the permanent collection of the museum. Secondly, it shows a new direction in the operational code of the institution. Two artists, Mitchell Squire and Jordan Weber, were co-curators. A group

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Posted September 30, 2020in Art News

Classics thrive when not much is new

The art world lags behind the sports world in reopening — except in the public schools of Des Moines where they are recalcitrant to offer activities to the students. So, with no new exhibitions, gallery openings, live concerts, live drama nor opera, nonprofit institutions are going virtual, or remote. The

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Posted September 02, 2020in Art News

Art in the year of the virus and violence

The Des Moines Art Center has re-opened with some cute posters of famous pieces of art with people wearing those familiar baby blue masks that Hanes, the men’s underwear company, sold $700 million dollars of in the second quarter. “Glad to have you back” is the theme. They do not

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Posted August 05, 2020in Art News

The Great Romantic

The world, even the U.S, has had time to adjust to life without packed crowds at sports events and to life without some sports at all. Yet the talk about that goes on and on, not just on sports channels but everywhere. Many sports don’t need live audiences. Horse racing

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Posted July 01, 2020in Art News

The untimely and the most timely

The art world has traditionally had an off-season, usually summer. Before air conditioning, patrons and artists aestivated in the mountains while urban arts venues shut down. The Des Moines Metro Opera capitalized on this by luring talent to Indianola in a season when singers were unemployed by the major companies

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Posted April 01, 2020in Art News

Chris Vance growing up

Check websites before venturing out to the world that remains socially undistanced. CITYVIEW has been following Chris Vance for nearly 20 years now. His paintings attracted us with an affinity for glee and an amazing sense of color and design. He has become the most popular painter in Iowa, at

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Posted March 04, 2020in Art News

The sculpture wore lipstick

DMAC show is Karla Black’s first solo effort in the United States. Karla Black is an abstract 3D art sculptor whose work explores the physicality of materials as a way of understanding and communicating the world around us. Her current retrospective at the Des Moines Art Center (DMAC) — “Karla

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Posted February 05, 2020in Art News

Deconstructed tractors

And Kooglians, who are not unfamiliar with Earth. Hedda Sterne’s “Imagination and the Machine” brings a great artist from the WWII era back into mainstream awareness. The Romanian artist, a lucky winner of a wartime U.S. visa lottery, embraced this country like few of the artistic and intellectual genius of

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Posted January 01, 2020in Art News

The big, the small, the playful and the deadly earnest

They all share the stage at Moberg Gallery. The latest show at Moberg Gallery illustrates the diversity of that gallery’s artists. Three are showcased here. One spells her name entirely in upper case, another entirely in lower case. One is as playful as the children’s playthings he recreates. Another is

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Posted December 04, 2019in Art News

Revenge of the drag queen

Tales are told with irony, sarcasm and understated glee. “Of Our Time: Contemporary art by indigenous people from the permanent collection” is the latest show at the Des Moines Art Center. It’s also a delightful stroll through the precarious history of American Indians since the invasion of the Europeans and

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