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Radio Art Center

Radio Art Center is a bi-weekly podcast recorded by the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and Public Relations Christine Doolittle. Tune in for talks with our curators, the scoop on our newest exhibitions and more. Radio Art Center airs on KFMG 99.1 FM in Des Moines every other Saturday at 11 am.
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Now displaying: 2016
Dec 9, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Development Director Emily Bahnsen to talk about all things development, including the year-end appeal.

Learn more about how you can support the Art Center online.

Nov 10, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Social Media Manager Megan Bannister sits in for Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle to discuss all things relating to the Museum Shop. Retail Operations Director Sarah Jane Shimasaki shares how she selects the items available in the Museum Shop, gives insight into some of her favorite items, and gives a sneak peek at upcoming Museum Shop events.

Oct 27, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with the event's chair Vince Valdez to talk about this year's Day of the Dead – Día de los Muertos celebration.

Day of the Dead is a traditional Latino celebration that honors the lives of members of the community who have recently passed away, as well as a festive day of music, dancing, food and drink, art activities, and remembrances for the whole family.

The Des Moines Art Center will honor Mario and Simone Soria at this year's Day of the Dead celebration. Theirs is a love story of two people whose paths crossed in America after living rich and tragic lives on two different continents.

Learn more about the 2016 event: http://bit.ly/2efKKf0

Sep 30, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Curator of Prints and Drawings Amy N. Worthen to discuss her final print exhibition before her retirement later this year. The exhibition, titled When the Dog Bites, When the Bee Stings, will highlight Amy's "favorite things" from the Art Center's permanent collection. 

Amy says, "The permanent collections house thousands of prints, drawings, and photographs representing a wide variety of centuries, nationalities, styles, and media. Whether precious, rare, and major masterpieces, or cheap, mass-produced, humble printed pictures, all are fascinating to me. Although at any given time our visitors might see only 30 or 40 prints and drawings on view in the galleries, I am fortunate to have had this marvelous collection as my domain to explore and think about how the world communicates through pictures. What are my favorites? Why do certain ones continue to speak to me? I might love a supremely wonderful visual idea, the intensity, the courage, the inventiveness, the wit, or the use of technique. I might love a work for its lack of grandeur and quiet rightness. The exhibition texts will tell some of the reasons, and some of my stories."

Learn more about the exhibition on the Art Center's website.

Sep 1, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Senior Curator Alison Ferris to discuss the upcoming exhibition Vivian Maier: Through a Critical Lens.

This exhibition features 70 photographs (50 black-and-white and 20 color prints) of people encountered on the streets of New York City and Chicago by the late photographer Vivian Maier (1926 – 2009). Maier’s photographs, created between the late 1940s and the early 1980s, were kept completely private by the artist and caused a stir when they were first exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2011. Elusive, solitary, and clearly talented, Vivian Maier is the quintessential “undiscovered” artist of our time.

Learn more about the exhibition on the Art Center's website.

Aug 19, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Associate Registrar Sydney Royal-Welch to discuss all things relating to the Art Center's registration department.

Learn more about how the Art Center handles loans, acquisitions of new pieces, conditioning works, and ensuring they look their best while hanging in the museum's galleries. The pair also discuss the recent taking down of and reinstallation of the Mark Di Suvero sculpture T8​ in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Aug 4, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with one of the Art Center's newest staff members, Museum Educator Kara Fedje.

Learn more about the Art Center's museum education programs, what Kara is most looking forward to in her role, and more on this week's episode.

Jun 16, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center from the archives, which aired on October, 18, 2014, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Associate Curator Laura Burkhalter to talk about Iowa Artists 2014: Mitchell Squire

Learn more about this past exhibition on the Art Center's website.

Jun 10, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with one of our newest staff members: Outreach Coordinator Rachael Jackson.

Learn more about the Art Center's outreach programs, local partnerships, and how art education has played a role in the lives of many young members of the Des Moines community.

Jun 2, 2016

In this archived episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Associate Curator Laura Burkhalter to talk about the exhibition Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, which was on view at the Art Center from October 25, 2013 through February 9, 2014.

The celebrated work of El Anatsui strikes a rare combination of stunning beauty, labor-intensive process, and deep metaphorical and poetic meaning. A global artist, Anatsui draws on artistic and aesthetic traditions from his birth country of Ghana; his home in Nsukka, Nigeria; and various Western art forms. Anatsui’s work is about transformation. Using found materials such as printing plates, milk tin lids, and aluminum liquor bottle caps allows the artist full freedom to improvise and invent.

Gravity and Gra: Monumental Works by El Anatsui was organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by a major grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

May 27, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Curator of Prints and Drawings Amy N. Worthen to discuss the upcoming print exhibition Heavy, Heavy Hangs Over Thy Head.

This exhibition looks at ways that artists from the 16th century to our time have depicted fire arms, shooters, and the victims of gun violence. The 36 prints, photographs, drawings, and sculpture selected from the Art Center's permanent collections are by Dmitri Baltermants, Jacques Callot, Joseph Cornell, Stefano della Bella, J. N. "Ding" Darling, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Natalia Goncharova, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Kerry James Marshall, Irving Norman, José Clemente Orozco, Mitchell Squire, Antonio Tempesta, and others. Whether approaching this subject matter with high seriousness, objectivity, admiration, irony, or with anguish, these works show people using guns in military actions, inter-personal conflicts, murder, assassination, and the hunting of animals.

Learn more about the exhibition on the Art Center's website.

May 13, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle shares what's happening this summer at the Art Center. Learn more about upcoming exhibitions, summer events, studio programs and more.

Apr 29, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Development Director Emily Bahnsen to talk about all things development and membership at the Art Center.

Learn about all of the ways the Art Center supports its free admission program and all of the benefits of becoming a member.

Apr 15, 2016

On this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Arts & Ends co-chairs Dale Jansen and Toni Urban to talk about this terrific tag sale to benefit the Art Center.

Arts & Ends will be held Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1 with a Preview Party on Friday evening. Be among the first to shop by purchasing tickets today:

$50 members (in advance)

$65 non-members (in advance)

$75 at the door

Learn more about this entirely unexpected event: http://bit.ly/1WfvsWx

Apr 1, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, which airs April 2, 2016, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Social Media Manager Megan Bannister to talk about Slow Art Day 2016.

One day each year, people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. The goal is to focus on art and the art of seeing. Learn more about the free programs the Art Center will host to help visitors see art differently as well as what you can expect from these docent-guided discussions.

Share your Slow Art Day experiences with us on social media using the hashtag #DSMSlowArtDay.

Mar 14, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, which airs Saturday, March 19, 2016, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with new Senior Curator Alison Ferris to learn a bit about her background and how she first became interested in art.

Learn more about Alison through a Q&A on the Art Center's website: http://bit.ly/1WVi5L7

Feb 17, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Curator Laura Burkhalter to talk about the Art Center's newest exhibition, Arts & Letters. This exhibition considers connections between literature and the visual arts across various times and cultures. Works from the Art Center’s permanent collections, from works on paper from the 16th century to contemporary sculpture, will sit alongside generous loans from the libraries of the Salisbury House and the University of Iowa.

Learn more about this exhibition: http://bit.ly/22VLTfq

Feb 5, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, which aired February 6, 2016, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Facility Rental Manager Cathy Williams and Membership and Visitor Services Manager Julia Mason Gray about the entirely unexpected benefits of Art Center membership.

While most time members join museums for free admission, the Des Moines Art Center's members help support the organization's free admission program so that the facility is open free of charge to the public every single day. Learn more about member discounts, facility rental opportunities, and member groups to get more involved in during this week's installment of Radio Art Center.

Jan 22, 2016

In this episode of Radio Art Center, which aired January 23, 2016, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings, to talk about the new exhibition, GRAAAFICAAA ITAAALIANAAA.

The exhibition explores some of Italy’s contributions to—and its ambivalence about—art on paper from the early to mid-20th-century. Filippo Marinetti’s Les Mots en Liberté Futuristes (1919), a Futurist typography attack on The Past, contrasts with Adolfo de Carolis’ Symbolist woodcuts in Gabrielle D’Annunzio’s wartime meditation Notturno (1922), a work that evokes the highest Renaissance traditions of book design and printing.

Learn more about the exhibition: http://bit.ly/1WAUOyv

Jan 15, 2016

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this episode of Radio Art Center originally aired in September of 2012, and focuses on the photography exhibition The Whole World Was Watching: Civil Rights-era Photographs from the Menil Collection

In this episode, Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with former Senior Curator Gilbert Vicario to discuss the exhibition, which includes the work of Dan Budnik, Danny Lyon, Bruce Davidson, Leonard Freed, Bob Adelman, Charles Moore, and Elliott Erwitt, and captures the profound changes taking place in the United States beginning in the 1960s.

Learn more about the 2012 exhibition on our website: http://bit.ly/1U0pYhn

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