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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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Dec 22, 2017

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Crawford sits down with Assistant Curator Jared Ledesma to discuss the new exhibition, The Irrational and the Marvelous.

A little more than a century ago, a group of European artists banded together and formed Dada, an art movement that responded to the trauma of World War I and challenged the concept of fine art. Dada's irrational tactics later paved the way in the 1920s for Surrealism, a movement that encouraged participating artists to look to the subconscious for inspiration. The Irrational and the Marvelous celebrates both Dada and Surrealism, featuring the work of Dada icons Marcel Duchamp and Hannah Höch, and surreal explorations by Roberto Matta and Dorothea Tanning, among others.

Nov 10, 2017

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Crawford sits down with Chief Preparator Jay Ewart to discuss the installation of the exhibition Drawing in Space

The site-specific installations that comprise Drawing in Space are not only stunning works of visual art, they are complex installation feats. Ewart takes listeners behind the scenes of the nuts and bolts of how artwork like this becomes a reality at the Art Center.

Nov 6, 2017

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Crawford sits down with Will Signs, the president of member group Art Noir, to talk about the upcoming event, HUE.

Now in its fifth monochromatic installment, HUE will celebrate an entirely indigo evening on Friday, November 10. Join Art Noir for live music with DJ Mollie Git Down. Enjoy signature indigo cocktails (one free with ticket purchase) and nibble on indigo appetizers courtesy of Chef's Palette. Be inspired by images of indigo artwork from the Art Center's collections, including Bill Viola's mysterious video installation Ascension. Create a quick studio project—your very own indigo solar print to take home.

Learn more about the event and purchase your tickets via the Art Center's website.

Oct 10, 2017

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Crawford discusses the newly opened exhibition Drawing in Space.

Learn more about this entirely unexpected exhibition then come see it for yourself. Drawing in Space is on view through January 21, 2018.

Sep 29, 2017

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Crawford talks with artist Elizabeth Murray's daughter Daisy Murray Holman in anticipation of a film screening later this month.

Offered quarterly, each Artists on the Big Screen + Collection Conversation features a film about an artist or influential art personality followed by insight into the figure’s relationship with the Art Center’s collection.

The Art Center welcomes Daisy Murray Holman, Elizabeth Murray's daughter, who will introduce the film and participate in Q&A after the screening with Director Jeff Fleming. Murray's Sad Sack (1989) entered the Art Center's collection a year after it was created, at the height of her signature style.

Sep 8, 2017

In this episode of Radio Art Center the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Crawford chats with film director Michael Maglaras as well as Curator Laura Burkhalter.

Maglaras' new film America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age will be screened at the Art Center as part of the Artists on the Big Screen + Collection Conversation series on Thursday, September 7.

In the second part of the program, Burkhalter discusses the newly opened exhibition Iowa Artists 2017: Yun Shin. Yun Shin’s subtle works on paper are created using repeated tracings of the same shapes, employing carbon paper, pin points, or oil paint stains. The simple grid-like forms and monotone colors lend the work a sense of minimalism, but the personal nature of her patterns—created by repeatedly copying the calligraphy of her father’s signature or patterns of her mother’s knit work—infuse the drawings with a personal tone amplified by the time-consuming nature of her process. The exhibition is on view in the Blank One Gallery through December 3, 2017.

Jul 21, 2017

On this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Chief Registrar Mickey Ryan to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Art Center's collections. Learn about what registrars do, how the Art Center's collections are cared for, and why we ask visitors not to touch works of art.

Jun 23, 2017

On this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with our new Assistant Curator Jared Ledesma. Jared comes to Des Moines from SFMOMA in San Francisco and will open his first Art Center exhibition later this summer.

May 25, 2017

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 Ruptures

The unprecedented development of globalized power structures brought about by market economies and a high technology culture has altered socio-political dynamics around the world. Within that, events caused by war, terrorism, political unrest, racism, sexism, immigration, economic crisis, climate change, pollution, epidemics, mental illness, and the tenuous boundaries between the real and the virtual can be described as ruptures. In fact, the word “rupture” is being used frequently now by political scientists, philosophers, and sociologists to describe unexpected and irreversible events that interrupt the continuity of traditional practices.

The exhibition features the work of nine contemporary artists and one artist collective: Berlinde De Bruyckere, Lauren Fensterstock, Mona Hatoum, Roger Hiorns, Steven Young Lee, Beth Lipman, Cornelia Parker, the Propeller Group, Doris Salcedo, and Anne Wilson.

Ruptures is on view in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery from June 3 through September 3, 2017.

May 12, 2017

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with 2017 Big Hair Ball Chair Belle Du Chene to talk about this year's entirely unexpected event on Saturday, May 13.

This year's theme is inspired by the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold. Tickets for the 2017 Big Hair Ball are still available for purchase online.

Apr 28, 2017

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 discuss spring exhibitions at the Art Center. Learn more about Studies, Drafts, Sketches on view in the Blank One Gallery, Planetarium on view in the John Brady Print Gallery, and the upcoming Single-channel program on view in the Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Gallery in the Richard Meier building.

Apr 14, 2017

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Retail Operations Director Sarah Jane Shimasaki to talk about everything happening in the Museum Shop this spring.

Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16 members and non-members alike receive 25 percent off in the Art Center's Museum Shop as part of the annual Spring Fling Sale. Stop by to find an entirely unexpected gift or treat for yourself!

Mar 31, 2017

On this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and Public Relations Christine Doolittle sits down with Outreach Manager Rachael Jackson and Hip Hope Founder Bo James with his daughter Ne'aLa. Learn more about the Art Center's outreach programs, which currently serving more than 25 community partners. Over spring break students from Hip Hope participated in a week-long program in the Art Center's studios.

Feb 17, 2017

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Big Hair Ball chair Belle Du Chene to discuss the 2017 event. This year's Big Hair Ball theme will be Alchemy, inspired by the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold.

The Big Hair Ball, which began in 2004 and is hosted biennially, is one of the most highly anticipated events in the Des Moines area and statewide. Known for its modeled hairstyles, live music, and special performances, which celebrate hair as a form of artistic self-expression, the Big Hair Ball has been profiled extensively in local, state, and national media. The highlight of the evening is an hour-long choreographed runway program, produced entirely by local salons and a volunteer committee. Local boutiques also participate in the event by offering hair, nail, and make-up artistry to event attendees, which average more than 750.

Feb 3, 2017

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 and artist Rachel Sussman to discuss her works in the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold.

As part of the exhibition Sussman will be creating a site-specific installation called "Sidewalk Kintsukuroi" in the Art Center's lobby.

 

Jan 6, 2017

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 discuss the upcoming exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold.

Alchemy brings together a group of international artists whose work incorporates gold (or another metal disguised as gold). In each case, this precious material not only brings a sense of luxury to the work, but also ushers in connotations of the historic and cultural value various societies have placed on this rare element. As glamorous and sought after as gold may be, it’s capable of suggesting complicated politics and potent symbolism. The works in Alchemy embrace both dark and light readings of this glittering metal.

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

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