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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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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

Dec 10, 2015

In this episode of Radio Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Assistant Registrar / Curatorial Assistant Megan Cohen and Social Media Manager Megan Bannister to talk about the upcoming exhibition, Selfie: Self Portraits from the Permanent Collection.

The exhibition, which opens Friday, December 18, will include a number of self portraits from the Art Center's permanent collections and will include an interactive community component. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1IXifKA

Nov 24, 2015

In this episode of Radio Art Center, which airs November 28, 2015, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Associate Curator Laura Burkhalter and artist Jessica Teckemeyer to talk about her work in the Art Center's new exhibition, Iowa Artists 2015: Jessica Teckemeyer

Learn more about the history of the Iowa Artists program and hear the artist speak about her work, which is on view in the John and Mary Pappajohn Gallery in the lower Richard Meier building through February 21, 2016.

Learn more about the exhibition: http://bit.ly/1L4PfBo

Nov 12, 2015

In this episode of Radio Art Center, which aired November 14, 2015, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and Public Relations Christine Doolittle sits down with Retail Operations Director Sarah Jane Shimasaki to talk all things Museum Shop.

Find out what makes the space a unique place to shop and discover how merchandise finds its way to the Museum Shop's shelves.

Learn about upcoming Members' Double Discount Weekends as well as some unique seasonal programs coming to the Museum Shop soon. Perfect your holiday presentation with Gift Wrap 101 from November 17 – 22, or find the creative craft and toy for the little one in your life with Come Out & Play Week from December 15 – 20.

The museum shop is open during regular museum hours.

Oct 17, 2015

In this episode of Radio Art Center, which aired October 17, 2015, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and Public Relations Christine Doolittle sits down with committee member Gary McKay to talk about the 15th annual Day of the Dead – Día de los Muertos at the Art Center.

This year's event, which will be held on Sunday, November 1 from noon to 6 pm, will honor the memory of Aurora Bejarano Lumadue, a dedicated community volunteer who was active in many organizations including the Art Center's Day of the Dead committee.

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

Oct 1, 2015

In this episode of Radio Art Center, which aired on Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and Public Relations Christine Doolittle sits down with Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings, to discuss the recently opened exhibition, East and Beyond: Helen Frankenthaler and Her Contemporaries.

In celebration of the acquisition of Helen Frankenthaler's breakthrough color woodblock print, East and Beyond, 1973, the Art Center presents an exhibition contextualizing Frankenthaler's print. The exhibition includes four works on paper by Frankenthaler, as well as 23 works on paper and ceramics by American and Japanese artists who were active during the 1950s to 1980s.

Sep 5, 2015

On this episode of Radio Art Center, which aired September 5, 2015, Des Moines Art Center Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with artist Laurel Nakadate to talk about the Art Center's major exhibition Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations. The exhibition, which opened to the public on Saturday, September 5, is the first time this body of work has been shown in a museum. 

"Strangers and Relations raises any number of questions regarding how we define ourselves and others. Our DNA is the most elemental, individualized facet of our existence. Nakadate takes that unique code and visualizes its potential for communication across digital media—a world as vast and infinite as the genetic code is unimaginably microscopic. Her process, from research to cross-country travel for photos hoots to the finalized photographs, bridges distances both actual and metaphorical. To contact her photo subjects, she reaches into the dark of cyberspace, and the resulting images are elegant, eerie interpretations of the tenuousness of the first meeting of any two strangers." - Laura Burkhalter, Associate Curator at the Des Moines Art Center

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

Aug 22, 2015

In this episode of Radio Art Center, which aired August 21, 2015, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Development Director Emily Bahnsen to talk about how the Art Center's members support the museum and its programs. 

Learn more about how the museum's free admission program is supported and why membership is a crucial part of the Art Center's mission.

Aug 8, 2015

On this episode of Radio Art Center, which aired August 8, 2015, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Co-hair Julia Hogren and Runway Director Belle DuChene to talk about anything and everything related to the 2015 Big Hair Ball.

The biennial fundraiser will be held Saturday, August 15 at the Des Moines Art Center from 8 pm – midnight. This year's event will feature a futuristic, space theme as well as a runway show put on by local hair salons. 

Tickets can be purchased in the Museum Shop or online here: http://bit.ly/1HT86l3

Jul 18, 2015

In this episode of Radio Art Center from the 2013 archives, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Development Director Emily Bahnsen to talk about the benefits of membership, member groups and outreach programming.

Learn more about becoming a member of the Des Moines Art Center. Join today to take advantage of entirely unexpected discounts and special programming!

Jul 11, 2015

In this episode of Radio Art Center, which aired July 11, 2015, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle sits down with Chief Registrar Mickey Koch to talk about museum registration, loans, and everything that goes into caring for the Art Center's permanent collections.

She also discusses what it takes to conserve the Art Center's works both in the museum and at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, including why she'll kindly ask you to stop if she sees you climbing a sculpture at the downtown Sculpture Park.

Jun 27, 2015

On this episode of Radio Art Center, which aired June 27. 2015, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Doolittle gives an expansive look at all of the Art Center's summer programming. 

From Free Flicks as part of our Summer on the Hill series to the seventh Big Hair Ball, we've got a full calendar of films, lectures, and entirely unexpected events planned for this summer. 

To see what's happening at the Des Moines Art Center, visit our calendar.

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