Art in Des Moines, Iowa

TUE MAR 12

Mia Farrell has been a docent at the Des Moines Art Center for the last 5 years. An artist herself, Mia loves being the connector between people, artwork and one another.

“I believe that each piece of art exists in two places in the mind and hands of the artist and in the experience of the viewer. I find that most people feel that if they do not create art, that they are not involved in art, as a docent I strive to elevate and honor the roll of the viewer, without which art would not even exist!” – Mia Farrell

Join Mia in the pop-up tour of Jim White’s solo exhibition SING Other People at the Viaduct Gallery from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Find a new way of seeing and engaging with the work, discover ownership as a viewer, and join in dialogue that will challenge and illuminate this fantastic show!

Viaduct Gallery, 900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

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Art in Des Moines, Iowa

MON MAR 11

Spend the evening with the Japan America Society of Iowa from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a Japanese Mask presentation. Explore a small collection of Japanese Traditional and Anime Theme masks through short skits and performances. There will also be paper masks to decorate and take home after the presentation!

East Side Public Library, 2559 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50317

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Art in Ames, Iowa

SAT MAR 9

Come listen to the Ames’ infrastructure — maybe you’ll hear it for the first time, or maybe not, but it’ll sound like nothing before!

Free, but advance sign-up required at http://tibichelcea.net/fpg-bit/ to be able to rent an appropriate mini-van. First tour from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  A second tour the same day at 3:00 pm is possible if enough people sign up.

Alex Braidwood, assistant professor in the College of Design at Iowa State University, will present a tour of Ames infrastructure, organized by his own “Bureau of Infrastructure Tourism”. BIT is an organization that develops tours and documentation of various infrastructure features from around the world. These elements of the built environment often go unnoticed or ignored. Many are commonly considered to be non-places. Tours allow participants to document their experiences in these overlooked parts of town, so that these spaces become part of new city mental maps for participants. As part of the tour, participants will walk and visit several infrastructure—heavy parts of Ames.

Design on Main, 203 Main Street, Ames, Iowa 50010

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Music Scene Des Moines, Iowa

FRI MAR 8

Izzy Starchild and The Psychedelic Rose with its poetic, grungy guitar hooks, and original vocal style plays Gaslamp with Americature and Whiskee Shakes

Izzy Starchild and The Psychedelic Rose is a wicked blend of the most original Cosmic Mother Punk Funk that has been created since The Chili Peppers. Izzy with his array of talented fellow musicians backing him, mixed in with Bob Dylanesque lyrical poetry, and heavy guitar riffs and vocals; makes this band one of the most delightful acts on the market!

Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Music at 9pm
$8 at the door
21+ show

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Art in Iowa

THU MAR 7

MOBERG GALLERY, 2921 INGERSOLL, DES MOINES, IOWA 50312

Please join us from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for an Artist Talk with Annick Ibsen focused on her series of sculptures inspired by the Enneagram, a personality analysis system. The Artist Talk with start at 5:30 with beverages available for purchase.

Annick Ibsen is a sculptor and painter. She was born in Paris and moved to Des Moines 14 years ago, prior to which she experienced a breadth of cultures living in Libya, Indonesia, Hong Kong, London and India. She came to the medium of clay after decades of figurative painting and in the past ten years, the search for plasticity and the sculptural form became her focus. Her neo-cubist sculptures displace the viewer’s expectations to unveil the actual. In her search for realism, she also establishes connections between figurative and sculptural art forms with mixed media paintings that explore negative space.

OCTAGON CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 427 DOUGLAS AVE, AMES, IOWA 50010

Join us for Gallery Night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with Rich Abrahamson, Jasmine Beul, and Manatsa Mazimbe.

Rich Abrahamson of Ames, Iowa is a career photojournalist and writer. His exhibit — A Soldier Says Good-bye — follows a World War II veteran through the twilight of life; a time when moments resonate with love, vulnerability, and tears.

Iowa State University MFA Exhibit (Community Gallery, First Floor)
Jasmine Beul grew up in Denver, Colorado, and is currently a first year graduate student in the Integrated Visual Art program at Iowa State University. Her ceramic works are inspired by historical vessel forms but without the functionality. With her paintings, she is interested in creating a fragmented view of a landscape to be somewhere between realism and abstraction

Manatsa Mazimbe is a third-semester M.F.A graduate student majoring in the Integrated Visual Arts with a focus on Illustration for Animation. His work focuses on a series of digital, traditional, and animated works based on an Afro-futuristic setting where Africans and African Americans live in a thriving, Utopian society.

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Music Scene Des Moines, Iowa

WED MAR 6

LUCY ARNELL is an American indie rock singer, songwriter and guitarist from New York City currently living in Los Angeles. Her style is defined by her obsession with the guitar itself, heavily influenced by ‘60s artists.

ODD PETS is an alternative rock band comprising of Andy Buch and Lisa Burner. Reminiscent of old-Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Odd Pets’ sound is the result of raw and untainted song writing and musicianship.

CROOKED TORUS is a musical set of dicephalic parapagus twins, the living embodiment of that psychotropic drip in the back of your nasal passage. They invite you to lie down in the grass, to gaze fondly at the heavens… to close your eyes and become your very own laser light show, to feel the poly rhythmic pulse of their aura. Crooked Torus wishes you no harm, they simply seek to guide you through until your next journey begins.

The Yacht Club, 2617 Ingersoll, Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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Music Scene Des Moines, Iowa

TUE MAR 5

Son Peruchos, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a fusion of Andean and South American folk music utilizing traditional instruments such as the zampona, quena and charango. This musical group also integrates their traditional Andean sound with more modern Latin and Carribbean rhythms including cumbia, bachata and rock en espanol.

The Lift, 222 4th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

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The Iowa State Fair Salon

Ruth Sukow

In 1926, Iowa author Ruth Suckow wrote in American Mercury that a collective psychological malady afflicted her native state.

Iowa had acquired “a timid, fidgety, hesitant state of mind” about cultural and intellectual matters, the result of decades of dependence upon New England for guidance in religion, learning, and the arts.

It was not that Iowans, many of whom could proudly trace their ancestry back to New England, were content simply to transplant their Anglo-American cultural heritage in the Midwest; rather, they fundamentally lacked the confidence necessary to create their own, indigenous culture in their new environment. This had deep historical roots, according to Suckow, for the original settlers had come to Iowa “with the belief that they were leaving culture behind.”

They had come neither on a religious errand nor a civilizing mission, but to acquire land, farm, and make money doing it.

Agricultural Lag: The Iowa State Fair Salon, 1854-1941, Chris Rasmussen

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