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Three women pose with Keith Haring sculpture.

May 4 is artist Keith Haring’s birthday—he would have been 58 years old. Recently, while strolling in downtown Des Moines, I took a snapshot...

Design template, City of Des Moines Public Works

DSM, IA: The City of Des Moines Public Works Department has launched a contest to design a storm water manhole cover that will used...

Zaha Hadid was a pioneer in the field of architecture, becoming the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize of her field) in 2004.

Internationally acclaimed architect, Dame Zaha Hadid was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Gold Medal in recognition of her...

Brâncuși photographed in his workshop. The artist bequeathed part of his collection to the French state on condition that his workshop be rebuilt as it was on the day he died. This reconstruction of his studio, adjacent to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, is open to the public.

One of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, Constantin Brâncuși, was born on this day, February 19, 1876, in Romania. He died in...

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is proud to welcome its leadership for 2016. The officers were re-elected for 2016: Katherine M. Murphy,...

The Bay Lights, the Bay Bridge light sculpture that dazzled residents and visitors of the Bay Area for two years after its unveiling in March 2013, returned on 30 January 2016. It will lift the gaze and spirits of California residents and visitors for at least 10 years.

How is a historic bridge transformed into a dazzling work of art? Forbes called this public art project, “a powerful example of what’s possible when you...

"Filter Bubble" is a collaboration with  Sarah Abu Abdallah (Providence), Sophia Al Maria (Doha), Abdullah Al-Mutairi (New York), Rachael Allen (London), Yollotl Alvarado (Mexico City), ARCA & Jesse Kanda (London), Darja Bajagić (New York), Alessandro Bava (London), James Bridle (London), Andrea Crespo (New York), Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos (Athens), Alex Dolan (New York), Valia Fetisov (Moscow), Louisa Gagliardi (Zürich), Deanna Havas (New York), Max Hawkins (nomad), Bernhard Hegglin (Zürich), Ho Rui An (Singapur), Emmanuel Iduma (New York), Nicholas Korody (Los Angeles), Isabel Legate (New York), Luca Lum & Marcus Yee (Singapur), Nicholas Maurer (Sydney), Felix Melia (London), Mitchell Messina (Kapstadt), Ryan Murphy (New York), Wyatt Niehaus (New York), Adriana Ramić (New York), Tabita Rezaire (Johannesburg), Bunny Rogers (Stockholm), Ben Rosenthal (Zürich), Bogosi Sekhukhuni (Johannesburg), Takeshi Shiomitsu (London), Crista Siglin & Isaac Wilder (Kansas City), Jasper Spicero (New York), Jesse Stecklow (Los Angeles), Hito Steyerl (Berlin), Elisabeth Sutherland (Accra), Philipp Timischl (Wien), Alexander Jackson Wyatt (Sydney), Urban Zellweger (Zürich), Zou Zhao (New York), Bruno Zhu (Amsterdam), Damon Zucconi (New York).

Max Hawkins (American, born Des Moines 1990) is participating in the 89plus collaborative project “The Filter Bubble”, on view through 14 February 2016 in LUMA, Zürich, Switzerland....

Hans-Ulrich Obrist has conducted 2,400 hours of interviews with creative people: “salons of the twenty-first century.”  Pictured is his book cover: Hans-Ulrich Obrist, "Conversations, Vol. 1," Manuella Editions, Paris, ISBN : 978-2-917217-00-9.

  The art that Hans-Ulrich Obrist is most passionate about doesn’t hang on walls and often doesn’t have a permanent emanation. It can take the...

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