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The International Sculpture Center Presents

June 18, 2013
Students, artists, collectors and sculpture enthusiasts gathered at the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, IA on June 18th for an ISConnects event. Guest were able to take guided tours of the Des Moines Art Center collection and the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in the afternoon, and attend a special conversation in the evening. The discussion, Conversations on Art: Phyllida Barlow, featured artist Phyllida Barlow and Senior curator Gilbert Vicario in a discussion about Barlow’s practice, influences, and unconventional choice of materials. Known for her monumental constructions and unconventional choices in materials, Phyllida Barlow is enjoying a tremendous resurgence in attention since she retired from teaching at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2009.

Barlow and Vicario engaged in a Q & A session with the audience directly following the discussion. Barlow’s exhibit Scree, which opens June 20th, will run at The Des Moines Art Center from June 20 - September 22, 2013 in the Upper I. M. Pei and Anna K. Meredith galleries. Organized by Senior Curator Gilbert Vicario, Scree will include three large-scale sculptural installations, 55 works on paper, and a group of work from the Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections selected by the artist.

The Des Moines Art Center engages diverse local and international audiences with the art of today through its museum and school, adding to the cultural record through collections and programs. Free admission is supported by Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc., Vision Iowa, and Art Center members.

ISConnects is an exciting collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011, ISConnects explores the unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Together, the ISC and its partner organizations offer intimate and accessible programming that addresses cutting-edge, timely trends in sculpture through lively and insightful discourse.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Johnson Art and Education Foundation.
  MORP, a collaborative project between artists Phyllida Barlow and Des Moines AEI High School Art Camp students. The ISConnects audience enjoys the discussion between artist Phyllida Barlow and curator Gilbert Vicario.
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