Dario Escobar (Born Guatemala, 1971), Untitled (Skateboard), 2001, Silver and tin embossed on wood and plastic, 23 x 7 x 6", Courtesy of the artist and Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York.

Eleven Emerging International Artists Exhibit in Des Moines

Shi Jinsong (Born China, 1969), Secret Book of Cool Weapons (Nike, Motorola, Citroen, Mercedes), 2002, Steel, leather, sheepskin, Various dimensions, Courtesy Chambers Fine Art, New York.

Rachel Rakena, Rerehiko, 2002.

Katrin Sigurdardottir, High Plane, 2001-2005, polystyrene, conventional construction materials. A site specific installation at The Wanas Foundation, Sweden.

Angela Strassheim (Born United States, 1969), Untitled (Savannah’s Birthday Party), 2006, C-print, 40 x 50", Courtesy of Marvelli Gallery, New York.


Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines
World Histories
May 16-August 31, 2008

World Histories presents 11 emerging artists from around the world whose work fits comfortably at the forefront of the international art scene and its continuing dialogue with aesthetics, cultural and political issues, and the influence of artists who have come before. While participating in this globe-spanning conversation, each of these artists presents a unique expression of identity, defined by the specific place, time, and culture from which he or she emerged.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Des Moines Art Center looks forward to World Histories as its most anticipated exhibition of 2008. The project includes an installation of approximately 30 works of art (two to four from each artist), and is presented in galleries spanning roughly 5,000 square feet. The work of these artists arrives in Des Moines from all over the world. Several of the artists will be onsite to lead public educational programs (see attachment for related programming) and to conduct workshops.

The 11 artists are: El Anatsui (b. 1944 in Ghana; lives and works in Nsukka, Nigeria), Sonny Assu (b. 1975 in Canada; lives and works in Vancouver, Canada), Heri Dono (b. 1968 in Indonesia; lives and works in Yoghakarta, Indonesia), Dario Escobar (b. 1971 in Guatemala; lives and works in Guatemala City, Guatemala), Yoko Inoue (b. 1964 in Japan; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York), Shi Jinsong (b. 1969 in China; lives and works in Wuhan and Beijing, China), Mustafa Maluka (b. 1976 in South Africa; lives and works in Berlin, Germany), Rachael Rakena (b.1969 in New Zealand; lives and works in Palmerston North, New Zealand), Katrin Sigurdardóttir (b. 1967 in Iceland; lives and works in New York), Jesse Small (b. 1974 in the United States; lives and works in Kansas City), Angela Strassheim (b. 1969 in the United States; lives and works in Minneapolis and New York).

A catalogue accompanies this exhibition and is distributed internationally, with texts by Art Center Director Jeff Fleming, exhibition curator Laura Burkhalter, and Jon Winet, associate professor and head of the Intermedia Department of the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History. Biographical information about the artists and full color images of the works in the show are also featured.

Mustafa Maluka (Born South Africa, 1976), They forgot about us, 2006, Oil on canvas, 72 x 52.5", Courtesy of Terrana Collection, New York.

Jesse Small (Born United States, 1974), Space Invader Ghost, 2006-2007, porcelain.

Sonny Assu (Born Canada, 1975), Breakfast Series, 2006, Digitally printed foam core, Dimensions variable, Gift of Rebecca and Alexander Stewart, in honor of the, 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2006.93.