Just Desire

By Kellye Crocker

Who hasn’t eyed an artwork and mused, “What was the artist thinking?” Get the inside scoop from acclaimed Danish video artist Jesper Just, who will discuss “Jesper Just: This Is a Landscape of Desire” March 4, three days before the exhibit’s Des Moines Art Center debut. Des Moines is the first city to host the show since its spring premiere at HEART—The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark, which organized the exhibition.

For the March 4 discussion, Just will chat about his works with senior curator Gilbert Vicario. The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium, is free but requires registration (here or call 271-0313).

The exhibit, which runs March 7-May 25, features nine films highlighting Just’s last decade of work, including the new, eponymous “This Is the Landscape of Desire.” His later works use multiple video channels to build a “spatial experience” in which viewers may feel as if they’ve stepped into the films.

Can’t wait? Attend a preview party March 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (Art Center members 5-6 p.m.), with live music, appetizers and a cash bar ($5; members free). On opening night, March 7, Art Noir presents “Hue,” in which light and color will transform the lobby into an emerald spectacle. The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and a tour of the new exhibit ($15; Art Noir members $10).

Jesper Just (born 1974 Copenhagen), “Something to Love” (2005), 8:10 minutes, Super 16mm. Photo: © Jesper Just
Jesper Just (born 1974 Copenhagen), “Something to Love” (2005), 8:10 minutes, Super 16mm. Photo: © Jesper Just


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