Questions of Identity

We’ve been looking forward to this intriguing exhibit ever since it was announced: The Des Moines Art Center will open “Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations” Sept. 5 (Sept. 4 for members). Nakadate is an innovative photographer, filmmaker and video artist.
Nakadate started the works that will be displayed when she began photographing strangers; eventually, she used genetic research to choose her subjects. This selection of diverse people promises to raise questions about how we define ourselves and others.
Related events include an artist lecture Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Art Center’s Levitt Auditorium, and a yoga and gallery talk Oct. 10 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. Both events are free, but reservations are required; make them here.
Pictured: Laurel Nakadate, “Tucson, Arizona #1” ( 2011), framed Type-C print, laminated with UV protective film mounted on Plexiglas, 41 by 61 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects.

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