Tension-Wrought Art

Above: In Lauren Fensterstock’s 2016 work “The Order of Things,” fragments of colliding bullets from AK-47 and M16 rifles burst through ballistic gel. (Courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery, New York.)

Politicians and sociologists use the term “ruptures” to describe unexpected events that interrupt traditional practices. So “Ruptures” is appropriately the name of a three-month exhibit of contemporary art opening with a reception Friday, June 2, at the Des Moines Art Center.

The artists represented in this exhibition have created work that embodies social tensions, fears and a sense of instability. Visible breaks, bursts and fractures in their work suggest that something is awry, inciting emotional and intellectual reactions — both troubling and hopeful.

Friday’s free reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., with music, food and art. Reservations are encouraged and can be made here. Senior curator Alison Ferris will host a discussion and tour of the exhibition at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8. Other events are scheduled during the show’s run. Details are here.

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