The Des Moines Art Center is taking steps to ensure visitor safety. Photo: Des Moines Art Center
Months after closing its doors in response to COVID-19, the Des Moines Art Center is planning to reopen to the community today.
The Art Center is taking numerous steps to ensure the safety of its visitors and staff, including timed, ticketed entry, detailed wayfinding to facilitate social distancing, increased cleanliness, and required mask-wearing. Some in-person events and offerings are being postponed.
When visitors return to the Art Center, they can expect to see a mix of familiar favorites as well as newcomers from the Art Center’s permanent collections. Director Jeff Fleming said in a statement that he hopes it feels like “a welcome home.”
The Art Center plans to continue offering virtual tours, online summer camps and classes, and more from wherever visitors prefer. You can find more information here.
In conjunction with the reopening is a new exhibition, “Landscapes in Watercolor,” a selection of more than two dozen watercolors from the museum’s collections, created between 1885 and 1980. Organized by curator Jared Ledesma, these works reveal the ability of watercolor to capture the changing effects of light and weather on seashores, grasslands, forests and farmland.
Artists in the exhibition include Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and John Marin, among many others. The exhibition will remain on view throughout the summer, with a closing date to be determined.
To learn more about how the Art Center has pivoted during the pandemic, listen to our dsm CultureCast podcast with Jordan Powers, director of marketing and public relations, and Jason Gross, board trustee, from April.