50 Faces To Celebrate 50 Years

Suad Avdela lives with her parents and two sisters at Oakridge Neighborhood. Photographer: Paige Peterson.

Here’s an idea for New Year’s Eve that’s risk-free but still gets you out of the house: Take a drive to view a temporary art installation by artist Robert Moore at Oakridge Neighborhood.

Called “50 Faces Celebrating 50 Years of Oakridge Neighborhood,” the work will consist of photo portraits of Oakridge residents projected on the three-story side of the Silver Oaks senior living apartment building, which faces the 1300 block of Keosauqua Way and Interstate 235. The projection, from 6 to 6:30 p.m., will be visible from both Keo and the freeway.

Moore gained national notice this past summer for his project “Harvesting Humanity,” ethereal images of George Floyd, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and local youths that were projected onto Dallas County grain silos. Another video installation, “Projecting Pride,” displayed portraits of local and national LGBTQ leaders in downtown Des Moines. Read more about Moore in this dsm story from our current issue.

The Oakridge photos are by Des Moines photographer and longtime dsm contributor Paige Peterson, who first shot the portraits for this dsm story on Oakridge Neighborhood. Scott Kaven of Distracted Ideas will assist with the video projection work.

“We love this celebration of Oakridge Neighborhood’s 50 years and the beautiful diversity of residents we impact every day, a fitting recap of 2020 reminding us of the importance of all lives,” said Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Oakridge’s president and CEO.

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