Here's a round-up of humanities events we've supported around the state over the last couple of months. For more information on our events past and future, click here. 

Monument Valley Exhibition
Des Moines Art Center
Des Moines, IA
Exhibit closed January


The Fictional Road Trip    ©Anja Niemi 2018

Monument Valley was an art exhibition that explored multiple views of the complicated construct that is the “American West.”  It ran through January, featuring contemporary artists who view the stereotypes and mythology around the West and westerns. The artists for Monument Valley are Indigenous, Black, white, Latinx, and multiracial, from multiple regions of North America, and represent various cultural backgrounds and identities. Artists featured in the exhibition included Gina Adams, Doug Aitken, Angela Ellsworth, Kahlil Joseph, John Jota Leaños, Kent Monkman, Anja Niemi, Catherine Opie, Wendy Red Star, Sarah Sense, and Jordan Weber. 

Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives // Perspectives on Childhood: Photographs by Oscar Grossheim 1900 - 1925
Muscatine Art Center
Muscatine, IA

This amazing exhibition exploring childhood in the Muscatine area between 1900 and 1925 closed on January 7th. It presented the photographs of Oscar Grossheim who opened his first studio with his brother in Muscatine in 1887. The Muscatine Art Center staff selected images of children from the 55,000+ in the Musser Public Library's Oscar Grossheim Collection. The collection includes many posed images of middle and upper class children and families, but it also contains candid images of farm families, African American children, kids playing in the street, group photos in front of schools, young children present among groups of workers, children at the family business, racially integrated school classes, Thanksgiving dinner for children of the poor, parades, playgrounds, and everyday life activities. 

Kristen Iverson 
The Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series 2019 - 2020

Iowa State University Memorial Union, Sun Room
Ames, IA
December 3, 2019

The Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series 2019 - 2020 is a long-running reading series in Ames that brings authors to Ames under the theme of "Where Social & Environmental Justice Meet." The most recent installment of this reading series featured award-winning author Kristen Iverson (Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats; Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth; and Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction). Iverson has also published in the New York Times, American Scholar, The Nation, and others. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati