Galleries & Art Museums: Fairfield Collectors Exhibit Their Prized Works

Andy Warhol’s Ingrid Berman, from Fairfield Collects, at ICON Gallery through October 19.

ICON GALLERY, 58 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 469-6252. Fairfield Collects. Topnotch works owned by Fairfield collectors are brought together in one show. Included are works by Andy Warhol, Toulouse-Lautrec, Dali, Courbet, and Sam Gilliam. September 6-October 19.

DES MOINES ART CENTER 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines. (515) 277-4405. Between Vertical and the Horizon: Japanese Works on Paper. Works from the mid-19th century through the 1980s illuminate the influence they’ve had on contemporary Japanese artists. Included in the exhibition are woodblock prints by Ando Hiroshige and Utagawa Kunisada, drawings by artist and architect Shusaku Arakawa, and lithographs by Okiie Hashimoto and Shoichi Ida. Through October 27. Jeffrey Gibson: I Was Here. For the past two decades, Gibson has been producing work that addresses themes of race, gender, sexuality, and religion. In this exhibition, the artist explores “how the representation of one’s subjective narrative is complex, valid, and never didactic.” His first video project, a hybrid of documentary and invented narrative, features Macy, a transgender woman living on the Choctaw reservation in Mississippi. May 24–September 22. Queer Abstraction. The first exhibition in the center’s 70-year history to focus exclusively on queer subject matter, it marks a substantial shift in programming by purposely including queer voices that have been left out of art history. June 1–September 8. Iowa Artists: Noah Doely. Based in Cedar Falls, Noah Doely produces work focused on science and the history of visual perception, as well as the origins of photography, myth, and the world. June 21–October 13. Monument Valley. Taking its title from this celebrated and exploited landscape, Monument Valley presents multiple views of the complicated construct that is the American West. October 5–January 12. Of Our Time: Contemporary Art by Indigenous Artists from the Permanent Collection. This exhibition recognizes the contributions of Indigenous artists to contemporary art. From the Pop Art-inspired works of Fritz Scholder to Duane Slick’s poetic reflections on prairie wildlife, this selection presents an array of subject matter, from historic conflict to environmental preservation. October 18–January 12.

FIGGE ART MUSEUM, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. (563) 326-7804. Vanessa German: Miracles and Glory Abound. This exhibition features a modern version of Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting Washington Crossing the Delaware that addresses contemporary issues of racism, nationalism, and the mythologization of history. Through September 1.  Randy Richmond: Verisimilitude. Ten large-format photographs combine aspects of still lifes with the dramatic portraiture of 19th-century photographs. Through January 5. Vik Muniz: Hand Remade. Muniz is known for manipulating familiar materials by hand. In the featured Pictures of Garbage series, Muniz relied on garbage pickers to supply him with discarded toilet seats, shoes, and other refuse to recreate his famous works of art, piece by piece. Through Sept. 29. John Dilg—Arterial Resources. In small, devotional landscapes, Dilg explores his lifelong interest in the natural environment and his search for forms that best distill a life of memory and experience. September 14–January 5. Mia Feuer: Totems of the Anthropocene. Several installations and a one-person synthetic ice rink help the visitor envision environmental consequences after prolonged exposure to petroleum products. September 21–December 29.

GRINNELL COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, Grinnell College, 1108 Park St, Grinnell. (641) 269-4660. For Campus and Community: The Collection of the Grinnell College Museum of Art. Representing works collected for over a century, this collection spans the centuries and the globe. Through December 14.

CEDAR RAPIDS MUSEUM OF ART, 410 3rd Ave. S.E., Cedar Rapids. John Beckelman: Horizon Suite. Using the expressive potential of clay and other materials, Beckelman explores the transitional space where the sky meets the land or sea. The artist, who lives and works in Cedar Rapids, finds a curious intersection between the seemingly enduring character of earth and the fleeting impermanence of the world. Through Jan. 4. Kick Up Your Heels: The Fine Art of Shoes. The humble shoe has been the focus of some of the most outrageous fashion ideas. Inspired by the exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe from the Brooklyn Museum, this show celebrates the unique design elements in contemporary women’s shoes. Through September 1. Bruce Beasley: A New Direction. Beasley selects virtual reality gestures that “sing” and then prints monumental versions of these images onto canvas. He studies the printed gestures, cuts them into fragments, and moves them around like so many puzzle pieces to create the collages on view. Through October 27.  Into the Blue. Iowa artists present a range of artworks on the theme of the color blue. Through September 15. Haunted: Marvin Cone’s Ghosts. A fascinating subset of Cone’s work features images of ghosts and shadowy figures set within moody interiors. September 14–December 8.

HENDERSON’S GALLERY, 53 W. Broadway, Fairfield. (641) 209-1988. The Watercolor Show. Through September 29.

HOYT-SHERMAN THEATRE, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507. Notable artworks in Hoyt-Sherman’s collection are on view.


OLSON LARSON GALLERIES, 203 5th St, West Des Moines. (515)-277-6734. 

MUSCATINE ART CENTER, 1314 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine. (563) 263-8282. 

UI MUSEUM OF ART, Iowa Memorial Union, Black Box Theater, Iowa City. (319) 335-1727.

PUBLIC SPACE ONE, 120 N. Dubuque St., lower level of Wesley Building, Iowa City. (319) 331-8893.

ART CENTER OF BURLINGTON, 301 Jefferson St., Burlington. (319) 754-8069.

IOWA ARTISANS GALLERY. 207 E. Washington, Iowa City. (319) 351-8686.

MARVIN CONE GALLERY. Coe College, 1220 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 399-8500. 

UNITY GALLERY, MUM Library, N. Highway, Fairfield.

CSPS, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1530.

JANALYN HANSON WHITE GALLERY. Mount Mercy University, 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA. (319) 363-8213.

AMERICUS DIAMOND, corner of Main St. and Burlington, Fairfield. Featuring the artwork of Christopher Kufner.

CATICH GALLERY, Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport. 563-333-6444.

ANOMALY GALLERY, 105 N. Court, Ottumwa. (641) 777-8446.

FORT MADISON ART CENTER, 1314 Mulberry Ave. (319) 372-8780.

DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART, 701 Locust St., Dubuque. (563) 557-1851.

INDIAN HILLS ART GALLERY, Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144.

OCTAGON CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 427 Douglas Ave., Ames. (515) 232-5331.

AMANA ARTS GUILD. 1 block north of Highway 220, High Amana. (319) 622-3678.

SIOUX CITY ART CENTER, 225 Nebraska St., Sioux City. (712) 279-6272. Grant Wood’s Corn Room Mural. The Corn Room mural was one of four murals commissioned by Omaha businessman Eugene Eppley for his hotels in Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Sioux City. Originally part of the historical Martin Hotel, the Corn Room was created by Grant Wood in 1927, then lost for decades under paint and old wallpaper, only to be rediscovered in 1979. Ongoing.