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Make Their Gold Teeth Ache

by Alissa Sheldon

        On Friday, July 10, Moberg Gallery premieres “Make Their Gold Teeth Ache”, a gathering of works by artists seeking to provide illumination on racial identity, awareness, and inequality.  

        The collection, which includes works by artists from Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other U.S. cities, is curated by Des Moines native and globally acclaimed artist, Jordan Weber.  Weber, whose most recent installations, “American Dreamers” and “American Dreamers Phase 2” appeared in New York and Los Angeles respectively, explains the concept of the show:

   When whites develop the ability to see their racial positions from the perspectives of people of color, then this multilateral double consciousness can enable a form of critical interracial dialogue within the walls of art spaces. My goal with this exhibition is to assert a provocative array of work to stimulate our thinking on this important contemporary topic with deep historical roots.

        “Make Their Gold Teeth Ache” includes works from artists John Sims, Dread Scott, Rico Gatson, Mitchell Squire, Loren Holland, Eliza Myrie, Kohshin Finley, and Delfin Finley.  The show runs from July 10 through August 22 at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines.  Opening Reception is Friday, July 10.

Photo:  Dread Scott, ‘On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, performance still 2,’ 2014. Photograph: Mark Von Holden Photography.

Week of June 24


The Interrobang Film Festival runs from June 26 through June 28 at the downtown library.  Read Alissa Sheldon’s preview of the festival on the Art Beacon website.

E V E N T S :

WEDS JUNE 24, 5 PM  Frank Hansen Art Benefit Show:  The Patient Rider, Nest Gallery

WEDS JUNE 24, 6 PM Town Square Art Show, Crane Artist Lofts

WEDS JUNE 24, 6 PM Fitch Artist Studios Open House

WEDS JUNE 24, 6 PM Big Top Bacchus Life Drawing, Darker Marker Productions

WEDS JUNE 24, 7 PM Urban Visionaries Show, Viaduct Gallery

WEDS June 24, 7 PM Aerial Expo, Courtyard, Des Moines Social Club

THURS JUNE 25, 6:30 PM Gallery Talk:  Fiber, Des Moines Art Center

FRI JUNE 26, 11 AM Interrobang Film Festival Begins, Downtown Library

FRI JUNE 26, 11 AM Des Moines Arts Festival Begins, Western Gateway

FRI JUNE 26, 4 PM  Happy Hour Artist Reception with Thomas C. Jackson, Proof

FRI June 26, 5 PM Van Holmgren S.O.S. Q&A, The Lift

SAT June 27, 10 AM ArtFest Midwest, Iowa State Fairgrounds

SAT June 27, 2 PM Too Broke for the Arts Festival Fest, Vaudeville Mews

SAT June 27, 7 PM John Huffman Pizza Party!, Transient Gallery, Nestcraft

D E A D L I N E S :

NewBo Art Fest - Call for Artist DEADLINE August 15th


Still photo from feature film “Wildlike” by Frank Green

Interrobang Film Festival

by Alissa Sheldon

On June 26, the Interrobang Film Festival opens in the downtown library with over fifty films from around the world. Entering its eighth year, this year’s festival will have greater audience involvement than ever before.  

Festival producer Kristian Day says, “This year, we are focusing on creating a more interactive festival.  Audiences will have the opportunity to meet the creative forces behind the films at the Midwest Filmmaker Discussion Panel, and can take part in the vote for the Audience Choice selection.  In addition, we have included vendor tables and concessions outside the screening rooms for our audience’s convenience and comfort.”

This year, notable selections include Frank Green’s critically acclaimed feature, “Wildlike”, and Meryl Goldsmith’s controversial documentary, “The Syndrome,” which screens Friday afternoon, with the filmmaker in attendance.

Highlights of the weekend include the Mobile Innovation Screening, featuring short films created using mobile phones, followed by an iPhone Filmmaking Workshop.  In addition, author Marty Knepper, will host a lecture and book signing of her new work, “The Book of Iowa Films”.  

The Interrobang Film Festival begins at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 26.  The awards ceremony will be at 3:00 on Sunday, June 28.  All schedule details can be found at the Des Moines Arts Festival website.


Top still from feature film “Wildlike”, directed by Frank Green

Bottom still from student film “Nobody”, directed by William Bryan