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Make Their Gold Teeth Ache
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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.

I Like It Here! Iowa Artists 2014: Mitchell Squire

October 31, 2014 — February 8, 2015

Performance + Gallery Talk: October 30 / 6:30 pm
Lower level, Richard Meier building

Iowa Artists 2014 features the work of Ames-based artist Mitchell Squire. Squire’s unique combination of found-object installation, sculpture, and performance has not only been shown throughout Iowa, but at New York’s CUE Art Foundation and London’s White Cube Gallery. In 2010 he received both the Camille Hanks Cosby Fellowship and the Midwestern Voices and Vision Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities. He is currently an associate professor of architecture at Iowa State University. Iowa Artists 2014: Mitchell Squire — I Like it Here! will be exhibited in the lower level of the Art Center’s Richard Meier building. Inspired by an 1856 text by Benjamin Drew entitled A North-Side View of Slavery. The Refugee: or the Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada. Related by Themselves, With an Account of the History and Condition of  the Colored Population of Upper Canada, as well as an artist residency at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, the exhibition will coalesce around themes of migration and labor. The show will feature recent sculpture, drawing, photography, and video. Like much of the artist’s previous work, artifacts, personal narrative, and socio-political issues both past and present, are critical concepts to be explored. The exhibition is organized by Associate Curator Laura Burkhalter.