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Graphic Anatomy of the Modern Epic: Six Accounts of the Production of Rural Iowa

May 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

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Opening Reception of Exhibition (Mainframe Studios, 4th floor):
Graphic Anatomy of the Modern Epic: Six Accounts of the Production of Rural Iowa
The landscapes of Iowa increasingly defy singular narrative depiction. Irreducible to small-town Americana and no longer the locality of pragmatic agricultural industrialism of heartland rural life, Iowa is perhaps better understood as a hybrid space—a territorial technology whose machines and geologies are as much a part of global spaces and circulations as they participate in the construction of local life and the networks of everyday modes of existence. Over the course of four days, students at Iowa State University’s Department of Architecture explored this space, compiling ethnographic studies of actor-networks that animate Iowa’s industrial agricultural landscapes, historical accounts of the appropriation, distribution and production of this space, and research on the political complexities of its present state. The outcome of this work was an attempt to document both a specific space and its historical production through the practice of ‘public drawing’, in which groups of students each collectively composed a single drawing. Each drawing folds both time and space into each other as an attempt to revisit the epic form and to remind the viewer that landscape is both system and archive. This workshop was run by renowned architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-Wow as this year’s annual OPN Masterclass. The exhibition features the six 36”x80” panels of drawings produced by students during the course of the workshop. The exhibition will run from May 1-9, 2019, with an opening reception 5-8 p.m., Friday, May 3.

Exhibitions & Journal Launch at Mainframe Studios

Art event by Iowa State University – Department of Architecture and Datum on Friday, May 3 2019


May 3, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
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Mainframe Studios
900 Keosauqua Way
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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