This publication will accompany Ellen Gallagher’s exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center, which will feature twenty new drawings and a site-specific sculpture. In all of her work, Gallagher merges traditional abstraction with social commentary; this surprising union results in engaging and poetic works that examine the cultural signs of race. The major sculpture in this exhibition and catalogue will have the appearance of a jungle gym, and will be formed of obsessively painted, intertwined wooden dowels. The book as a whole will include essays by several prominent scholars, and will present Gallagher’s interest in cultural history, science, and science fiction. Ellen Gallagher was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and educated at Oberlin College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She has had solo exhibitions at the Gagosian Gallery in New York and Anthony D’Offay Gallery in London. Her work has been reviewed in major art and general-interest publications throughout the world, including “Artforum,” “W,” the “New York Times,” and many others, and is in major public collections nationwide. She lives and works in New York City and Provincetown, Massachussetts. Essays by Jeff Fleming, Robin D.G. Kelley, Catherine de Zegher. Introduction by Susan Lubowsky Talbott.