Exhibition Focuses on Berlin’s Weimar Era in Jeanne Mammen: City of Women

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DES MOINES, IA.- The Des Moines Art Center opened an exhibition entitled Jeanne Mammen: City of Women, which runs through December 12, 2010 in the Blank One Gallery. Working as a magazine illustrator in the years just before World War II, Jeanne Mammen captured a world of raucous nightclubs, smoky cafés, and vibrant street life in her stylized and often critical images. A sharp observer of urban life, Mammen was among the first generation of female artists to live independently, allowing her the chance to roam about 1920s and 30s Europe with a freedom only male artists had previously enjoyed. Unsurprisingly, her images often focus on other independent women, from haughty socialites and fashionable middle class shop girls to street singers and prostitutes. Featuring 13 watercolors