American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center Dedicated to local, international, and political art. Wednesday-Sunday 11:00AM-4:00PM.
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Housed in the dynamic and multidisciplinary Katzen Arts Center, the American University Museum builds its programming on the strengths of a great college and great university. We focus on international art because American University has a global commitment. We show political art because the university is committed to human rights, social justice, and political engagement. We support the artists i

n our community because the university takes an active and responsible role in the formation of our contemporary art and culture. We present exhibitions that mirror American University’s aspiration to be the premier Washington-based, global university. Our programming puts the best art of our region in a national and international context. Our collections enable us to present the art history of Washington, while our Kunsthalle attitude brings the most provocative art of our time to our place.

“In early 2020, I decided to document what the country was going through in the age of COVID, Chaos and Confusion—an era...
04/18/2024

“In early 2020, I decided to document what the country was going through in the age of COVID, Chaos and Confusion—an era that would challenge not only our health but our culture, our politics and our standing in a troubled and dangerous world.” – Bob Schieffer

Meet Bob and learn about the visual story he’s created through his paintings and commentary in our gallery talk for his exhibition “Looking for the Light” this weekend – April 20, at 2pm.
One Million, 2022. Oil on canvas, 41 x 31 in. Courtesy of the artist; Photos of opening reception April 6 (c) Bruce Guthrie.

🎨 Dive into the mesmerizing world of Neal Gwaltney ( Neal Gwaltney Fine Artist ) at the AU MFA in Studio Art thesis exhi...
04/17/2024

🎨 Dive into the mesmerizing world of Neal Gwaltney ( Neal Gwaltney Fine Artist ) at the AU MFA in Studio Art thesis exhibition ! 🖌️ Neal invites you to explore the interplay between representation and abstraction in his captivating paintings.

Neal obscures and excavates images, pondering questions of narrative and the malleability of imagery over time. From childhood recollections to layered printed oil paint, each piece tells a unique story waiting to be uncovered.

See his work on display now through May 19. 🌟
Neal Gwaltney, Foundations V, 2024, Charcoal, paper, and oil on canvas, 36x44in, Courtesy of the artist
; Neal Gwaltney, Foundations VI, 2024, Charcoal, paper, and oil on canvas, 36x44in, Courtesy of the artist

🌿 Explore Lindsay Mueller's captivating landscapes at AU MFA in Studio Art thesis exhibition  ! 🎨 Lindsay's art delves i...
04/17/2024

🌿 Explore Lindsay Mueller's captivating landscapes at AU MFA in Studio Art thesis exhibition ! 🎨 Lindsay's art delves into the delicate balance between nature and urban life, capturing subtle intersections where humanity meets the environment.

With vibrant colors and textured layers, Lindsay accentuates moments of connection and rupture in her paintings. 🖌️ Experience the immediacy of fluorescent and metallic paints against deeply chromatic passages. Don't miss Lindsay's work, where plaster creates dimensional texture, embedding ephemeral information from the landscape. Each brushstroke accumulates location-based details, echoing the shifting yet weighted presence of being. 🌆🌱

On display now through May 19. 🌟
Lindsay Mueller, A Dicey Eight Inch Commute, 2024, oil and plaster on wood panel, 8.5 x 7 inches, Courtesy of the artist; Lindsay Mueller, Trunk, 2023, oil and plaster on wood panel, 24 x 18 inches, Courtesy of the artist

Exciting news! The collaborative event Do The Loop is returning on April 27, 2024, with AU Museum participating once aga...
04/16/2024

Exciting news! The collaborative event Do The Loop is returning on April 27, 2024, with AU Museum participating once again, and the Georgetown University Art Galleries and more joining in on the fun. Mark your calendars and get ready to explore the amazing art institutions in Washington, DC:
The Kreeger Museum
Dumbarton Oaks
Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery at Georgetown University
The Jackson Art Center
Addison/Ripley Fine Art
Micheline Klagsbrun Studios

Stay updated on the day's events by visiting dotheloopdc.org and following their instagram .

Join us on April 20 at 2pm for a gallery talk on our exhibition "Looking for the Light" with legendary journalist-turned...
04/16/2024

Join us on April 20 at 2pm for a gallery talk on our exhibition "Looking for the Light" with legendary journalist-turned-artist Bob Schieffer .schieffer. Discover how he explores America's current divide and finds hope in our youth and past heroes. This event is Free and Open for All!
The Poet, 2021. Oil on canvas, 46 x 36 in.; Our Very Best: Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt, 2023. Oil on canvas, 44 x 34 in.; RBG, 2021. Oil on canvas, 41 x 31 in. All courtesy of the artist Bob Schieffer.

Bob Schieffer and Cassidy Hutchinson in front of his portrait of her for the exhibition "Looking for the Light in the Ag...
04/13/2024

Bob Schieffer and Cassidy Hutchinson in front of his portrait of her for the exhibition "Looking for the Light in the Age of COVID, Chaos, and Confusion."

Bob said of Cassidy "No witness who appeared before the January 6 committee provided more drama than 25-year-old former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. On national television, she said the president tried to force the Secret Service agent driving the presidential limo to head toward the U.S. Capitol, where the marchers were going. She also spoke about a day when she helped a White House valet clean catsup from the wall of the president’s private dining room after a plate of food had been thrown against the wall."

Stop by for Bob's gallery talk April 20th at 2pm!
Cassidy Hutchinson: Profile in Courage, 2021. Oil on canvas, 41 x 31 in. Courtesy of the artist, Bob Schieffer

Exploring the multifaceted depths of Blackness,  Charles Jean-Pierre's artwork unveils a world of metaphorical complexit...
04/11/2024

Exploring the multifaceted depths of Blackness, Charles Jean-Pierre's artwork unveils a world of metaphorical complexity. Through multimedia collages and repurposed artifacts, he constructs a visual language that challenges conventions and confronts symbols.

See his work on display in the AU Master of Fine Arts studio art exhibition SURFACE TENSION, now through May 19.
Charles Jean-Pierre, La Métropole, 2024. Found object (Rusted Cans), 20'x20"30"; Little Boy On The Prairie | Chopping Wood, 2023. Enamel on plaster, 3 x 3 x 4"; Koboy (Cowboy), 2023. Powder coated found object, 24 x 36 x 36".

Join us in celebrating the beauty and diversity of nature through music on Earth Month! AU Chamber Singers present "In N...
04/10/2024

Join us in celebrating the beauty and diversity of nature through music on Earth Month! AU Chamber Singers present "In Nature's Realm" - a showcase of composers expressing nature’s awesomeness, highlighting the inseparable connection between humans and the planet. 🌿🎶

Tickets for April 13th & 14th shows: https://ow.ly/mRuF50RcBQg

PRESS UPDATE: New York Times' coverage on Bob Schieffer's Looking for the Light exhibition at AU Museum. After the succe...
04/09/2024

PRESS UPDATE: New York Times' coverage on Bob Schieffer's Looking for the Light exhibition at AU Museum.

After the success of the opening reception, we are excited to share a glowing review by the Times. Drop by during our regular hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-4pm to view it before everyone. Tag us in your posts!

https://ow.ly/f3sI50RbL1s

The Moon   the Sun in  , but couldn't   the stunning artworks by Dana Hart-Stone on display at AU Museum! Kaleidoscope i...
04/08/2024

The Moon the Sun in , but couldn't the stunning artworks by Dana Hart-Stone on display at AU Museum!
Kaleidoscope is an exhibition of large-scale UV cured acrylic ink on canvas pieces. Don't miss your chance to see the ! 🎨🖼️

Watch this CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies interview about Bob Schieffer and his new show Looking fo...
04/05/2024

Watch this CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies interview about Bob Schieffer and his new show Looking for the Light.:

https://youtu.be/HTiXQgrsTOA

And with that, a subtle reminder to join us at our mid-season Opening Reception at AU Museum tomorrow, April 6th! Come meet the artists from 5.30-8pm... both shows have a talk planned for the evening. Arrive early to enjoy light refreshments!

1: Looking for the Light, featuring paintings by legendary CBS journalist BOB SCHIEFFER

2: Our very own AU Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts Thesis Exhibition featuring
MARIE B GAUTHIEZ
GENIE GHIM
NEAL GWALTNEY
CHARLES JEAN-PIERRE
LINDSAY MUELLER
TAYLOR SIZEMORE

Legendary CBS Newsman Bob Schieffer is not only an award winning journalist but an accomplished painter as well. On April 6th his new exhibit “Looking For T...

ANNOUNCEMENT: As the weather warms with the promise of spring, two new exhibitions are opening at AU Museum tomorrow, Ap...
04/05/2024

ANNOUNCEMENT:
As the weather warms with the promise of spring, two new exhibitions are opening at AU Museum tomorrow, April 6th. Come meet the artists at 5.30-8pm during the reception! Both shows have a talk planned for the evening. Arrive early to enjoy light refreshments.

1: Our very own AU Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts Thesis Exhibition featuring
MARIE B GAUTHIEZ
GENIE GHIM
NEAL GWALTNEY
CHARLES JEAN-PIERRE
LINDSAY MUELLER
TAYLOR SIZEMORE

2: Looking for the Light, featuring paintings by legendary CBS journalist BOB SCHIEFFER

✨ Getting the AU Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition ready for our mid-season Opening Reception. Come join us this wee...
04/03/2024

✨ Getting the AU Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition ready for our mid-season Opening Reception. Come join us this weekend to see works from the 6 sensational student artists featured in their show SURFACE TENSION! April 6, 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Light refreshments while they last!

Are you as excited as we are to host Bob Schieffer's exhibition "Looking for Light"? Have you heard the news about our o...
04/02/2024

Are you as excited as we are to host Bob Schieffer's exhibition "Looking for Light"? Have you heard the news about our opening reception on April 6th? Yes, your favorite CBS host-turned-artist is coming to AU Museum in just 4 days! Countdown begins...🕙

Event details: link in bio.

Images: Bob Schieffer photographed with The Poet; Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man, 2021. Oil on canvas, 43 x 31 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Mark your calendar! Our mid-season reception celebrates the opening of two brand-new shows. Join us April 6, 5:30-8:00pm...
04/01/2024

Mark your calendar! Our mid-season reception celebrates the opening of two brand-new shows. Join us April 6, 5:30-8:00pm.

Drop by the   for a Gallery talk on The Human Flood exhibition with curator Laura Roulet and artists Elyn Weiss & Sondra...
03/22/2024

Drop by the for a Gallery talk on The Human Flood exhibition with curator Laura Roulet and artists Elyn Weiss & Sondra N. Arkin on March 23rd at 2-3pm.
The event is open to everyone!

*NEW EXHIBITION ALERT* Long time CBS journalist Bob Schieffer documents one of America’s most difficult eras in "Looking...
03/21/2024

*NEW EXHIBITION ALERT*
Long time CBS journalist Bob Schieffer documents one of America’s most difficult eras in "Looking for the Light". He shows us how efforts to combat COVID-19 deeply divided us, and yet there is hope because the awful times produced heroes such as Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who wrote “The light is always there if we are brave enough to see it, if we are brave enough to be it".

So get excited for "Looking for Light" opening at AU Museum on April 6!
For more information: https://ow.ly/9NTS50QXVIu

The colors in “Art and the Demands of Memory: Works by Second-Generation Holocaust Survivors” are mostly muted or dark, ...
03/20/2024

The colors in “Art and the Demands of Memory: Works by Second-Generation Holocaust Survivors” are mostly muted or dark, evoking loss and devastation. But the multimedia works by 10 local Jewish artists, curated by Aneta Georgievska-Shine, are brightened by glimmers of color and light, often signifying hope or gratitude."

Read the full story: https://wapo.st/4ckok97

This is your opportunity to immerse yourself further into The Human Flood exhibition at  , through a conversation with t...
03/18/2024

This is your opportunity to immerse yourself further into The Human Flood exhibition at , through a conversation with the curator and artists. You can even revisit the exhibition with a renewed appreciation after the Gallery Talk.
Event sign up link in bio.

TODAY (3/17) is the last day to see two of our limited-run exhibitions before they close:-The Very Idea! Art of Brian Ka...
03/17/2024

TODAY (3/17) is the last day to see two of our limited-run exhibitions before they close:

-The Very Idea! Art of Brian Kavanagh
-New Perspective on The New Thing: A Photography Exhibition Documenting DC's Revolutionary Community Arts Center, 1966-1972

“My life as an artist has been an expression of exploration of my interior self in my environment.” —Barbara KerneJoin u...
03/15/2024

“My life as an artist has been an expression of exploration of my interior self in my environment.” —Barbara Kerne

Join us TOMORROW 3/16 at 2pm, for a special gallery talk with artist Barbara Kerne and curator Vivienne Lassman as they discuss Kerne’s extensive career and immersive exhibition “The Tree Around the Corner.”

psst... two of our limited-run exhibitions end this Sunday. Don't miss "New Perspective on the New Thing - a rarely told...
03/13/2024

psst... two of our limited-run exhibitions end this Sunday. Don't miss "New Perspective on the New Thing - a rarely told history showing how community was authentically built in segregated Washington, DC, and The Very Idea: Art of Brian Kavanagh - a retrospective of the late artist whose are was pervasively informed by his interest in ideation, the thought process itself. Catch them before they close March 17!

The   exhibition explores the very idea of ideation - a meta look into art that is astounding to witness. The first pain...
03/12/2024

The exhibition explores the very idea of ideation - a meta look into art that is astounding to witness.

The first painting in a broken disheveled frame have people perplexed if someone broke it or that's how it's supposed to be (*Spoiler Alert*).

Last chance to step into the exhibition at AU Museum and be magically transported to Adams Morgan in the 60s. The jazz m...
03/11/2024

Last chance to step into the exhibition at AU Museum and be magically transported to Adams Morgan in the 60s. The jazz music, the photographs and the memorabilia from an important cultural institution of the era is a treat for all senses!

Join us this Saturday, Mar. 16th, from 2-3 pm for a conversation between curator Vivienne M. Lassman and Barbara Kerne, ...
03/11/2024

Join us this Saturday, Mar. 16th, from 2-3 pm for a conversation between curator Vivienne M. Lassman and Barbara Kerne, the artist at the heart of our current exhibition “The Tree Around the Corner.”

Follow along as the two take us on a retrospective tour of the artist’s spiritual connection to nature, and be reminded of its fragility and our duty to protect it.
Barbara Kerne, Day and Night, 2022. Oil on linen, 39 x 39 inches.

The late Brian Kavanagh and Howard Fox, (co-curator for our exhibition “The Very Idea! Art of Brian Kavanagh”), became f...
03/08/2024

The late Brian Kavanagh and Howard Fox, (co-curator for our exhibition “The Very Idea! Art of Brian Kavanagh”), became fast friends while working at the Hirshhorn. Fox shows us a bit of Washington history through the lens of Kavanagh’s art from 1975 until the ’90s. Kavanagh’s paintings reveal a city very different from the one we associate with the Washington Color School and the commercial and critical acclaim surrounding it. There is a surreal, conceptual side of Washington that Fox chronicles beautifully. We are so grateful for the thoughtful history he lays out for the viewer. It could only be told by an artworld insider and sensitive observer, and it is an invaluable addition to our understanding of where we’ve been and how we got here.

See “The Very Idea! Art of Brian Kavanagh" before it closes March 17.
Brian Kavanagh, Just a Cheap Old Camera, 1977. Oil on canvas, 48 ½ x 48 ⅝ in. Courtesy of the Estate of Brian Kavanagh.

“A good painting is a little bit like a riddle or word game we must decipher.”-Brian KavanaghCome fire up those brain sy...
03/06/2024

“A good painting is a little bit like a riddle or word game we must decipher.”
-Brian Kavanagh

Come fire up those brain synapses... see The Very Idea! Art of Brian Kavanagh before it closes March 17.
Brian Kavanagh, A Cenotaph – Mors letum obitus, 1985–1987. Oil on canvas, wood, gilded molding in an artist-constructed frame, framed: 28 x 60 x 3 ½ in. Gilded frame fragment:
2 x 3 ⅝ x 1 inch. Private Collection.

03/05/2024

See "Art and the Demands of Memory: Works by Second Generation Holocaust Survivors" on view at AU Museum until May 19.

Full video by Washington Hebrew Congregation: https://ow.ly/E4WB50QM08R.

Huge honor for AU Museum to receive coverage in the prestigious Washington Hebrew Congregation Journal in the feature st...
03/04/2024

Huge honor for AU Museum to receive coverage in the prestigious Washington Hebrew Congregation Journal in the feature story titled "Facing Family History" on the ongoing exhibition "Art and the Demands of Memory: Works by Second Generation Holocaust Survivors"!
Read the full feature: https://ow.ly/TAHr50QIW8y

The New Thing --- was on the News! Check out this News 4 interview with The New Thing Art & Architecture Center founder ...
03/02/2024

The New Thing --- was on the News! Check out this News 4 interview with The New Thing Art & Architecture Center founder Topper Carew who recently joined a special discussion on our exhibit "New Perspective on the New Thing," open now through March 17!
http://tinyurl.com/4pfm328j

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