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Preview of Spring 2009 Shows at the American University Museum

By Maggie Barrett

The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center announces its line-up of exhibitions for March and April 2009:

Vajda Lajos and Left to Right (Tuesday, March 17–Sunday, April 19)
The exhibitions examine the past and present of Hungarian contemporary art. Vajda Lajos presents the highly influential works of Vajda Lajos, a Hungarian-Jewish painter who died at age 33 from a case of tuberculosis he contracted while in a Jewish forced-labor camp in 1941. Left to Right, is a selection of photo installations and video by young contemporary Hungarian artists.

American University Art Department: Student Exhibitions
(Thursday, April 2–Sunday, May 17)
Showcasing our students’ talents, American University’s Department of Art presents work by our undergraduate (April 2–7), first-year MFA (April 11–19), and MFA thesis students (April 23–May 17). Join us for a display of paintings, prints, sculptures, design, and video installations.

Behind the Velvet Curtain: Contemporary Art from the Czech Republic
(Thursday, April 2–Sunday, May 17)
This exhibition is curated by Martina Pachmanová and sponsored by the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Robin Rose: Cypher (Tuesday, April 7–Sunday, May 17)
Long considered one of the world’s masters of encaustic painting, D.C.-based Robin Rose will be exhibiting his multidimensional, multimedia work.

The American University Museum is a three-story, public museum and sculpture garden located within the university’s Katzen Arts Center. The region’s largest university facility for exhibiting art, the museum has a permanent collection that highlights the donors’ holdings and AU’s Watkins collection. Rotating exhibitions emphasize regional, national and international contemporary art.

The Katzen Arts Center, named for Washington area benefactors Dr. and Mrs. Cyrus Katzen, brings all the visual and performing arts programs at AU into one space. Designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, the Katzen includes the museum, the Abramson Family Recital Hall, the Studio Theatre, a dance studio, an electronics studio, artists’ studios, rehearsal space and classrooms.