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Now Showing: AU Museum Unveils Six Spring Exhibits

By Adrienne Frank

Marisa Baumgartner, proposed installation of "Grande Avenues" at the AU Museum.

The Katzen Arts Center is bustling this week, as the American University Museum opens six new exhibitions. Featuring sculptures, multimedia, paintings, photography, and drawings by six talented women, the shows run from January 25 to March 13. Five of the artists will also host gallery talks over the next few weeks.

Linn Meyers: A Very Particular Moment
This exhibition explores the artist’s process, culminating in Linn Meyers’ largest temporary drawing to date. Meyers will spend two weeks in the museum creating a 35-foot-tall drawing made with sinuous and twisting lines. The exhibitions will also feature preparatory drawings and video documentation of other temporary pieces that Meyers has made at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Upcoming: Gallery talk, February 12, 4 p.m.

Nicole Cohen: Driving in Circles
Berlin– and New York–based artist Nicole Cohen presents new work, “Driving in Circles,” video projections with sound and sculptures. Layering videos of D.C.’s iconic traffic circles, Cohen uses multiple projections of the city’s urban landscape to create synthesis between historical points of reference and contemporary perspectives.

Upcoming: Gallery talk with Marisa Baumgartner, February 26, 4 p.m.

The Dark and Humorous Mind of Heather Wilcoxon
Heather Wilcoxon brings a San Francisco Bay area perspective to her seemingly whimsical but politically-charged paintings that express the humor, fear, absurdity, and brutality of the human race. Inspired by environmental issues, Wilcoxon’s newest series, “Sludge Drawings,” is a grouping of haunting images that document her response to the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marisa Baumgartner: Grande Avenues
As a Washington, D.C., native, New York-based artist Marisa Baumgartner uses the intricacies of its complex system of circles and cross streets. For this new exhibition, she explores the implications of D.C.’s monuments through photography, text drawings, works on paper, and a 20-foot tall window image of General Artemas Ward, the subject of the statue that overlooks the Katzen Arts Center.

Upcoming: Gallery talk with Nicole Cohen, February 26, 4 p.m.

Julie Linowes: Stain
Julie Linowes creates emotionally wrought installations where beautiful, translucent images are layered disturbingly against spreading, seeping lacunae.

Upcoming: Gallery talk, March 12, 4 p.m.

Dafna Kaffeman: What Could be Sweeter than Going to Paradise
Israeli artist Dafna Kaffeman’s delicate glass sculptures mimic organic forms such as leaves, fur, and flowers. Her small works and large scale installations often deal with issues raised by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; one installation, “Mantis Religiosa,” consists of lifelike lampworked glass objects and handkerchiefs embroidered by Israeli men.

Upcoming: Lecture with artist Mindy Weisel, January 27, 7 p.m.; gallery talk, January 29, 5 p.m.

The AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is open from Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and one hour before Katzen events. Admission is free. For more information, contact 885-1300 or visit