Thanks to a major gift from American University alumna and art advocate Carolyn Alper, the AU Museum at the Katzen Art Center has established the Alper Initiative for Washington Art.
PERFORMING THE BORDER
Alper Initiative for Washington Art June 17 - August 13, 2017
Curated by Megan Rook-Koepsel
The Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents a group
exhibition curated by Megan Rook-Koepsel, Performing
the Border. The borders that separate people and things are constantly
changing, and quite often completely arbitrary, yet the importance placed on
them would seem to suggest otherwise. Featuring Washington artists Clay
Dunklin, Amy Lin, Susana Raab, Jenny Wu, and Street Light Circus,
Performing the Border explores the
concept of borders and boundaries, both the ways we perform within them, and
the way the border is often itself a performance.
The artist's featured in Performing the Border are:
Clay Dunklin, Amy
Lin, Susana Raab, Jenny Wu, and the artist collective Street Light Circus, including Montana DeBor, Christian Kloc, Darren Rabinowitz and Dani Steuber.
June 17, 6-9 pm: Opening Reception featuring circus vignettes by Street Light Circus.
July 27, 5:30-7 pm: Free Parking: Salon style conversation at the Alper with curator Megan Rook-Koepsel and the artists in Performing the Border
The Alper Initiative for Washington Art promotes an understanding and appreciation of the art and artists of the Washington Metropolitan Area. We provide and staff a dedicated space located within the American University Museum, to present exhibitions, programs, and resources for the study and encouragement of our creative community.
The ONLY museum space in DC dedicated to the display, research, and encouragement of the region's art and artistic community
Our presentation of the initiative mission and vision has generated supportive feedback from the community.
"I think there has always been a separation from the National Identity of Washington, DC and the Local Identity of DC. Partnering with the American University Museum helps to soften those boundaries and raise the level of critical attention towards local talent."
— Judy Byron, Local artist
“The Alper Initiative is in the process of revolutionizing the way that Washington, DC sees its visual artists; this is a game-changer for our area's cultural tapestry.”
— F. Lennox Campello, local artist and art critic
Letter from the Director
The Alper Initiative for Washington Art is the gift of Carolyn Small Alper, a Washington artist, AU alumna, and philanthropist. It provides the space and resources to fulfill one of the American University Museums’s primary objectives and meet one of the region’s greatest needs: to promote an understanding and appreciation of our region’s art and artists from our past, present, and future. It is an exhibition space and a place for study and research. But it is first of all a meeting place for people and ideas. Its most important contribution to the Washington region may well be the opportunities it provides for us to exchange perceptions and, perhaps, rewrite the history of Washington art.
The Initiative presents five exhibitions of regional artists each year, creates publications and programming to engage and build the audience for Washington art, and serves as a resource for its study and critical appreciation. Curators are solicited to propose appropriate exhibitions, and artists are invited to submit their work for consideration on our website.
The Initiative is a part of a thriving museum that for ten years has specialized in presenting Washington artists in the larger context of national and international contemporary art. Washington art is strong, intelligent, and relevant, and has earned a prominent place in contemporary cultural discourse. Thanks to the Alper Initiative for Washington Art, we have the means to present serious, focused exhibitions for all the world’s appreciation and enlightenment.