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Early Fall Exhibitions

Opening September 6, 2014

Fall for the Arts Auction:
Works from the Estate of H. Marc Moyens

September 6 through 20

This year's Fall for the Arts Auction features items from the estate of art enthusiast H. Marc Moyens. Moyens opened Gallery Marc in 1969 in Washington, D.C., as part of the city's first "gallery row" on P Street Northwest. He later opened Gallery K with his partner, Komei Wachi in 1975, which bucked current trends by focusing on photorealism and surrealism at a time when the Washington Color School was favored.


Memorial Modeling:
Peter Belyi and Petr Shvetsov

September 6 through October 19

The installations created by Peter Belyi and Petr Shvetsov refer to a specific doctrine of so-called 'monumental propaganda' that the artists have been developing in recent years. This exhibition is heavily influenced by the artists' shared experience of the collapse of the Soviet Union during their youth. The work comments on the unifying characteristics of suspicion and detachment of all youth that endured the tempestuous times of the collapse. The deliberate use of rude, rough materials and the brutality of approach to their work is representative of the global sorrow they strive to portray.



September 6 through October 19

Curated by artist, art theorist, and Corcoran College of Art and Design professor Mark Cameron Boyd, Readymade@100 celebrates the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp's readymade concept. This juried exhibition includes contemporary artist's submissions of "new" readymades that significantly expand upon Duchamp's originary idea, thus celebrating Duchamp's vision and developing the concept.


Bridging the Past, Present, and Future:
Recent Works by Sandra Ramos

September 6 through October 19

Curated by Diane Camber, this exhibition is comprised of prints, video, collage, and installations created by Cuban artist Sandra Ramos. This artist reflects on the conflicting experiences of living in her beloved homeland with all of its many challenges. Her work often takes a narrative form in which she depicts herself as a child-like explorer or modern day Alice in Wonderland. Ramos' prints and mixed media works feature exquisite craftsmanship and use of color and naiveté, tempered by wit and irony. This exhibition reflects the mordant wit for which Cubans are famous, as well as a kind of nostalgia and exuberance particular to the artist. 


Some Uses of Photography:
Four Washington Artists

September 6 through December 14

The definition of a photograph and its relationship to other visual art forms has undergone enormous changes since the invention of photography in the 19th century. The work of four female artists–Jenn De Palma, Ding Ren, Siobhan Rigg, and Sandra Rottmann –represents this ongoing dialog about craft, authenticity, the role of the artist, and other concerns that embody today's definition of photography and it's varied uses within contemporary art practices. Some Uses of Photography is curated by Phyllis Rosenzweig. 


Sam Noto, Steel Sculpture:
Anxiety and Hope

September 6 through March 15

In his large steel constructions, largely made of found materials, Sam Noto allows his materials to generate form and occupy space in a dynamic way. This sculpture exhibition is both serious and playful and expresses the artist's improvisational technique.


Peter Belyi, Course

Peter Belyi, Course, 2013.


McCabe, Untitled (Feather Dome)

Maureen McCabe, Untitled (Feather Dome), 1972
From Fall for the Arts Auction.

Sam Noto, Whose Side Are You On?

Sam Noto
Whose Side Are You On?
(Detail), 2011-12
Photo: Yassine el Mansouri.
From Sam Noto, Steel Sculpture: Anxiety & Hope.

Late Fall Exhibitions

Opening November 8, 2014

The Intimate Diebenkorn:
Drawings 1952

The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1952 is the first show produced by the Diebenkorn Foundation. This extraordinary exhibition features 40 pieces, most never before publicly viewed. The selected works — pencil and ink drawings on paper, collages of town paper, and watercolors —portray a richly intimate glimpse into the artist's evolution spanning more than 40 years.


Prague, The City of Eugenic Minds

Pavel Stingl, director
Xenie Hoffmeisterová, artist
Patrik Ou?edník, author

The Eugenic Minds project, comprised of a documentary by Pavel Stingl, animations and paintings by Xenie Hoffmeisterová, and literary artwork by Patrik Ou?edník, strives to offer timeless meditation upon the abuse of the human pinnacles of science and education. Secondly, it addresses the question of academic careerism, which under totalitarian regimes reaches self-destructive proportions. This exhibition, coordinated by Czech NGO Shoah Memorial Prague, is their first presentation abroad.


Sculpture Now 2014:
WSG 30th Anniversary

The Washington Sculptors Group celebrates its 30th anniversary by bringing together a diverse collection of current sculptural art. The notion of sculpture has evolved dramatically in the last thirty years. In 1978, the art theorist Rosalind Krauss declared that sculpture as a discipline had collapsed because of the wide range of practices. More recently Johanna Burton remarked that the category of sculpture had not collapsed but was rather "a state of being." This exhibition endeavors to respond to Krauss and Burton's speculation with a selection of contemporary sculpture.

Pieces chosen for the show will highlight the vibrant state of sculpture today and display an array of materials including steel, wood, stone, plastic, drywall, fabric, and more. The show is curated by Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the AU Museum.


My Oyster #7:
Michelle Grabner & Brad Killam

The My Oyster projects are a collaboration between Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, a husband and wife pair working together since 1992. For their My Oyster series, Grabner and Killam employ a large hanging support system to display a selection of their works. The project includes other artifacts that demonstrate their familial relationship to a life of art, including sculptures, working drawings, and related support material. The show was organized by AU art professor Tim Doud.


Ad Infinitum

Curated by Lauren Rice and Brian Barr, Ad Infinitum brings together the work of Clifford Borress, Ian Pedigo, and Letha Wilson, all asked to create new, site-specific works for this exhibition. Each artist will explore the relationship between form and context to investigate the possibilities of meaning embedded within aesthetic experience. They explore the space between discursive research-based practice and formal or heuristic approaches to installation, exhibition, and display of ideas.


Lay of the Land:
Alan Sonfist & Karin F. Gusti

In his body of work, titled Nature Overcomes Machine, Alan Sonfist creates each of the works to be ephemeral and left to pass away, their elements reclaimed by nature.

Karin F. Gusti's installation, titled Event Horizon, creates a psychological landscape that is terrain frozen in space and time. She uses a method of photographing a site in the round, resulting in an anti-vivarium where the enclosed space is not for living organisms, but rather for memory alone.

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Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled (Spade)

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled (Spade), c. 1981.


Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, c. 1958-66.