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Late Fall Exhibitions

Opening November 8, 2014

The Intimate Diebenkorn:
Works on Paper, 1949–1992

The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper, 1949-1992 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.