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Late Fall Exhibitions

November 7 through December 13, 2015

The World Is a Narrow Bridge

Drawings by Beverly Ress

Over the past several years Beverly Ress has focused on drawing objects collected by natural history and medical museums, then manipulating the paper on which they’re drawn. Her closely observed renderings of objects combine with the abstract paper manipulations to create a contemporary form of memento mori.


Art and Design:
Two Designers and Their Art

Michael Graham and Marc Pekala both trained in graphic design programs and went on to careers in teaching and commercial design. Their design educations provided a foundation and language for their visual exploration. Pekala grew up in Baltimore seeing the poster art of the pop music culture and developed a love for using typographic forms to solve visual problems while studying at AU. Graham studied in Rome and became enamored with Classical art and inscriptional letter forms.


Susanne Kessler: Jerusalem

Tracing the lines of the city map of Jerusalem with pencil or wire, again and again, like a mantra or prayer, allows Susanne Kessler to feel close to Jerusalem—the city of mankind. A city where three monotheistic religions come together, Jerusalem is a geographic gateway between the East and the West, a place where conflicts have influence on the world. Kessler’s exhibition will speak to its architecture to bring forth the ideas of transparency, continuity, difference and conflict in a passage-like environment.

Titus Kaphar: The Vesper Project

This installation is a massive sculptural statement which weaves the artist’s own work into the walls of a 19th century American house. Kaphar’s most ambitious expression to date, The Vesper Project is a culmination of an intense five-year engagement with the lost storylines of the Vesper family. In the artist’s musings, the members of the Vesper family and their histories are intertwined with Kaphar’s autobiographical details and layered with widely­ accepted cultural triggers of identity. Period architecture, gilt frames, a vintage typewriter, a neglected wardrobe and old photographs act as seemingly recognizable elements, but by employing every tool of his trade, Kaphar insinuates doubt and transports the viewer into a disrupted mental state. As the house fractures, so does the viewer’s experience. This exhibition is presented as part of the AU Department of Art’s Visiting Artists Program and is sponsored by the Burger Collection.


Micheline Klagsbrun: Free Fall Flow

DC-based artist Micheline Klagsbrun’s latest work ranges from ink and pencil drawings on vellum to large canvases and three-dimensional wall hangings and sculptural forms. Created by a dynamic interplay of lines, colors and textures, and imbued with light, Klagsbrun’s new works appear weightless and ephemeral. The title Free Fall Flow is the riff off lyrics from the Doors’ 1968 song, Yes, The River Knows, alluding to the fluid and liminal states of transformation in which multiple forms, natural and human, animate and inanimate, are co-present. This exhibition is curated by Vesela Sretenovic.


Francis Cape & Harmony Hammond:
Angle of Repose

The engineering term “angle of repose” refers to the steepest angle material can be piled without collapsing. The collaborative installation of the works of sculptor Francis Cape and painter Harmony Hammond reflect on the precariousness—financial, political, social and emotional—of our lives. Both present absent bodies and question the significance of objects and the vulnerability of our dreams. The exhibition features Cape’s Foreclosure, a scatter of evicted hand-crafted furniture coalescing around a depleted bed and Hammond’s large near-monochrome Flesh Fold paintings with their skin pulled back to reveal a rawness underneath and two smaller mixed-media works suggesting a rupture in the domestic environment.


Joseph White: Paintings and Watercolors 1963-2008

A retrospective of DC artist Joseph White shows the diversity of his work from the 1980s to the present.  The exhibition includes large-scale representational paintings, works on paper and his latest paintings based on Post-It drawings. 


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The Vesper Project

Susanne Kessler,
Jerusalem with Shadow, 2015.
Courtesy of the Artist.

Flesh Fold #1

Harmony Hammond,
Flesh Fold #1, 2014.
Courtesy the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, NYC.

Jerusalem in Shadow

Titus Kaphar,
The Vesper Project, 2012.
Courtesy of Friedman Benda.
Photography by Luke Hanscom.