The AU Museum's spring exhibitions arrive this year in two waves:
Champion Divers: 1st Year MFA Candidate Show
In Residence Colloquium: The Neighbors
Mynd Alive / Bk Adams. I am Art.
Brink & Boundary
Perambulators: 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition
An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle
Opening April 1
1st Year MFA Candidate Show
April 5 – April 20
American University's Department of Art proudly presents their graduate level MFA students in a two-part exhibition this spring. Champion Divers, opening April 5th through April 20th, features the work of 1st year MFA students Ayad Almissouri, Mandy Cooper, Michael Holt, Tim Hoyt, Nathan Mullins, Angel Samudre, Jenny Wu and Bobby Yi. This exhibition showcases the exciting range of artwork AU's multidisciplinary Studio Art program, including works in painting, sculpture, collage and material studies, photography and new media.
In Residence Colloquium:
April 1 – June 1
Curated by Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud
In Residence: The Neighbors is the third and final installment ofa three part colloquia series highlighting the reciprocity between the Washington art community and academic institutions in the DC metro area. The exhibition, co-curated by professors Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud, illustrates a cross-section of nineteen talented and diverse teaching artists from thirteen universities and colleges in the area.
George Washington University: Julia Brown, Dean Kessmann
George Mason University: Mia Feuer
Georgetown University: John Morrell
Catholic University: Jonathan Monahan
Howard University: David Smedley
Corcoran College of Art and Design: Ivan Wittenstein
James Madison University: Jesse Harrod
University of Maryland Baltimore County: Calla Thompson
MICA: Zlata Baum, Lauren Adams, Fletcher Mackey, Sangram Majumdar
Towson University: Nora Stuges, Amanda Burnham
Bowie State University: Gina Lewis
McDaniel College: Steve Pearson
University of Maryland, College Park: Hasan Elahi, Dawn Gavin
April 1 – June 1
Curated by Inhee Iris Moon.
Double Mirror is a mixed media and mixed genre exhibition representing a group of 30 Korean and Korean-American artists whose works share, reflect and refract the conditions of having bi-cultural identities in the ultra modern world. These unique artists covey the cultural complexity and richness of serving two countries, Korea and America, and are regretfully under-recognized by the mainstream American art world. The exhibition explores the ways these contemporary artists have faced, challenged, changed and re-formulated the issue of physical, mental and virtual immigration.
MYND ALIVE / BK ADAMS. I AM ART
April 1 – August 17
This self-taught artist from Washington, D.C. is anything but ordinary. What sets BK ADAMS. I AM ART apart is his ability to embody his work physically, mentally and emotionally. His outward appearance has been described as a walking canvas. He is immediately recognizable by his paint-splattered garments and an assorted collection of glasses and goggles. His personality is exuberant and gravitating, much like his work. The artist considers himself a Thinker, first. His large scale urban sculptures help tell this story in the outdoor sculpture garden this season.
Brink and Boundary
April 1 – August 17
Curated by Danielle O'Steen
Brink and Boundary invites us into our everyday pedestrian spaces. Four artists, Halsey Burgund, Hasan Elahi, Alberto Gaitán and Adam Good, will transform the unconventional and underutilized spaces in the Katzen Art Center and AU Museum into sites of surprising and inventive installations. The artists will activate the museums architecture and public facilities by using new and interactive technologies to encourage the viewer to pause and participate in typically mundane areas like stairwells, hallways and elevators. By leveraging the overlooked, the artists will redefine the boundaries of traditional exhibition spaces.
Opening April 26
2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition
April 26 – May 12
American University's Department of Art proudly presents the work of MFA Thesis candidates in the late spring exhibition Perambulators. The multidisciplinary Studio Art program showcases an exciting range of artwork including works in painting, sculpture, collage and material studies, photography and new media. The MFA Thesis Exhibition Perambulators features work by the following artists: Andy Baritz, Jody Fang, Meredith Greenberg, Christina Humble, Josh Johnson, Randall Lear and David Ross.
An Opening of the Field:
Jess, Robert Duncan, & Their Circle
April 26 – August 17
The artist Jess Collins, known simply as Jess, and the poet Robert Duncan, joined their lives in San Francisco in the early 1950s. In an era of unacceptance, these men formed one of the most fascinating artistic partnerships of the 20th century. At the epicenter of a remarkable circle of friends, Jess and Duncan shared an enduring, collaborative genius that inspired and changed the creative vision of a generation of artists and writers.
This is the first exhibition to explore the couple's artistic production and relationship. Through more than 140 individual and collaborative works of art and personal letters drawn from private and public collections, this exhibition also looks at their influence and unique position as precursors of Postmodernism. A companion catalogue includes essays by William Breazeale, PhD, curator at the Crocker Art Museum, as well as guest curators Michael Duncan and Christopher Wagstaff.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Exhibition support also provided by: Ron Casentini, David Gibson, and William Ishmael