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Washington Art Matters II: 1940s-1980s

January 25 to March 16, 2014

Four Lobes, WASHINGTON II

Cynthia Bickley
Untitled (Four Lobes)

 


Lawrence, WASHINGTON II

Sidney Lawrence
Self Portrait with a Swelled Head

Exhibition Overview

This exhibition is our second attempt to tell the history of Washington art from the 1940s through the 1980s. It was selected by three curators, different from those who chose our first Washington Art Matters exhibition. Ninety artists will represent what was best of Washington art over those five decades. Curated by Benjamin Forgey, Andrea Pollan, and Jack Rasmussen.

 

Visual Analyses of Spring 2014 AU Museum Artworks

Students in my College Writing Seminar, “Creativity and Madness,” visited the American University Museum to choose a work of art that evoked a strong reaction in them. The end product of this relationship was a written Visual Analysis of the artwork. Presented here are four Visual Analyses of four different and fascinating works of art. Three are based on works from the Washington Art Matters exhibition. One argues for the validity of an architectural element of the museum as a work of contemporary art. I hope you are as excited and inspired by these papers as I am. Bravo to my students!

— Leah A. Johnson,
Department of Literature


Visual Analyses:

"An Unsung Hero In Katzen"
Xiang Yi Lau

"A Visual Analysis of Trankina’s Superman Pothead No.1"
Leila Nasser 

"Desire: Sharron Antholt"
Sabeen Rana

"Somewhere In-Between: A Visual Analysis"
Emily Whitworth

Table, WASHINGTON II

Nizette Brennan
Madonna Table

WASHINGTON II Gallery View

Washington Art Matters II: 1940s-1980s Gallery View

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