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American University Museum to Host Numerous Events this Winter

Events Include Gallery Talks, Artists’ Reception, Family Art Workshop, and Open Arts Night

The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center invites the public and the art community to a free Artists’ Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, to celebrate its newest exhibitions.

In addition to the reception, the following series of free (unless otherwise noted) programs will be offered:

Gallery talk with Paul Daniel
5–6 p.m. Saturday, January 31
American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center
Artist Paul Daniel will lead a discussion about Paul Daniel: Current Reflection, one of the five exhibitions at the AU Museum.

Artists’ Reception
6–9 p.m. Saturday, January 31
To celebrate the museum’s latest exhibitions, the public and art community are invited to a free Artists’ Reception at the Katzen Arts Center. All shows will be open for viewing.

Gallery talk for Kugach, Kugach, Kugach: Three Generations of Russian Artists
6–8 p.m. Wednesday, February 4
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Join various artists from the exhibition Kugach, Kugach, Kugach: Three Generations of Russian Artists as they discuss their works.

Kids @ the Katzen
1 p.m. Sunday, February 8
American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center
$7 materials fee due at time of event, cash only
AU Museum staff and volunteers will encourage children to create kinetic sculptures and explore sculpture in motion. Participants will meet artist Paul Daniel, whose work will serve as inspiration for the kinetic sculpture project. Daniel’s sculptures are featured in Paul Daniel: Current Reflection, one of the current exhibitions at the AU Museum. Online registration required at www.american.edu/museum/family.

Open Arts Night
6–8 p.m. Thursday, February 12
American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center
Visit the AU Museum after hours and enjoy performances by AU students.

Gallery Talk with Carrie Moyer
4–5 p.m. Saturday, February 14
Artist Carrie Moyer will lead a gallery talk about her current exhibition, Carrie Moyer: Painting Propaganda, one of the five exhibitions on display in the AU Museum.

Washington Project for the Arts Art Auction Preview, Curator Talks, and Presentation of the Alice Denney Award for Support of Contemporary Art
6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 26
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Join the Washington Project for the Arts for a preview of auction pieces, talks by the curators, and in honoring Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the American University Museum, as he receives the Alice Denney Award for support of Contemporary Art.

Washington Project for the Arts 28th Annual Art Auction
7 p.m. Saturday, March 7
American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center
This noted event has grown in recognition and reputation as Wash­ington’s premiere contemporary art event for not only art collectors but also business, social, and art leaders in the community. All proceeds benefit the programs and exhibitions of the WPA. For tickets and more informa­tion, please visit auction.wpadc.org.

Panel Discussion with Evri Kwong and writer Elizabeth Block
4–5 p.m. Saturday, March 21
American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center
Join artist Evri Kwong and writer Elizabeth Block as they discuss Kwong’s Just Pretend Everything is OK, one of the five exhibitions currently on display.

 

MUSEUM INFORMATION, EXHIBITION HOURS, LOCATION

The American University Museum is a three-story, public museum and sculpture garden located within the university’s Katzen Arts Center. The region’s largest university facility for exhibiting art, the museum has a permanent collection that highlights the donors’ holdings and AU’s Watkins collection. Rotating exhibitions emphasize regional, national, and international contemporary art.

The Katzen Arts Center, named for Washington area benefactors Dr. and Mrs. Cyrus Katzen, brings all the visual and performing arts programs at AU into one space. Designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, the Katzen includes the museum, the Abramson Family Recital Hall, the Studio Theatre, a dance studio, an electronics studio, artists’ studios, rehearsal space, and classrooms.

The museum, located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC 20016, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is also open one hour prior to performing arts events in the Katzen and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Open Arts Nights. Museum admission is free.