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2015 Fall Schedule

Kalup Linzy 
Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.
Phillips Collection | 1600 21st St NW


Exploring Social Practice Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, September 24
Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda

Exhibition opening 6-8 p.m., remarks by Lori Lobenstine, co-founder of DS4SI, at 7 p.m. 


Tobias Sternberg: Temporary Art Repairshop
Saturday, October 3, 6-9 p.m.
Transformer | 1404 P Street, NW


Tobias Sternberg: Practice as Product
Wednesday, October 7
Goethe-Institute Washington | 812 Seventh Street, NW


What is Social Practice?  
Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center

A Conversation with Kenny Bailey, co-founder, Design Studio for SocialIntervention, and Patrick McDonough, artist and adjunct professor, American University.


Obento Boxing: Personal Tactics for Social Practice 
Thursday, October 15
Afternoon Master Class: 2:30–4:00 p.m.; Evening Master Class: 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: Studio Room 246; 2nd Floor AU Katzen Arts Center Rotunda

Organize what’s in your head, obento box style! Everything we do requires us to set up our own tools and systems for thinking and creating. Take the time to step out of your personal, artistic, social or daily practice to see, sort and share your tools and ingredients through these two Obento Boxing Master Classes led by Ayako Maruyama, Creativity Lab Design Lead, Design Studio for Social Intervention. Participants interested in a hands-on lab that takes light and delicious inspiration from Japanese washoku principles are welcome to join in a reflective exercise unlike any other. Feel free to bring a tool you use in your practice, however that prompt speaks to you.


Linda Montano 
Thursday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.
Phillips Collection | 1600 21st St NW


Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Art Series with Titus Kaphar
Friday, November 6, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
AU Museum 

A dynamic lecture series sparking critical dialogue about contemporary art and creative professional practices. Generously sponsored by Dr. Darryl Atwell. Free and open to the public.

Titus Kaphar’s 'The Vesper Project' is a massive sculptural statement—an encompassing installation, in which Kaphar’s own work is seamlessly woven into the walls of a 19th­ century American house. The culmination of an intense five ­year engagement with the lost storylines of the Vesper family, the project was “birthed in a state of extended disbelief,” according to Kaphar. As the artist’s muses, the members of the Vesper family and their histories are intertwined with Kaphar’s autobiographical details, and layered with wide­based cultural triggers of identity and truth in the context of historical accounting. In 'The Vesper Project', 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. In so doing, Kaphar compresses times, conflates the continuum of history and postulates new powerful realities.With many of Kaphar's interventions present in the installation including slashing, silhouetting, and whitewashing, this singular work is a complex map of overlapping timetables and collective genealogies. By obliterating the distance between the viewer and the work, 'The Vesper Project' is comprehensive,experiential, and it is the artist’s most ambitious expression to date.


Anish Kapoor 
Tuesday, November 10
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden | 700 Independence Ave SW

Titus Kaphar Kinetic
Courtesy of Friedman Benda. Photography by Luke Hanscom

Visiting Artists Programs

Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence Program at American University is one of the most extensive visiting artist programs in the country. It is an extraordinarily focused program bringing eight visiting faculty over a graduate students’ two years at AU. The program is designed to bring two artists-in-residence each semester, the artists’-in-residence teach two days per month for the full semester. The Artists-in-Residence Program is unique because it provides one-on-one studio visits throughout the entire semester. Our Artists-in-Residence Program is intended to offer a wide range of critical responses for our students and to foster stronger teaching and professional relationships with artists outside our faculty. Please see current Artists-in-Residence at in our Faculty Directory.


Visiting Artist/Scholar Colloquia

Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry series brings important scholars, designers, and artists to talk on important topics in the arts and to develop a critical dialogue on contemporary issues in society and culture. The colloquia present artists, art historians, curators, designers, writers, and cultural thinkers who discuss a range of topics vital to the creative and critical practice of contemporary art. The Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry stimulates and broadens intellectual discourse at American University and serves as an educational resource for students and faculty. We encourage cross-disciplinary thinking among internal and external departments at American University. The repertoire of speakers is scheduled in advance of the academic year to insure integration into the classroom, to promote coordination with the American University Museum, and to stimulate audience development for the arts — see previous Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry series.

There is also an extensive series of short-term visiting artists and guest speakers open to all students at the undergraduate and graduate levels short-term visiting artists present public lectures to all students as well as conduct panel discussions, seminars, and/or group critiques.

Visiting Artists also form an integral part of our summer study abroad program, MFA Studio Berlin.


Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Art

In its third year, Kinetic is a dynamic lecture series generously sponsored by Dr. Darryl Atwell. Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Art brings nationally recognized artists together with local artists, arts professionals, art students and the greater Washington, DC, cultural community to engage in critical dialogue about contemporary art and creative professional practices. Taking place in a high caliber academic setting, the annual lecture fosters the meaningful exchange of ideas through a fluid public lecture format and intensive student driven interactions. It is the intent of Kinetic to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of contemporary art in DC.

Eisenman, Alice in Wonderland

Hilary Harnischfeger Cyclops
Hilary Harnischfeger, Cyclops, 2012

Courtney Smith, Blank Verse (Armoire), 2006