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Media Invited to Preview Australian Indigenous Art and Other Exhibitions at the American University Museum

WHAT:  Press preview for four new exhibitions at the American University Museum Australian Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors
John Dreyfuss: Inventions
Paul Feinberg: Another Washington
Ron Haynie: Playing with Light

WHO:  Speakers include
Dennis J. Richardson, Australian Ambassador to the United States
Shanthini Naidoo, assistant director, National Gallery of Australia
Brenda Croft, curator, Australian Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors
Jonathan Bucci, curator, Ron Haynie: Playing with Light
John Dreyfuss, artist, Inventions
Paul Feinberg, artist, Another Washington
Jack Rasmussen, director and curator, American University Museum

Also available for interviews will be
Ricky Maynard, artist, Australian Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors
Christopher Pease, artist, Australian Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors
        (Croft, Maynard, and Pease are of Indigenous Australian descent.)

WHEN:      10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, September 8

WHERE:      American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016

DETAILS:      10: 15 a.m. Introductory remarks by Jack Rasmussen, followed by remarks from speakers listed above. A walking tour of exhibitions with opportunities to interview artists, curators, and others to follow. 

MEDIA RSVP:  Members of the media who wish to attend must RSVP before 3 p.m., Friday, September 4, with Maralee Csellar, or 202-885-5952.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 28, 2009)—Members of the media are invited to preview the newest exhibitions and interview the artists and curators at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center during a press preview from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, September 8.  

Australian Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors, the largest exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian art to travel to the United States, showcases works by artists from every state and territory in Australia. Works include painting on canvas and bark, sculpture, textiles, weaving, new media, video, photo-media and installation works. The exhibition was first shown at the National Gallery of Australia in October of 2007. It was inspired in part by the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum that determined Australia’s Indigenous people would be officially included in Australia’s population. 

Images of works in the exhibition are available for members of the media to download at

John Dreyfuss: Inventions will display six new large-scale works by D.C. sculptor Dreyfuss in the Sylvia Berlin Katzen Sculpture Garden. The clean lines of Dreyfuss’s forms represent stylized hand tools made larger-than-life.

Paul Feinberg: Another Washington celebrates and preserves a vibrant—sometimes quirky and seamy, but always poignant—Washington. This Washington is not the one tourists see in travel guides. Feinberg’s camera lens presents intimate looks at all kinds of Washingtonians and their neighborhood haunts and places of pleasure. Feinberg’s photographic and prose portraits of Washington, D.C., have appeared in local magazines for more than 35 years.

Ron Haynie: Playing with Light is the culmination of a painting tradition encouraged at American University by alumnus and former professor Haynie that delicately balanced representation and abstraction while the various “isms” of the postmodernist era came and went. In Haynie’s hands, paint performed as material, light, color, space, gesture, and feeling all at once. 

All four exhibitions open Tuesday, September 8. Paul Feinberg: Another Washington and Ron Haynie: Playing with Light close Sunday, October 25.  The Australian Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors closes Sunday, December 6. John Dreyfuss closes Sunday, January 17, 2010.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

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