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Arts and Culture

New Exhibitions Feature Student, Czech, and D.C. Art

By Maggie Barrett

Self-portrait video installation

Three new exhibitions at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center showcase student art and works of artists from the Czech Republic and Washington, D.C.  The museum will open the new exhibitions for public viewing starting Thursday, April 2.
American University Art Department: Student Exhibitions presents work by AU undergraduate and MFA students.  Works include paintings, prints, sculptures, design, and video installations. Opens Thursday, April 2, and closes Sunday, May 17.

Behind the Velvet Curtain: Contemporary Art from the Czech Republic features works by women artists who entered the Czech and international art scene in the last 15 years.  Viewers experience the former communist society where there is no place for addressing—without prejudice—female desire, sexuality, identity, maternity, or age. The exhibition is neither explicitly feminist nor political, but has a strong social dimension.  Curated by Martina Pachmanová and sponsored by the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Opens Thursday, April 2, and closes Sunday, May 17.

Robin Rose: Cypher exhibits multidimensional, multimedia work by Washington, D.C.-based Robin Rose, long considered one of the world’s masters of encaustic painting (using hot wax). Opens Tuesday, April 7, and closes Sunday, May 17.       

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