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The AU Museum hosts rotating exhibitions of contemporary art from around the globe and the Alper Initiative, a dedicated research and display space for the art history of Washington, DC. Located on American University’s main campus at the Katzen Arts Center.

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COVID-19 Update

To ensure our community’s safety, we are temporarily closed. In the meantime, we are committed to bringing you exhibition highlights and selections from our permanent collection on our digital platforms. Please revisit this page for updates, and AU's COVID-19 webpage for more information and resources.

This Fall, please join us in celebrating our 15th Anniversary virtually! We will feature exhibition highlights from across our history and share recollections by the artists, curators, volunteers, students, and patrons who have shaped the museum as we’ve taken this journey together. That includes you! Please comment on your favorite anniversary posts, tweet us with hashtag #AUM15, or tag us in throwback Instagram selfies at AUM using @aumuseum_katzen.

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This fall, explore our virtual series "Contested Space." These exhibitions and programs highlight themes relevant to November's presidential election.

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While the museum's doors are closed, our team is busy working to bring you #ArtWhereYouAre. We have centralized our digital content, including exhibition highlights, event listings, e-book exhibition catalogs, and more on our Museum@Home page. We look forward to connecting with you online!

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Allan Gerson | Border Wall | No.6 3.2019. The Estate of Allan Gerson. From our Contested Space exhibition Border Wall.

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From our permanent collection: Alma Thomas, Lunar Surface, 1970. Acrylic on canvas, framed: 34 5/8 x 39 3/4 in. Gift of the Artist.

Images (header): Installation view of Landscape in an Eroded Field, works by Carol Barsha and Heather Theresa Clark. Photo by Anne Kim. Installation view of Escape: Foon Sham. Photo by Gregory Staley. Installation view of Thomas Downing and the Sublime Decorative. Photo by Gregory Staley. Installation view of Filter by April Flanders in Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking. Photo by Gregory Staley. Installation view of Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism. Photo by Gregory Staley. Top row, center: Photo by Emily Gude Photography. Middle row, right: Photo by Nick Klein. Bottom row, center: Photo by Bruce Guthrie.