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American University Museum at the Katzen

Free and open to the public, 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.

AU Museum

Located on American University’s main campus at the Katzen Arts Center.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00AM-4:00PM. Closed Monday. Admission is free.

Yoga in the Galleries held Wednesdays, 10AM.
Schedule of docent-led tours of current exhibitions.

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Special Events

February 29
Gallery Talk: Eroded Field
March 5
Free Parking: Communicating Vessels
March 8
JRA Distinguished Artist Series: Annie Evelyn
April 4
Spring Exhibitions Open
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Winter Exhibitions On view now

Luis Lorenzana, Akeldama, 2006.

Heroes & Losers: The Edification of Luis Lorenzana

Lisa Guerrero Nakpil, Coordinating Curator

Wayne Paige, The Guardian, 2010

Communicating Vessels: Ed Bisese, Elyse Harrison, Wayne Paige
Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art

Curated by Claudia Rousseau, PhD

Artemis Herber, Melancholia, 2019.

Landscape in an Eroded Field: Carol Barsha, Heather Theresa Clark, Artemis Herber

Curated by Laura Roulet

Sixty porters carry a Mercedes from Nepal to Calcutta.

Volkmar Wentzel
Presented by the AU Museum Project Space

Curated by Leah Bendavid-Val

Robert F. Gates, Bessie Shoemaker's Pigs, 1934

Robert Franklin Gates: Paint What You See

Curated by Jack Rasmussen

Ed Paschke, Flamenco

Good Form, Decorum, and in the Manner: Portraits from the Collections of Washington Print Club Members

Curated by Tim Doud

Raw Hope of Humanity Rising

Raw Hope of Humanity Rising

A series of public dialogues entitled Raw Hope of Humanity Rising will be Webconferenced via the Third Space Network from the American University Museum in 2020. Four Interdisciplinary panels made up of artists, activists, curators, scholars, media critics, cultural and government officials will engage in participatory online roundtables during the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

This season's panel: Democracy vs Authoritarianism
March 4, 2020, 6:00-7:30 PM ET

The hijacking of democracy through intentional manipulation of the levers of power, thus undermining systems of government and the voice of the people.

Learn more more at Raw Hope from Third Space Network.