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Moves Like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection

September 3-December 15, 2019

Bernis Von Zur Muehlen, Teri, 1982.

Bernis Von Zur Muehlen, Teri, 1982. Chromogenic color print, 20 × 24 in. Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Museum Purchase), 2018.15.1480.

Thomas Prichard Rossiter, Rebecca at the Well, 1852.

Thomas Prichard Rossiter, Rebecca at the Well, 1852. Oil on canvas, 39 x 32 in. Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of William Wilson Corcoran), 2018.15.31.

Joan D. Cassis, Untitled, 2018.

Joan D. Cassis, Untitled, n.d. Gelatin silver print, 14 × 17 in. Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Victoria Cassis in memory of her daughter Joan Cassis), 2018.15.1566.

Kenneth Callahan, The Waiters, 1964.

Kenneth Callahan, The Waiters, 1964. Oil on canvas, 50 15/16 x 33 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of the Friends of the Corcoran), 2018.15.24.

The student curators of "Moves Like Walter"

Produced by Martin Huberman of VideoArt Productions

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Moves like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection is a product of Director and Curator Jack Rasmussen’s spring course on curatorial practice. Upon receipt of the Corcoran Collection, graduate students in art history, arts management, and studio art have curated a playful and provocative interpretation of the 9,000-piece gift. The exhibition is inspired by Walter Hopps, briefly the Director of the Corcoran and an erratic but seminal American curator of contemporary art. The curators have divided their responses into five sub-groups, Boundless: Existing Within Ambiguous Space, The Road Home, The Selfless Spirit: Nature vs. Nurture and the Effects of Motherhood in the Corcoran Collection, American Legacy: Reconsidering Non-Western Subjects in the Corcoran Collection, and Redefining the Gaze: Shifting the Power.

Featuring artists: William Albert Allard, Lynn Allen, Milet Andrejevic, Tania Antoshina, Demeter Balla, Frederic Clay Bartlett, Crawford Barton, Ruth Bernhard, George Biddle, Irving Block, Mimi DuBois Bolton, Mary Clark Branley, Karen Bucher, Kenneth Callahan, Victor Candell, Joan Cassis, Paula Crawford, Regina DeLuise, Marjoree Nee Deo, Fannie S. Eanes, Jimmy Ernst, Alan Feltus, Katherine Fishman, Michael Goldberg, Robert Goodnough, Ed Grazda, Steve Hart, Charles Webster Hawthorne, George Peter Alexander Healy, Dion Johnson, Simpson Kalisher, Earl Cavis Kerkam, Minnie Klavans, Leon Kroll, Alexander Lapin, Louis le Brocquy, Nancy Lensen-Tomasson, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, Hung Liu, Reuben Nakian, Robert C. Osborn, Mark Power, Gregorio Prestopino, J. Baylor Roberts, Joseph F. Rock, Joseph Rodriguez, Thomas Prichard Rossiter, Gayle Rothschild, Stephen Shames, Joseph Shannon, Callie Shell, Thomas H. Shuler Jr., Gladys Nelson Smith, Carroll Sockwell, Elisabeth Sunday, Steve Szabo, Edmund Charles Tarbell, Joyce Tenneson, William Tolliver, Arthur Tress, and Bernis von zur Muehlen.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the first private museums in the United States, was established in 1869 by William Wilson Corcoran and expanded in 1880 to include the Corcoran College of Art and Design with the mission "dedicated to art and used solely for the purpose of encouraging the American genius." In 2014, the Corcoran transferred the college to the George Washington University and distributed the works from its Collection to museums and institutions in Washington, DC.

About the AU Museum Collection.