AU Museum at Home

To ensure our community’s safety, the American University Museum’s doors are temporarily closed. Until we reopen, connect with our Museum@Home on social media and subscribe to our mailing list. Please visit our homepage for updates, and AU's COVID-19 webpage for more information and resources. This spring, follow us for virtual events, exhibition highlights, TBTs in celebration of our 15th Anniversary, works from our collection, and more.

Upcoming virtual events

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Visiting Artist Series
Presented by the AU Department of Art and the AU Museum

Guadalupe Maravilla
April 6, 6PM ET
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Raw Hope of Humanity Rising: Online Public Dialogues for 2021
Presented by the Third Space Network & Coalition partners

The AU Museum is pleased to be participating in Raw Hope of Humanity Rising, a series of public dialogues responding to the extreme challenges of the moment. Raw Hope brings together leading changemakers–from street artists to muralists to Black Lives Matter activists–creating a socially-engaged space for dialogue, participation, diversity and renewal in 2021.

Panel 3: The Internet as a Medium of Activism
April 14, 6-7:30PM ET
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The internet as a platform for political action through social media collaboration, virtual community, alternative journalism, and digital forms of artistic media.

With Monica Montgomery (moderator), Museum activist, Strategic Director, Museum Hue, and panelists Jeff Gates, (DC artist and writer, founder of the Chamomile Tea Party), Makia Green (Core Organizer, DC Black Lives Matter), and Randall Packer, DC Artist, Creative Director, Third Space Network.

++ After Hours ++ A post panel virtual soirée hosted by 3SN Welcomer MonicaMuses to share ideas & aspirations for new artistic projects & social initiatives.

For more information visit Third Space Network.

Raw Hope Coalition partners: The Phillips Collection/University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge/THEARC, American University Museum, VisArts, McLean Project for the Arts, Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center, International Visions Art and Consultants, Museum Hue, Johns Hopkins University Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies.

Kate Kretz stitching

James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist Series

Kate Kretz
Workshop: April 24, 1–2:30PM ET
Free Lecture: April 25, 2–3PM ET
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Installation view of "Continuum" exhibition

Dress up your background with installation shots from the AU Museum! We have released a selection of Zoom backgrounds from recent exhibitions in celebration of our 15th Anniversary.

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Images (top-bottom):

Franklin White (b. 1943), Ashtray, 1973. Oil on canvas, canvas size: 84 × 168 in. Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Gray Martin), 2018.15.2304. Featured in The Long Sixties.  

Raya Bodnarchuk, More Blossoms Nearby, April 9, 2018. #1593. Watercolor on Rives BFK, 4 x 7 in. Courtesy of the artist. Featured in This is a True Picture of How it Was.

Slippers, n.d. Silk, embroidery, leather. Thailand, 3 x 3 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. Collection, Museum of the Peace Corps Experience Gift of Karen Schmidt, Thailand. Featured in Peace Corps at 60.

Guadalupe Maravilla, Portals, Sculptural Installation at ICA Miami.

Nancy Van Meter, Barbie Petticoat: Like A Flower Waiting for the Bee, 1999. Cyanotype photogram, sheet: 4 1/4 × 4 in. American University Museum, Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of the artist), 2018.15.1887. Featured in Art and Authenticity in the Age of Fake News.

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