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Thus hath the candle singed the moth.” — William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
Like the moth drawn to the light in this video’s hypnotic dance with death, we are all irresistibly attracted to danger despite knowing its potential for negative consequences. Making an allusion to Shakespeare’s line in The Merchant of Venice, the moth in Brian Dailey’s JIKAI is a metaphor for self-destruction and its fluttering around a light bulb is a meditation on societal disintegration. Dailey’s installation WORDS was featured at the AU Museum in Winter 2018.
Brian Dailey, JIKAI, 2013. Single-channel video, Running time: 4 min. 55 sec. Courtesy of the artist.
AU Museum Director and Curator Jack Rasmussen presents on our forthcoming exhibition "The Long Sixties," featuring Washington paintings from our Watkins and Corcoran Legacy Collections. Rasmussen previewed the exhibition in conjunction with American University's Virtual Family Week.
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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.
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Start a conversation about conservation with this paint-pouring activty.
Inspired by Edward Burtynsky's Water