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Media Contact: Rebecca Basu (202-885-5950)

Katzen Arts Center

AU Museum at the Katzen 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8031 United States

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AU Museum at Home

To ensure our community’s safety, the American University Museum’s doors are temporarily closed. Return to our Museum@Home in 2021 for highlights from our permanent collection, TBTs in celebration of our 15th Anniversary, online events, and more. Stay tuned for a new exhibition and event series launching virtually in February! 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.

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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.

Artist spotlight

Brian Dailey's "JIKAI"

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.

The Long Sixties

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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Abstract cyanotype

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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.

The latest

Catch up on our latest news and virtual content.

Mikray Pida's meditative human landscapes and more.

Read our 12-16 Update

Announcing December's virtual lineup.

Read our 11-19 Update

Take an art break with gallery talk recordings and more.

Read our 11-5 Update

Giving to the AU Museum

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Family activities

Get creative with us at home!

Start a conversation about conservation with this paint-pouring activty.

Inspired by Edward Burtynsky's Water

Get creative with us at home!

Play with scale in this collage activity.

Inspired by Terry Braunstein's Who Is She?