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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, we are temporarily closed. We are committed to bringing you #artwhereyouare with exhibition highlights and selections from our permanent collection on our digital platforms. Until we reopen, connect with our Museum@Home on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and subscribe to our mailing list. Please visit our homepage for updates, and AU's COVID-19 webpage for more information and resources.

Contemporary installation with wooden dowels

browse our Spring exhibitions

Gods & Monsters
Artworks by Viola Frey

Mortality: A Survey of Contemporary Death Art

Behind the Scenes: Preparators and their Art
Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art

Theoretical Dilemma
MFA Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

Ideasthesia: 7 Sensory Perceptions
MFA Studio Art First Year Exhibition

Exhibition catalogs online

Browse a selection of e-book exhibition catalogs online.


Topographies of LifeTopographies of Life
Pam Rogers, Lynn Sures, Mel Watkin

Early Fall 2019
Learn more about Topographies of Life.


Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley Catalog CoverPlans to Prosper You
Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley

Summer 2019
Learn more about Plans to Prosper You.


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Feeling nostalgic?

Images (top-bottom, left-right):

Yuri Schwebler, Mirror Magnetic North, 1972. Image courtesy Yuri Schwebler Archives, Salem, NY.

Jennifer Frank, Rodified, 2020. Installation: Birch dowels, twine, motion lighting, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. From Theoretical Dilemma.

Viola Frey, Untitled (Oval Head, Hat, Leaf Hands), 1979. Ceramic and glazes, 60 1/2 x 25 x 14 1/2 in. ALF no. VF-0448CSS. Artists’ Legacy Foundation, Oakland, CA. Art © Artists’ Legacy Foundation / Licensed by ARS, New York.

Bonner Sale, Troubled Magic: All We Know, 2019. Gouache on paper, 22 x 30 in. Courtesy of the artist. From Behind the Scenes: Preparators and their Art.

Julie Wolfe, Cultural Values (detail), 2016. Ink and gouache on found book pages, 75 x 110 in. Suite of 50. Courtesy of Hemphill Fine Art. From Quest for a Third Paradise.

Online Events

Raw Hope of Humanity Rising

Raw Hope of Humanity Rising
Interdisciplinary online public dialogues for 2020

Register and save your spot for:

Idealism vs Cynicism
July 22, 6:00-7:30PM ET
Real vs Fake
September 2, 6:00-7:30PM ET

Gallery Talk: Yuri Schwebler
July 16, 12:30-1:30PM ET
Register on Crowdcast

Weekly Updates

Enjoy special features from our Spring exhibitions and staff selections from the AU Museum Permanent Collection.

A spotlight on Brian Maguire and Museum Operations Assistant Sarah Leary's selection from the Corcoran Legacy Collection. Read More

Join Sara Dittrich of Behind the Scenes on a virtual studio visit, and read Assistant Registrar Jessica Pochesci's take on Milton Avery. Read More

Artist and Preparator Erick Antonio Benitez's Virtual Studio Visit and Marketing & Publications Specialist Elizabeth Cowgill's Staff Selection.
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Explore the first-year explorations of AU's MFA Studio Art cohort and Director & Curator Jack Rasmussen's staff selection.
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Preparator Kevin Runyon's abstract selection, and features from the MFA thesis exhibition Theoretical Dilemma.
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A spotlight on Behind the Scenes: Preparators and their Art and Associate Director Kristi-Anne Shaer's selection from the AU Museum Collection.
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Learn more about Gods & Monsters, and Registrar Carla Galfano's pick from the Corcoran Legacy Collection.
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