The winter-spring exhibits will open Jan. 29 at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Please check the museum website for the most up-to-date information on visiting the museum.
Exhibitions open from January 29 to May 22:
Two places on earth features photographs by Chan Chao, with a focus on international human rights. Chao believes “that open societies, even with all their faults, [are] infinitely more fascinating than a world in which nations divide the world between them and us. Chao’s photography features people from different parts of the world, of varying ages, backgrounds and ethnicities and highlights their common humanity. These simple yet powerful portraits emphasize the dignity of each subject and the universal human experience. An adjunct lecturer at American University, Chao worked on the project for five years, including engaging with United Nations peacekeepers and incarcerated citizens around the world. Gallery talk: Two places on Earth, April 11, 7 p.m. featuring the artist. Register here. This event will take place virtually. Please sign up to receive updates.
Fields and Formations: A Study of Mid-Atlantic Abstraction started at the Delaware Company and worked its way to the American University Museum. This collection of approximately 70 works features exclusively women and non-binary artists and comments on the diversity of abstract art emerging in the early 21st century. The 12 artists draw inspiration from the DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia areas. Although the artists are five decades old, they are all drawn to the use of color, repeated form and the meditative aspect of their craft. Gallery talk: Fields and Formations, February 21, 7 p.m. with a panel of artists, featuring curator Kristen Hileman. Register here. This event will take place virtually. Please sign up to receive updates.
Positive Fragmentation: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, also known as NMWA, and presented at the AU Museum, Positive fragmentation features over 150 prints by 21 artists from the collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. Using a wide range of printmaking processes, the artists use fragmentation – both literal and lyrical – to explode concepts such as gender, race and environment. Positive fragmentation is made possible by the generous support of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundations and is presented in memory of Arlene Schnitzer in partnership with the American University Museum.
paper light is a photography exhibition by longtime DC artist Claudia Smigrod featuring unique photos taken in a darkroom. To create these pieces, Smigrod experimented with chemicals and lighting on photosensitive paper. Smigrod is all about creative experimentation, and this process creates unique prints rather than more traditional reproducible digital images. Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art. Gallery talk: light paper, February 17, 7 p.m. with artist and curator Wendy Grossman. Register here. This event will take place virtually. Please sign up to receive updates.
Yaacov Wexler, Landscape of Israel, 1966
Exhibition open from January 29 to April 8: In place of a missing place is an exhibition of modern and contemporary art consisting of works drawn from the museum’s Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art and donations from Nancy Berman and Alan Bloch. This multimodal exhibition features works from the 1950s to the early 2000s, representing both local and broader art movements in Israel. The works in the exhibition apply the formal language of Western modernism to Israeli politics and narratives that tell tales of myth-making, forced migration, displacement, erasure, and trauma. Gallery talk: In place of a missing place, March 14, 7 p.m. with curator Noam Segal. Register here. This event will take place virtually. Please sign up to receive updates