Gallery Openings and Events

Fall Exhibitions at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Gerhardt Knodel,  It Had To Be You: Genomia, 2015. Cotton, polyester, silk, and fiberglass fabrics mounted on photograph in a white shadow box, 66 x 84 x 5 in. Courtesy of the Artist. Photography by PD Rearick.

Gerhardt Knodel, It Had To Be You: Genomia, 2015. Cotton, polyester, silk, and fiberglass fabrics mounted on photograph in a white shadow box, 66 x 84 x 5 in. Courtesy of the Artist. Photography by PD Rearick.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12 from 5pm to 9pm

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ITINERANT EDENS: OF FABLE AND FACSIMILE
September 12 – October 18
A series of male figures derived from digitally scanned and prototyped models are central to Walter McConnell’s installation Of Fable and Facsimile. Rendered in moist, unfired clay and sealed in terrarium-like plastic enclosures, McConnell’s earthen bodies appear fragile, apparitional—sustained momentarily in their fictional landscapes—positing impermanence as the inevitable condition of natural systems.

REFLECTIONS AND CONTRADICTIONS: FIVE DECADES
September 12 – October 18
Influential sculptor Mary Shaffer creates a site-specific “tool-wall” installation to feature her fascination with discarded tools. This exhibition also includes select glass works from the past five decades of Shaffer’s active career.

BLOOD MIRROR
September 12 – October 18
Blood Mirror is a powerful sculpture created from the blood of nine gay men. This widely acclaimed exhibition seeks to create an open dialogue and effect change around the US Food & Drug Administration’s current discriminatory policy on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The exhibition is organized by Jordan Eagles with works in collaboration with Leo Herrera, The Carry Nation, and Jonny Cota of SKINGRAFT.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
September 12 – October 18
Gerhardt Knodel positions his art making on the edge of the history of expressive work in the textile medium. Let The Games Begin! is an adventure that creatively wrestles with contemporary issues, especially with subjects that slip away before our eyes, and interactive works based in carnival games that playfully challenge unchallenged opinions of art critics.

PULSE OF THE FUTURE 方向_未来
September 12 – October 18
Contemporary Chinese Art captured the world’s attention in the 1980s. Now the next generation is coming of age and staking its own claim for artistic precedence.

Center Hours:

  • Tuesday through Sunday: 11am to 4pm

The Katzen Arts Center located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. For more information, call 202-885-1300.

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