April 2019 Exhibitions at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

By Editorial Team on April 1, 2019
April Flanders, Filter, 2019. Monotype, screenprint, and laser cut, 6 x 27 ft. x 3 in. Courtesy of the Artist.
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Opening: Saturday, April 6 from 6pm to 9pm
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Gallery Talk: Forward Press
April 6, 5-6PM
Free and open to all,  RSVP here.

Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking
Curated by Susan J. Goldman
Presented by the Printmaking Legacy Project®
April 6-August 11, 2019
The Printmaking Legacy Project’s® first national print exhibition, Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking features ten innovative print artists from across the country who employ the finest examples of hand printed and digital techniques. They explore themes of culture, identity, religion, environment, memory, and art history. Some work in traditional forms, like lithography, intaglio, relief, and screen printing, while others explore these methods as the basis for large-scale sculpture, collage, and integrating technology into printmaking. These ten artists are changing the way American printmaking is seen and understood. Featuring April Flanders, Tom Hück, Carrie Lingscheit, Beauvais Lyons, Dennis McNett, Michael Menchaca, Richard Peterson, Nicole Pietrantoni, Steve Prince, and Sangmi Yoo.

Kenneth Victor Young, Untitled, 1978. Watercolor on paper, 40 x 27 in. Courtesy of Gallery 2112/Brandon Webster

Kenneth Victor Young: Continuum
Curated by Dexter Wimberly
Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art
April 6-May 26, 2019
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Kenneth Victor Young (1933-2017) moved to Washington, DC in 1964 where he began to paint abstract forms with washed acrylics on unprimed canvas. Young’s artistic philosophy was to bring order out of chaos. His studies in physics and the natural sciences at Indiana University informed a different imagery—a fusion of brilliant colors. Young’s knowledge of form and matter gave his paintings a spatial intensity, and he infused this space with multiple orbs of color held together in molecular suspension. Kenneth Victor Young had an illustrious 35-year career as an exhibition designer for the Smithsonian Institution, and his extensive travels during this time helped inform his cosmic abstract style of painting. His love for jazz influenced the movement and vitality of his work. He is known for his floating colored orbs—imagery that attempts to bring order to chaos and that comments on the pandemonium of life.

Free Parking: Kenneth Victor Young
April 18, 5:30-7PM
Free and open to all, RSVP here.

Squire Broel, The Rift, 2015. Cast bronze, 63 x 14.5 x 14.5 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Squire Broel
April 6-August 11, 2019
A selection of Broel’s life-sized to monumentally-sized totemic bronze sculptures creates space for reflection and contemplation about what it means to be human, be engaged as an individual within community, and interact intentionally with the natural world. In his series of vertically oriented structures, Broel references tangible and intangible notions that resonate universally: botanical and architectural structures, environmental rhythms, physical and emotional solitude. Intentional abstraction creates a generous context for engaging with the sculptures. Allusions to historical references create a sense of timelessness and familiarity, yet the pieces exist outside the rapidly shifting visual language of stylized contemporary aesthetics.

This unique sculptural installation exposes viewers to aspects of the American rural West’s untamed spirit, vast rugged landscapes, and traditions of mysticism. Broel’s intentional decision to live and work in a small agrarian community in the Pacific Northwest provides viewers with a raw vision of inward examinations that relate more to the health of the psyche than to the pop-culture echo chamber. The work is a complex fusion of expressions: longing, melancholy, hope and contentment.

Eduardo Carrillo, Las Tropicanas, 1972–73. Oil on panel, 84 x 132 in. Crocker Art Museum, Promised Gift of Juliette Carrillo and Ruben Carrillo.

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo
April 6-May 26, 2019
Eduardo Carrillo’s (1937-1997) artwork has been described as mystical, realistic, surreal, and visionary. His imagery, whether grounded in the everyday world or infused with magical realism, reflects his relationship to his native California and to his Mexican heritage, as well as to his early religious upbringing and respect for European traditions in art. An inspirational leader who actively challenged racism and injustice, Carrillo created programs and platforms that promoted greater awareness of Latin American culture, aesthetics, and social concerns, significantly advancing the recognition and appreciation of Chicano art and culture in California.

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo highlights the creative efforts and social importance of Carrillo as artist, teacher, scholar, and social activist. It showcases work created for three distinct realms: the public, the private, and the museum. The artist’s murals are featured in the full-color, bilingual exhibition catalogue. Intimate watercolors and paintings describe the artist’s everyday life in self-portraits, still lifes, and images of people and places he held dear. Largescale visionary paintings—Carrillo’s masterpieces—reveal his complex and creative mind. The exhibition also includes the bilingual video Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement, by Pedro Pablo Celedón. Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo was organized by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.

Chelsey Anderson, Pollen, 2018. Oil on canvas, 20 x 38 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Peripheral Visions (1st Year MFA Exhibition )
April 6-April 24, 2019
Peripheral Visions focuses on the community as well as individuality formed in the first year of the Studio Art MFA Program, showing a group of very different artists working and learning how to grow together. The word peripheral becomes the crux in understanding the show as a collective vision, while also highlighting the distance and boundaries that exist between each individual’s studio practice. Featuring the work of Lizzi Alarcon, Basmah Alhumaid, Chelsey Anderson, Amber Cruz, Jennifer Frank, Nieko McDaniel, Matthew Russo, and Cindy Warshaw.

J’han Brady, Persistence, 2018. Screen Print, 21 x 15 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Turbulence (MFA Thesis Exhibition)
May 4-May 26, 2019
Eight emerging artists present their work as part of their 2019 MFA Thesis exhibition. This exhibition demonstrates a diversity of views on subjects that range from identity to geometric abstraction to activism. What unites the work is each artist’s challenge to expectation and perspective. Featuring artists J’han Brady, Amanda Muhlena Hays, Sarah Jarrett, Arnaud Leclere, Sonimar Maldonado, Bryan McGinnis, Guy Miller, and Veronica Salas.

MFA Thesis Opening Reception & Gallery Talk
May 4, 5-7PM
Free and open to all, no RSVP required.

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