American University Museum Summer 2017 Exhibitions

By Editorial Team on June 12, 2017

Sat, 17 June 2017 - Sun, 13 August 2017

Photo courtesy of American University Museum.
Photo from Performing the Border courtesy of American University Museum.


Opening Reception: Saturday, June 17 from 6pm to 9pm


Performing the Border
Curated by Megan Rook-Koepsel
The borders that separate people and things are constantly changing, and quite often completely arbitrary, yet the importance placed on them would seem to suggest otherwise. In the Alper Initiative space, Washington artists Clay Dunklin, Amy Lin, Susanna Raab, Jenny Wu and the Street Light Circus explore the concept of borders and boundaries, both the ways we perform within them, and the way border is often itself a performance. Their performance-based visual art also pushes the boundaries of each of the media they work within: photography, drawing, sculpture and video.

Val Lewton: From Hollywood to Breezewood
This retrospective of Val Lewton brings it all to bear: Lewton’s lifetime in front of the canvas, his knowledge of color, his unerring command of the paint-loaded brush and his certitude about how best to structure a painting. Lewton was born in California, the son of a film director, and moved to Washington to work as an exhibit designer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (then the National Collection of Fine Arts). His paintings use the artifacts of traffic and run of the mill objects—cars, trucks, roadways, semi-demolished buildings, and paint cans—to create improbably beautiful and personal compositions.

Frederic Kellogg: Works in Oil and Watercolor
Curated by E.A. Carmean, Jr.
The work of Frederic Kellogg belongs within—and extends—what could be called a river of traditional American landscape, figural and still-life painting; a broad, quarter-millennium course flowing from John Singleton Copley and Thomas Cole to Milton Avery and Andrew Wyeth. Kellogg works by a combination of sketches made in his constant-companion notebook, of watercolors done en plein-air, or painting in oil on canvas. All three forms are included in this exhibition, featuring landscapes from Maine and Washington, DC where Kellogg splits his time between.

States of Being: Photographs of Cuba and North Korea by Carl De Keyzer
This exhibition features 60 photographs of scenes from two Communist nations, North Korea and Cuba, by Belgian photographer Carl De Keyzer. States of Being is the first time these photographs will be shown together, and is the result of De Keyzer’s extensive stay in each country, including more than 40 nights in North Korea, spent visiting and documenting each province in the country. De Keyzer is a globally renowned photographer and member of Magnum Photos, an international photographic collective, and the recipient of 17 international awards. The photographs in this exhibition powerfully capture both the struggle and leisure of everyday Cubans and North Koreans in uncommon scenes.

Continuing On View: Foon Sham: Escape
Curated by Laura Roulet
Monumental, participatory sculptural work by Foon Sham exploring the plight of refugees remains on view through August 13 in the outdoor sculpture garden and first floor of the museum.

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.