Gallery Openings and Events

Fall 2019 Exhibitions at American University Museum

Grace Hartigan, Beware of the Gifts, 1971. Oil on canvas, framed: 79 3/4 × 103 × 1 1/2 in., image: 79 1/4 × 102 1/2 in. American University Museum, Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Childe Hassam Fund), 1975.6.1.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7 from 6pm to 9pm
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Mix and mingle with artists, curators, and fellow patrons and see five new exhibitions and Maia Cruz Palileo (ongoing) on view at the AU Museum’s Early Fall opening reception. Free and open to all, no RSVP required.

Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism
Curated by Norma Broude
American University Art History Professor Emerita
September 3 – October 20, 2019
Helene Herzbrun: “In 1970 she exhibited … a group of paintings she has called ‘Color Sweeps.’ … Her work relies upon abstract forms and colors reacting to one another, creating reciprocal movements and tensions. This interaction of forms and especially colors creates a specific, individuated content or mood for each work.” (Ron Haynie, 1988)

Grace Hartigan: “I have found my ‘subject’, it concerns that which is vulgar and vital in American modern life, and the possibilities of its transcendence into the beautiful.” (Grace Hartigan, statement for exhibition catalogue, 12 Americans, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1956.)

Lynn Sures, 2019.3 Circeo, 2019. Colored pencil drawing on artist-made sisal paper, 24 x 16 in.

Topographies of Life: Pam Rogers, Lynn Sures, Mel Watkin
Curated by Jennifer Riddell ​
Presented by the AU Museum Project Space
September 3 – December 15, 2019
Explore drawings of nature by joining the curator and artists for a gallery talk on Topographies of Life. Please let us know if you plan to attend by RSVPing here.

Using the medium of drawing to varied and distinctive effect, Rogers, Sures, and Watkin trace human connections to the natural world—across time and varied landscapes. The three artists work from both a consciousness of drawing’s ties to illustration and evidence; and, the medium’s unique ability to transmit the artist’s “hand” and personal response to their subject. From the deserts of Kenya, forests of the Midwest, to the Potomac watershed, these artists are deeply attuned to the mutually affecting relationship between the anthropological and natural worlds.

Gallery Talk: September 7, 5-6PM. Free, please RSVP here.

J. Baylor Roberts, Untitled, 1937. Dye transfer print, sheet: 10 1/4 × 12 3/4 in. Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Eastman Kodak Company), [2018.15.1452].

Moves Like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection
September 3 – December 15, 2019
Moves like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection is a product of Director and Curator Jack Rasmussen’s spring course on curatorial practice. Upon receipt of the Corcoran Collection, graduate students in art history, arts management, and studio art have curated a playful and provocative interpretation of the 9,000-piece gift. The exhibition is inspired by Walter Hopps, briefly the Director of the Corcoran and an erratic American curator of contemporary art. The curators have divided their responses into five sub-groups, Boundless: Existing Within Ambiguous Space, The Road Home, The Selfless Spirit: Nature vs. Nurture and the Effects of Motherhood in the Corcoran Collection, American Legacy: Reconsidering Non-Western Subjects in the Corcoran Collection, and Redefining the Gaze: Shifting the Power.

Gallery Talk: September 28, 7-8PM. Free, please RSVP here.

Percy Martin, Bushman’s Tomb, 1973. Etching, paper: 22 x 29.75 in. WD Printmaking Workshop Historic Collection.

Print & Artists: WD Printmaking Workshop 1970 – Present
Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art​
Curated by members of the WD Workshop
September 3 – October 20, 2019
This exhibition traces the evolution of the DC-based WD Printmaking workshop, which began with Percy and Alice Martin’s opening their Adams Morgan home as a collaborative artists’ studio fifty years ago. The aim was to create a place where all artists (not necessarily trained in printmaking) could come together to explore the printmaking craft and create original prints. Emphasis was placed on experimentation and innovation. The studio was open to the artists twenty-four hours a day.

The workshop moved with Martin and his family into the basement of their home on Lamont Street in Mount Pleasant. Alice Martin recalls the time when the WD Workshop ran classes, presented demonstrations, and held regularly scheduled critique sessions. Artists were coming and going during all hours of the day and night. Participating WD artists achieved successful printmaking careers working in diverse styles. Featuring historical and recent work by members of the workshop: Frank Carmelitano, Allen “Big Al” Carter, Noche Crist, Jarvis Grant, Bill Harris, Alice Marshall Martin, Mark Montgomery, Christopher Martin, Percy Martin, Michael B. Platt and Carol A. Beane, Richard Powell, Gail Shaw-Clemons, George H. Smith-Shomari, Dwight Tyler, Kofi Tyus, Victoria Saenz Vogl, Joyce Wellman, Duane Winfield, and unknown artists.

Gallery Talk: September 26, 5:30-7PM. Free, please RSVP here.

Annette Lerner, Sea to Sky, 2019. Monotype, 29.5 x 35.5 in. Edition 1/1. Courtesy of the artist.

Our World Above: Monoprints and Glass by Annette Lerner
September 3 – October 20, 2019
This exhibition was inspired by images taken through the Hubble Telescope. Their indescribable beauty astounded Lerner and drove her to try to capture space in the monoprint medium. She was also inspired by the desert sky in Southern California, and she has dedicated herself to capturing the clouds, the moon, and the sunsets. Pure, and beyond the touch of man, Lerner believes outer space is a gift to our world. This will be Lerner’s first exhibition in Washington, DC.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more information, call 202-885-1300.