Spring 2018 at American University Museum

By Editorial Team on April 3, 2018
Michael Clark, George Washington, 1985-2007. Oil on canvas, 40” x 30”. Collection of Judy and Mark Sandground.
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14 from 6pm to 9pm

Michael Clark: Washington Artist
Alper Initiative for Washington Art
Michael Clark (a.k.a. Clark Fox) has been an influential figure in the Washington art world for more than 50 years, despite dividing his time equally between the capital and New York City. Clark was not only a fly on the wall of the art world as the last half-century played out- he was in the middle of the action, making innovative works that draw their inspiration from movements as diverse as Pop Art, Op Art, Conceptual Art, Minimalism, and the Washington Color School.

Miya Ando, Tasogare (Dusk), 2018. Pigment, urethane, dye, resin, mica dust, and aluminum, 60” x 120”. Courtesy of Sundarum Tagore Gallery.

Kumo: Miya Ando
Curated by Aria Gannon
Miya Ando’s artwork ranges from monochrome to subtle color palettes, offering a glimpse of the immense calming energy of the infinite. Ando creates an immersive work that engages the viewers, bringing nature to mind, reminding the viewers of their own connection to, and place within, nature and nature’s cycles. Her works bring attention to the fragility, the deep power and the uncompromising force of nature via experiential art installations which create environments of reflection and wonder. Distinctive in her highly adept presentation of subtle realities, Ando’s work has given her an international reputation as one of the most innovative working artists.

Jiha Moon, Forever Couplehood, 2014. Ink and acrylic, screen printed on Hanji, 36” x 25.5”. Courtesy of the artist.

Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here
Jiha Moon’s works address the intersection of imagery native to Korea, Japan, and China and elements of the West in order to explore cross-cultural perceptions. Originally from Korea and presently based out of Atlanta, Georgia, Moon’s work addresses the nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions, and folklore. By melding the artistic traditions and iconic imagery of both East and West, Moon’s work explores ideas of both the foreign and the familiar. This exhibition is presented as part of the Visiting Artist Program organized by AU Studio Art.

Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here is organized by the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia in collaboration with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. The exhibition is curated by Amy G. Moorefield, former Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Taubman Museum of Art and Mark Sloan, Director and Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Carol Brown Goldberg, I See Through the Moon, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 24”. Courtesy of the artist.

Entanglement: Carol Brown Goldberg
Carol Brown Goldberg’s exhibition Entanglement offers vivid evidence of her artmaking as the convergence of intellect, emotion, and technique. Her paintings in the current exhibition—marked by images of dense, imagined foliage—are rooted in a unique interplay of tightly packed philosophical concepts and more ethereal poetic imaginings.

Francisco Toledo, Juárez Cartero, 1999. Etching, veil, roulette, and photoengraving, 13.7” x 10.8”. Courtesy of the artist.

Francisco Toledo: Toledo Múltiple
Curated by Fernando Gálvez de Aguinaga
As Mexico’s most prolific and influential graphic artist, Francisco Toledo has been exploring the fantastical and expanding the expressive range of his printmaking over more than 50 years. This exhibition encompasses a wide range of Toledo’s work, revealing the progression and creative process evidenced in his printmaking. The exhibition also includes 21 works by both Mexican and foreign printmakers as part of Toledo’s collection for the Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca (IAGO). These works have been influential in developing Toledo’s creative vision and serve to contextualize the medium in a global art history.

Sarah Jarrett, Untitled, 2018. Oil on canvas, 30” x 48”. Courtesy of the artist.

Master of Fine Art First Year and Thesis Exhibitions
April 3 – April 25 and May 5 – May 27
AU’s Department of Art presents a two-part exhibition featuring the work of first and second year MFA candidates working in diverse media. The first-year experience is widely recognized as a year of experimentation, questioning, and transformation. Year One: A Closer Look exhibits the work of artists J’han Brady, Amanda Muhlena Hays, Sarah Jarrett, Arnaud Leclere, Sonimar Maldonado, Bryan McGinnis, Guy Miller, Veronica Salas, and Nadia Shihabi. Eight represents the culmination of two years’ work by the eight graduating members of American University’s Studio Art MFA program. At the close of four semesters of experimentation, discovery, dedication, and reinvention, these artists claim their space and purpose in an exhibition that is both an ending and a beginning. Featuring the work of Holly Trout, Tim Magenta, Tiffany Raquel, Fallon Chase, Ben Alwehaibi, Michelle Gagliano, Michelle Tangires, and Paige Stewart.

Center Hours:

  • Tuesday through Sunday: 11am to 4pm

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