Gallery Openings and Events

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

Maia Cruz Palileo, Nocebuena, 2013. Oil on canvas, 33 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist and Taymour Grahne.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, June 15, 6pm to 9pm
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Keith Morrison, Boyz, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Passages: Keith Morrison, 1999-2019
Curated by Judith Stein
June 15-August 11, 2019

Passages: Keith Morrison, 1999-2019 surveys thirty paintings and watercolors by the Jamaican-born Keith Morrison. A magician of color and space and a teller of tales, fanciful and real, Morrison focuses on the tangible and spiritual components of culture. His subjects encompass Afro-Caribbean and Meso-American art and architecture, as well as the somber history of the Middle Passage. By turns mystical, meditative and joyous, Morrison’s work invites our entry into the rich visual world of his making.

Gallery Talk: July 11, 7-8PM
Free and open to all, no RSVP required 

Pey-Chwen Lin, The Birth of Eve Clone, 2018. 3D animation, sound audio, duration: 10′. Courtesy of the Artist.

Being Here as ME – New Media Art Exhibition of Women Artists from Taiwan
Curated by Yu-Chuan Tseng
June 15-August 11, 2019

Being Here as ME presents six women artists striving towards constructions of female subjectivity. Pey-Chwen Lin, Tzu-Ning Wu, Yung-Chieh Wu, I-Chun Chen, Pei-Shih Tu, and Hui-Chan Kuo create new media artworks through diverse mediums and methods. Their work transcends gender discussions, and through social strategies, action, and engagement they express their concerns and create artworks revealing their anxiety and opinions about the ecology of society, science, technology and the environment.

Gallery Talk: June 17, 12-2PM. 
A light lunch will be served. RSVP to museum@american.edu. 

Photograph of Melvin Crawford, taken by Alan Siegel.

Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley
June 15 – August 11, 2019
Presented by the AU Museum Project Space

The exhibition title takes its name from bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 to echo the central role of the Black church in bringing communities together, inspiring hope, and acting as a vector for social change. The goal of this exhibition is to offer a space of learning and meditation that highlights the Black history of Montgomery County and western Washington, DC and pay homage to the communities who championed fights against racial discrimination through faith, family, and fellowship. While this exhibition highlights the communities of Scotland, Tobytown, and Macedonia-Moses, we hope that Plans to Prosper You will inspire similar exhibitions and continue to prompt in-depth collaboration within and beyond these communities.

Gallery Talk: July 20, 3:00-4:30PM. No RSVP required.


Maia Cruz Palileo, Men With Escabeche, 2017. Oil on canvas, 72 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist and Taymour Grahne.

Maia Cruz Palileo
Curated by Isabel Manalo
June 15 – August 11, 2019 & September 3 – October 20, 2019

There is a mystery in the act of burying and even more so in uncovering. Maia Cruz Palileo’s paintings and drawings are the metaphorical teeth in this body of work spanning from 2013 to 2019. These works, including a small painting titled Burying Teeth, depict historical narratives from the colonial past of the Philippines, Maia’s country of origin, as well as stories and moments about her own life as a Filipina American growing up in the United States. Her paintings and drawings replicate figures from old family photographs, as well as photos from the American government’s archives depicting anthropological documentation of Filipinos during the American colonization. While her work evokes nostalgia and romanticism, it is imbued with a critical undertone of America’s colonization of the Philippines. Maia’s work is an examination of the Filipino diasporic psyche through a personal and political lens.

Gallery Talk: June 15, 5-6PM. 
Free and open to all, please RSVP here 

Jenny Freestone, Aqua 3, 2015. Photogravure and etching, 16 x 10 in. unframed, 24 x 18 in. framed. Courtesy of the Artist.

Crossing Boundaries & Breaking Borders: DMV Printmaking
June 15-August 11, 2019
Curated by Matthew McLaughlin
Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art

The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region is full of boundaries and borders, both physical—like the state lines that divide these artists—and imagined—political ideology, economic class, gender identity, religious belief. These boundaries delineate spaces, groups, ideas, and more, but they are easily walked over, pushed through, and broken down. Furthermore, the artists featured in Crossing Boundaries and Breaking Borders: DMV Printmaking also question, push, and break down the traditional notions of what printmaking is as a technique, how it can be used, and how printmaking can be defined.

Free Parking: DMV Printmaking
June 27, 5:30-7:00PM, please RSVP here

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