American University Museum | SURFACE TENSION: The Visible and The Hidden

By Editorial Team on March 29, 2024

Sat, April 6 2024 — Sun, May 19 2024

Genie Ghim, FACES, 2023. Serigraphs on Paper, 11×14 in.
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6 from 5:30-7:30pm


SURFACE TENSION: The Visible and The Hidden
Six American University MFA candidates explore the oscillation between the surface and what lies beneath. Works in this exhibition bring forth the rich autobiographical soil that informs each of the artists’ practices and journeys. This exhibition interrogates the notion of surface as merely the endpoint of each artist’s work, proposing instead that it serves as a dynamic threshold to multilayered narratives and inquiries. The artists challenge the viewer to look beyond the immediacy of the visual, prompting a deeper engagement with the underlying tensions that shape our personal and collective identities.

Bob Schieffer, One Million, 2022. Oil on canvas, 41 x 31 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Looking for the Light
In a sweeping exhibition, long-time CBS journalist Bob Schieffer (CBS Evening News, Face the Nation, 60 Minutes, presidential debate moderator) trades microphone for paint brush to document one of America’s most difficult eras. He shows us how the COVID pandemic, and the efforts to combat it, was just the beginning of a deep national divide.

Ultimately, his paintings tell a story of hope. Awful times such as these often produce heroes. He counts Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman among them and finds inspiration in her poem “The Hill We Climb” as she tells us “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

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