What a workout! Thanks to Shannon and all who came out to Yoga in the Galleries! #yoga #americanu #dc #sweaty
The experience is one of pleasure mixed with pain.
Neither of these two painters’ work is purely abstract. App’s art celebrates a kind of pristine architecture, while Haner’s offers a window onto a wilder natural world.
In each case, the hand of man is evident. For App, it’s evident in the way his paintings try to contain — or perhaps even tame — deep feeling. For Haner, it’s in the way his paintings evoke the marks that will linger on the surface of our home planet long after we have left it.
— Two sides of painting at American University - The Washington Post - Michael O’Sullivan
“My work deals with contemporary environmental issues and the varied roles of human intervention that are employed in attempts to correct or improve wild spaces and wild life. I am also interested in human/animal relationships and questioning the idea of animal otherness.
I am working to understand humanity’s need to relate to the natural world yet remain separate. I am interested in the expression of human needs and desires as supernatural or spiritual, and the resulting rituals we create to support our worldviews. I look at how we struggle to assist animals in constructing spaces and preserving populations and how animals sometimes subvert human intentions. I focus on the disconnection in human understanding of animal needs. I identify shared experiences as ways to relate our desires to fellow animals. I ritualize in the name of the animals for the benefit of humans and try to equate life through the comparison of human to animal within a ritual.
My newest series focuses on the act of scientifically monitoring animal populations. I use the same methods as wildlife biologists, who attract creatures in varying locations in order to construct a record of animal movement. The difference is I appropriate the visual language of ceremony involving cake, in an attempt to celebrate an event with the animals. Through the invitation to celebrate human milestones and traditions, my intervention is meant to reestablish a familial bond to the animal world.”
- Heather Ravenscroft, MFA ‘13
“I create experiences to articulate ideas that cannot be conveyed on paper. I construct situations that manifest in response to personal and physical understandings of limitation and loss, while in the process hoping to discover the extraordinary through the hybridization of the ordinary. My work is not destructive, though it involves deconstruction. I push the limits of how much an object can withstand, while exploring how much things can transform…”
-Artist statement from Collecting Fragments of Time: The Radio Projects, Emily Francisco, MFA ‘13
“I make painting and installation works that question the functionality and physicality of a culturally significant material that vacillates between being itself and its metamorphosis into a medium.
The material of practice here is Salt.
The works express the extant of this omnipresent material; They are communicative of sentimentalized understandings of the economic and historic duality of the material, that is reflective of its origins.
The paintings transpose to become objects that match the apparent conflict in the shifting states of the material.
This process re-contextualizes the adherence of salt in its exhaustive influence on culture translating between its land and people.
The installation works stimulate a sense of presence with the abounding amounts of salt that exposes the varied manifestations of absorption of the material into the world.
They are representative of the passage and rationale of a ‘nature’- a material that has globalized itself.”
-HARINI THYAGARAJAN, MFA ‘13
Yoga in the Galleries Session 2
Next session set for May 8 at 10am.
Preschoolers from the Child Development Center on campus stopped by the museum for a yoga break with Shannon Ramirez. No surprise: they did an amazing job!
Join us for Yoga in the Galleries, tomorrow (4/24) morning at 10 am.
Yoga in the Galleries: Spring Edition!
Join us for the next session this Wednesday, April 24th at 10am. It’s free, but bring your mats!
“Timothy App: The Aesthetics of Precision” by Joe Rubino
In late March 2003, the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre in Tenleytown opened, finally giving a massive home to the Department of Performing Arts at AU.
The theater gave the department the ability to perform large-scale shows, and it increased the amount of resources that could spur new and innovative performances.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the theater, and celebrations included a gala where Sylvia Greenberg (daughter of D.C. housing magnate Abraham Kay, for whom the Kay Spiritual Life Center is named) was honored. Her husband Harold, who also shares the Greenberg namesake, passed away in 2009.
Read More of Staff Writer David Kahen-Kashi’s article on the Greenberg Theatre’s 10th anniversary.
Timothy App’s work on view during the Artists’ Reception.
At the Artists’ Reception for Spring Exhibitions, guests viewing MFA 1st Year student works in Flavor of the Month.
“The exhibition was one of the most politically charged in recent memory: as Houston is the energy capital of the world and DC the capital of war, Molodkin succeeded in opening up two important fronts in his anarchist-artist battle to reveal truth to power and to demand action.”
Installation time at the AU Museum once again! We’re super excited for these talented artists!