We present exhibitions that mirror American University’s aspirations to be the premier Washington-based, global university. Our programming puts the best art of our region in a national and international context. Our collections enable us to present the art history of Washington, while our Kunsthalle attitude brings the most provocative art of our time to our place.

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  1. The reflection from the trash can outside the museum makes a great detail to Ed Bisese’s show!

    The reflection from the trash can outside the museum makes a great detail to Ed Bisese’s show!

  2. The AU Chamber Choir makes great use of the Tsibi Geva exhibition space!

  3. Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

    Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

  4. Getting ready for the Fall for the Arts Art Auction October 5th!

    Getting ready for the Fall for the Arts Art Auction October 5th!

  5. Natalie wears the more dramatic GAPA (Grandmothers Against Poverty & AIDS) pieces.

    Natalie wears the more dramatic GAPA (Grandmothers Against Poverty & AIDS) pieces.

  6. The Kids@Katzen ladies prepping for Sunday’s DIY project: terrariums! #dc #terrarium #kidart

    The Kids@Katzen ladies prepping for Sunday’s DIY project: terrariums! #dc #terrarium #kidart

  7. The party’s just begun!

    The party’s just begun!

  8. Washington Art Matters, some noted pieces. #wam #washingtonart #dc

    Washington Art Matters, some noted pieces. #wam #washingtonart #dc

  9. Chester Arnold: Accumulation and Dispersal, open until August 11. #arnold #dcart #americanuniversity #dc

    Chester Arnold: Accumulation and Dispersal, open until August 11. #arnold #dcart #americanuniversity #dc

  10. A great Gallery Talk with Raya Bodnarchuk! Too bad it’s raining now. #dc #art #americanuniversity

    A great Gallery Talk with Raya Bodnarchuk! Too bad it’s raining now. #dc #art #americanuniversity

  11. Unable to even with this sunset over the Katzen. #dc #americanuniversity #sunset

    Unable to even with this sunset over the Katzen. #dc #americanuniversity #sunset

  12. The sky over Ward Circle. What a gorgeous evening! #dc #americanuniversity

    The sky over Ward Circle. What a gorgeous evening! #dc #americanuniversity

  13. Washington Art Matters, But Let's Make a Better Case For It - Arts Desk →

    "American University Museum Director Jack Rasmussen, a consistent supporter of D.C. art, found a hole for an exhibit last year when he learnedThe Washington Arts Museum was publishing Washington Art Matters, a book on local art from 1940 to 1989. Earlier this year, the book’s authors gave Rasmussen a list of artists to include in the show, and the museum got to work plucking the relevant art from private collections and three area museums in under 10 weeks (the museum already owned about a third of the work).”

  14. manpodcast:

This is an installation view of Color Field, artist Liza Lou’s new exhibition/installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The painting in the background is a Kenneth Noland. Lou is the second guest on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast.
Color Field is on view at the MCASD through November 3. It is in the MCASD’s downtown Jacobs Building. 
Lou is a MacArthur ‘genius’ award recipient and has had solo shows at the Akron Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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We love a color field! Lou repping the proteges of Washington Color School! 

    manpodcast:

    This is an installation view of Color Field, artist Liza Lou’s new exhibition/installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The painting in the background is a Kenneth Noland. Lou is the second guest on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast.

    Color Field is on view at the MCASD through November 3. It is in the MCASD’s downtown Jacobs Building. 

    Lou is a MacArthur ‘genius’ award recipient and has had solo shows at the Akron Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

    Listen to this week’s program: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. See images of art discussed on the show. Also:

    We love a color field! Lou repping the proteges of Washington Color School! 

  15. Washington Art Matters Panel, 1940s-60s, moderated by Jean Lawlor Cohen