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American University Museum at the Katzen

Free and open to the public, the AU Museum hosts rotating exhibitions of contemporary art from around the globe and a dedicated display space for works from the art history of Washington, DC.

Upcoming Events

September 5
Fall Exhibitions (please see details below)
September 8
Members Preview: Fall Exhibitions
September 9
Opening Reception for Fall Exhibitions
October 5
The Sins in Concert

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Please note: The Museum and Museum Store are closed August 14 through September 4.

Exhibitions Upcoming, September 5 Tuesday through Sunday, 11 - 4

Zena Assi, al kouwa fi yad al mar2a (The Force is in the Hands of the Woman)

I Am: An East-West Arts Initiative Organized by CARAVAN

September 5 - October 22, 2017

Image: Zena Assi, al kouwa fi yad al mar2a (The Force is in the Hands of the Woman), 2016. Mixed media (indian ink, acrylic, pochoir, spray paint, paper collage, felt pen, stamps) on canvas, 100 x 100 cm.

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Twist--Layer--Pour installation details

Twist-Layer-Pour: Sonda N. Arkin, Joan Belmar, and Mary Early

September 5 - October 22, 2017

Image: Twist-Layer-Pour installation details by Sonda N. Arkin, Joan Belmar, and Mary Early

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Landscape From Khartoum

Making a Scene: Jefferson Place

September 5 -October 22, 2017

Image: George Bayliss, Landscape from Khartoum, 1959. Oil on canvas, 48 x 44 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Envy by William Woodward

William Woodward: The Seven Deadly Sins

September 5 - December 17, 2017

Image: William Woodward, Detail of Envy, 2014. Oil on linen, 62 x 51 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Christopher Carter in his studio

Tethered to the Cradle: Kinetic Work by Christopher Carter

September 5 - December 17, 2017

Image: Christopher Carter in his studio. Photo by David Bolen.

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Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros, From Water to Water

Between Two Rounds of Fire, The Exile of the Sea: Arab Modern and Contemporary Works from the Barjeel Art Foundation

September 5 - December 17, 2017

Image: Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros, From Water to Water, 2013. Inkjet on Hahnemühle paper. Courtesy of Grey Noise, Dubai and Galeria Jaqueline Martins, Sao Paolo.

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Alper Initiative

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art promotes an understanding and appreciation of the art and artists of the Washington Metropolitan Area. We provide and staff a dedicated space located within the American University Museum, to present exhibitions, programs, and resources for the study and encouragement of our creative community.

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Museum Membership

The American University Museum at the Katzen presents work that is exciting, challenging, and relevant. When you become an AU Museum member, your membership dues directly support our contemporary programs. Members enjoy exclusive benefits, including invitations to exhibition openings and museum events, opportunities to meet exhibiting artists, discounts at the museum store, and special tours.

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Visiting & Directions

The Museum is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, inside the multi-disciplinary Katzen Arts Center. The three-story public museum and sculpture garden is free with regular hours Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00-4:00.

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