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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 the Alper Institute, a dedicated research and display space for the art history of Washington, DC.

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Upcoming Exhibitions January 27 — March 11, 2018

Offering by Erik Thor Sandberg

Erik Thor Sandberg

Erik Thor Sandberg, Offering, 2017, Oil on panel, 42" x 49." Courtesy of the artist and CONNERSMITH.

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Barrier, Florence, Italy, by Frank DiPerna

Frank DiPerna Retrospective


Frank DiPerna, Barrier, Florence, Italy, 2008. Archival inkjet print, 14” x 21.” Courtesy of the artist.

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Untitled by Kateřina Vincourová

Kateřina Vincourová: Arteria


Kateřina Vincourová, Untitled, 2016. Plaster, rope, dimensions vary. Collection of Fait Gallery.

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Folding Two by Thomas Downing

Thomas Downing and the Sublime Decorative


Thomas Downing, Folding Two, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 46” x 74.” From the Estate of Dolly Langdon and Aldus H. Chapin, courtesy of Hemphill Fine Arts.

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Whirlwind by Abel Tilahun

Vital Signs


Abel Tilahun, Whirlwind, 2014. Print on archival paper, 44” x 84.” Courtesy of the artist.

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WORDS by Brain Dailey

WORDS: Brian Dailey's Contemporary Tower of Babel

Brian Dailey, WORDS

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Alper Initiative

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art, housed in the AU Museum, promotes an understanding and appreciation of the art and artists of the Washington Metropolitan Area. We encourage Washington artists to submit their work on an ongoing basis for exhibition consideration.


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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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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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