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The AU Museum hosts rotating exhibitions of contemporary art from around the globe and the Alper Initiative, a dedicated research and display space for the art history of Washington, DC.

Located on American University’s main campus at the Katzen Arts Center.

Yoga in the Galleries and docent-led tours will resume at a later date.

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Highlighting our Spring Exhibitions A Letter to the AU Museum Community

A letter to the AU Museum community from Jack Rasmussen, Director & Curator, and Kristi-Anne Shaer, Associate Director, adapted below.

"The AU Museum is closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Our first priority is the health of our visitors, students, volunteers, and staff.

While the museum closure was absolutely necessary, it was a heartbreaking decision to cancel our spring exhibitions. The artists, curators, and staff worked for years to plan the spring shows and they deserve to be seen.

For that reason, the AU Museum will be sharing highlights of the exhibitions and from our permanent collections through our digital platforms. Please visit the webpages below, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and sign up for our mailing list for additional content."

Contemporary art installation

Spring exhibitions

Gods & Monsters
Artworks by Viola Frey

Mortality: A Survey of Contemporary Death Art

Behind the Scenes: Preparators and their Art
Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art

Theoretical Dilemma
MFA Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

Ideasthesia: 7 Sensory Perceptions
MFA Studio Art First Year Exhibition

Images: Viola Frey, Untitled (Blue Hands, Hat of Figurines), Greedy Grandmother Series, 1980. Oil and acrylic on paper, 30 x 22 1/2 in. ALF no. VF-0330WP. Artists’ Legacy Foundation, Oakland, CA. Art © Artists’ Legacy Foundation/Licensed by ARS, New York. Photograph by M. Lee Fatherree.

Caroline Hatfield, Terraform (detail), 2018. Laser cut layered tar paper, charcoal on panel, 15 x 15 x 2.5 in. Courtesy of the artist.