Posts Tagged ‘American University Museum’

“Some Uses of Photography”: A Too-Modest Title for a Mesmerizing Exhibit

A photo series tracks an innocence toddler through sullen college age.

American University Museum Launches Gallery for D.C. Art, Aims to Absorb Some of the Corcoran Collection

The American University Museum is expanding its focus on Washington artists, positioning itself as a research center for D.C. art thanks to a substantial new gift. The study gallery, as the museum director refers to it, will support historic and thematic exhibitions on local art and artists as well as films, lectures, and other programming.
With the [...]

“Washington Art Matters II,” Reviewed

The first "Washington Art Matters" exhibit, mounted last summer, was an incomplete thought: a colon, desperate for an exclamation point. Though were several remarkable works in the exhibition at the American University Museum—a 90-artist show assembled in less than two months by a skeleton crew and a shoe-string budget–something was missing. Perhaps the digital suggestion [...]

Reviewed: “Siberia Through the Eyes of Russian Photographers” at American University Museum

For most Americans, Siberia is quite literally a blank slate. An exhibition of photographs of Siberia at the American University Museum pulls back the curtain a bit, but even at the end, the sprawling and sparsely populated Russian territory remains frustratingly enigmatic.
Images in the exhibit stretch over more than a century, from the 1860s to [...]

Yes, Washington Art Matters, But Let’s Make a Better Case For It

"Any show so varied, it is bound to leave a blur," wrote Washington Post critic Paul Richard about "The Washington Show," an exhibit the Corcoran mounted in 1985. The show aspired to establish the importance of Washington artists at the time. "Washington Art Matters," an ongoing exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen [...]

The Best Images of 2012

Sometimes one image is enough to carry an exhibit. Here are my picks for the Top 10 images that appeared in photographic exhibits in D.C. in 2012.
1. Frank Hallam Day, ship hull images, Addison/Ripley Gallery
It’s difficult to choose the better of Day’s two photographs of ship hulls in “Waterline,” an exhibit loosely organized around the [...]

Reviewed: Ivan Pinkava at American University Museum

The works of Ivan Pinkava, a prominent Czech photographer, confirm many of the stereotypes Americans have about Eastern European art: It's intellectually ponderous, and very, very gray.
Photographing people and objects in low-light, nearly bare studios, Pinkava produces images that “resonate at a basic human level, regardless of the viewer’s background.”
Sometimes this approach works – one [...]

“Mexico: Expected/Unexpected” at American University Museum, Reviewed

American University’s current show, "Mexico: Expected/Unexpected," certainly contains an unexpected array of artists: Ana Mendieta, Gordon Matta-Clark, William Eggleston, Doug Aitken, John Baldessari, and Ed Ruscha. Notice: They're not Mexican.
But don't be alarmed just yet, because there are Mexican voices throughout this exhibition, curated by Carlos Basauldo (it first showed at the Maison Rouge in Paris). He culled [...]

Vitamin A: Fred Folsom’s “Last Call”

In which one of our art critics highlights a favorite work on view in a local gallery
"The Constant Artist" captures the lives, words, and product of several prominent D.C. artists from various points across decades. Photographs and interviews are the work of Paul Feinberg, and the paintings on the wall are the works of his [...]

The Best Photographic Images of 2011

Sometimes an exhibit is great in its entirety; sometimes one particular piece rises well above the rest of the exhibit. The images below fall into the latter category. Together, they constitute the 10 best photographic images of 2011, at least in this reviewer's opinion.
1. Harry Callahan, “Telephone Wires,” National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery [...]