Our spring exhibitions opened this weekend with resounding success – over 1300 visitors attended our opening reception!
The Alper Initiative for Washington Art comes close to home this season with Summerford Legacy. The show honors former American University professor, Ben Summerford. Summerford taught at in the Art department at American University from 1951 to 1987, and this show presents the work of students that studied with him, displaying a wide range of influences.
Also on the first floor, Sharon Wolpoff and Tammra Sigler: Geometry and Other Myths presents an unlikely pairing. Tammra Sigler’s work is deeply expressionistic, while Sharon Wolpoff creates carefully composed, lifelike scenes. However, looking at the work of both artists together reveals similarities. Both artists incorporate geometry, psychology and echoes of spirituality into their work. While they approach their work from vastly different places they seem to meet somewhere in the middle.
Foon Sham: Escape – in the Sculpture Garden and inside on the first floor – was ranked number one on the Washingtonian list of things to do in the District this month. These beautiful wooden sculptural installations are mean to be entered and experienced. The structures evoke the landscape of the American southwest and may call to mind the theme of borders and immigration.
Works by current MFA first year students in Studio Art are on view on the second floor. This show presents works from talented and cutting edge artists. Be sure to come back after April 29, when the MFA Studio Art Thesis show will be on view.
On the third floor Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna presents visitors with a taste of Cuban folk life. His bold forms and colors will engage visitors and prompt them to consider how Luna draws on his Cuban upbringing but also sheds light on more universal aspects of the human condition.
Time Stands Still: Elzbieta Sikorska is also on view on the third floor. The intricate landscapes presented in this show evoke the notion of the passage of time. These large-scale multimedia drawings invite viewers to look closely and become immersed in scenes of the forest floor and to contemplate how time passes and how a single location can be affected.
The museum is also participating in the citywide Stations of the Cross art exhibition presented by Coexist House. On view through April 16, American University is the Twelfth Station, represented by Fernando Botero’s Abu Ghraib 73, on view by the entrance to the museum. For more information on the city-wide exhibition visit artstations.org.
In the Kreeger Lobby Maya Alphabet of Modern Times, artist Frida Larios presents an update on the ancient Maya logographic alphabet, intended to make this important element of pre-Columbian culture relevant in today’s world.
Check out our calendar of events for information on upcoming gallery talks with this group of diverse and talented artists!