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American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center


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.

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Closed through June 10. Summer hours begin on June 11, Friday-Sunday only. Closed Monday–Thursday. No reservations required.

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From our permanent collection: Michal Helfman, Mitzpe Ramon, 2005. Ink marker on paper, 23 1/2 × 31 1/2 in. The Donald Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art, 2012.1.31 . Photo: Greg Staley. Featured in In place of a missing place.

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On view June 11, our summer exhibitions feature Caribbean American artists, Czech artist Josef Achrer, Bethesda's River Road Community, and more.

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Images (header): Installation view of Landscape in an Eroded Field, works by Carol Barsha and Heather Theresa Clark. Photo by Anne Kim. Installation view of Escape: Foon Sham. Photo by Gregory Staley. Installation view of Thomas Downing and the Sublime Decorative. Photo by Gregory Staley. Installation view of Filter by April Flanders in Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking. Photo by Gregory Staley. Installation view of Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism. Photo by Gregory Staley. Top row, center: Photo by Emily Gude Photography. Middle row, right: Photo by Nick Klein. Bottom row, center: Photo by Bruce Guthrie.