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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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Open through August 7, Friday-Sunday only, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Closed Monday–Thursday. No reservations required.

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Summer Exhibitions

Our summer exhibitions feature Caribbean American artists, Czech artist Josef Achrer, Bethesda's River Road Community, and more.

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The Bridge That Carried Us Over
Finale and Panel Discussion
August 6, 12–3 p.m. ET
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Nari Ward, Black Sweat, 2019. Shoelaces, shipping barrel, 74 x 44 in. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London. Featured in Caribbean Transitions.

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.