College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Katzen's Spring Exhibits Will Showcase International Artists
THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM, which is
housed in the new Katzen Arts Center and showcases
contemporary art from the nation's capital and around the
world, will present
exhibits this spring.
New Art from
Northern Ireland will be open to
the public April
22 through July
29. This exhibit
will run in conjunction
with the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival,
which is held on the National Mall and each year focuses
on a few countries or regions. Jack Rasmussen, the Museum's director and curator, traveled to Northern Ireland last fall
to select the 18 artists whose work will be featured. In his
words, "every style, genre, and medium is represented in
this reflection on the continuing resolution of the country's
past political troubles."
Argentina will also be in the spotlight with the
Diseño Shakespear exhibit, which will run from May 22
through June 24. "I was intrigued by this artist, Ronald
Shakespear, who for decades has specialized in environmental
design," explained Rasmussen. "His graphic design work
can be seen all over the country, from the zoo to the subway network of Buenos Aires."
Made possible by benefactors Dr. Cyrus and
Myrtle Katzen, AU's beautiful arts center opened in the
fall of 2005. The 130,000-foot venue brings together in
one space all of AU's visual and performing arts programs.
Students enjoy state-of-the art facilities and the Museum
provides to the AU and larger community permanent
collections and exciting special exhibits each season. For
more information about hours, tours, and exhibits, visit the Museum web site.