From Earth to Space: Katzen Art Center’s early fall exhibit overview

Head to Katzen Arts Center to check out the newest exhibits

From Earth to Space: Katzen Art Center’s early fall exhibit overview

Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center on Massachusetts Avenue 

From free special events to programs, AU’s Katzen Arts Center showcases different art forms to the public each semester. On Sept. 7, the Katzen Arts Center debuted five new exhibits at the early fall opening reception.

“Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism”

This exhibit shows art from Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun, two exceptional painters of the second abstract-expressionism generation. 

During this period, painters would often fill their canvas with color while using gestural expression. 

The exhibit consists of two dozen works by Haritigan and Herzbrun — including “Snow Angel” and “Beware of the Gifts” by Hartigan andAeroplat” and “Landscape (Rising from Purple)” by Herzburn. The exhibit was curated by art history Professor Emerita Norma Broude, a specialist in 19th century French and Italian paintings.

When: Sept. 3 - Oct. 20

“Prints & Artists: WD Printmaking Workshop 1970-Present”

Adams Morgan locals Percy and Alice Martin created the WD Printmaking Workshop 50 years ago. The Martins opened their in-home studio for artists to come together and learn about the printmaking profession. Over 20 members of the workshop have works that are featured in the exhibit, including “Silver Bass Players” by George H. Smith-Shomari, “Elephant Chasing Man” by Percy Martin, “A Spectrum” by Joyce Wellman and “Untitled” by Michael B. Platt.

When: Sept. 3 - Oct. 20

“Our World Above: Monoprints and Glass”

“Our World Above: Monoprints and Glass” is Annette Lerner’s debut exhibition in Washington, D.C. Her inspiration comes from the Hubble Telescope and desert skies due to her fascination with space. Some of the works on display include “Sunset,” “Super Nova” and “Galaxy III.” According to Lerner, outer space is a gift to our world, and the artist uses that to shape her artistic values. 

When: Sept. 3 - Oct. 20

“Topographies of Life: Pam Rogers, Lynn Sures, Mel Watkin”

Presented by AU Museum Project Space, curator Jennifer Riddell exhibits the work of artists Lynn Sures, Mel Watkin and Pam Rogers this fall. Each of the artists used drawing methods to connect landscape and nature with their pieces. Roger said that her work explores the role of the artist as they engage with nature. Some of the exhibit’s most notable pieces include “The Hominin Site: Habitat” by Sures, “Cross-Section: Hophornbeam” by Watkins and “The Children’s Hours” by Rogers. 

When: Sept. 3 - Dec. 15

“Moves Like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection”

Born out of curator Jack Rasmussen’s spring course on curatorial practice, this exhibit takes inspiration from The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Rasmussen and his graduate students curated 9,000 pieces from one of the first private museums started by William Wilson Corcoran. Over 50 artists are featured, with pieces that include “Teri” by Bernis Von Zur Muehlen, “Rebecca at the Well” by Thomas Prichard Rossiter, “Untitled” by Joan D. Cassis and “The Waiters” by Kenneth Callahan.

When: Sept. 3 - Dec. 15

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