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  • jack rasmussen 2:04 pm on June 11, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: abstraction, Alper Initiative, American University Museum, art, AUmuseum, Betsy Packard, contemporary, John Winslow, Kurt Godwin, Michael Gross, realism, washington, Washington Art   

    Washington-Based Artists: Michael Gross, John Winslow, Kurt Godwin and Betsy Packard 

    The American University Museum will be exhibiting the work of four Washington-based artists this summer Michael Gross, John Winslow, Kurt Godwin and Betsy Packard in addition to the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition and the Visvaldi Ziedins: Travels in the Imagination (posts to follow). Although they represent a small fraction of the numerous artists who live(d) and work(ed) in Washington D.C., these four artists and their works exemplify the wildly diverse and often idiosyncratic  artistic styles that flourish in the region, making this a lively place to be.

    Michael Gross: Abstraction

    ON VIEW: June 13-July 26

    For web 'Colors-2'-(2015)-5'x12'-Acrylic-on-Canvas-Tryptych

    Michael Gross, Colors #2, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 5′ x 12′

    The Michael Gross exhibition, titled Michael Gross: Abstraction, includes both paintings and prints produced by the Washington D.C.-based artist. His works have their roots artists like Jackson Pollock, William De Kooning and Richard Diebenkorn through their intentional interplay of lines, colors and shapes. But Gross’ intent is subtly different from his forbears. He desires that his works will elicit contemplation within the viewer—drawing them in and giving them “a vision of the incredible power, ambiguity, intricacy and beauty of our lives.”

    Realism Transformed: John Winslow’s Wild New World

    ON VIEW: June 13-July 26

    XYZ copy

    John Winslow, XYZ, 2010, oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″

    In the early to mid 1980s, John Winslow, Washington native and realist painter, radically recast his art replacing the precisely defined spaces, right angles and static figures characteristic of Realism with ambiguous compositions, curvilinear lines, and gravity defying figures. The focus of this exhibition, these later works seek not only to merge abstraction with realism but also to make these opposite polarities coexist. In addition, rather than incorporating purely contemporaneous figures, Winslow later works include figures from artistic, literary, political and aeronautical history. In so doing, Winslow’s subject matter and artistic approach intentionally elicit questions about artistic practice and style.

    Outliers: Kurt Godwin and Betsy Packard

    ON VIEW: June 13- July 26


    Betsy Packard, Vessel, 2015, fabric and batting on wire, 7″ x 23″

    Kurt Godwin, Through the Trees, 2014, acrylic, 48" x 42"

    Kurt Godwin, Through the Trees, 2014, acrylic, 48″ x 42″

    Curated by James Mahoney, the exhibition Outliers features the work of Washington-area artists Kurt Godwin and Betsy Packard. Going against conventional contemporary artistic practices, Packard and Godwin created their works through the transformation of ordinary objects, found images and simple matter. Godwin’s works present complex visual narratives influenced by alchemical speculations and the work of his mentor Marcel Duchamp whereas Packard’s works draw on a myriad of sources including the I Ching, astrology and the meanings of colors, letters and numbers to create unexpected symbolic significances.



    I am delighted to announce that upon the closing of these three exhibitions showcasing Washington-based artists, the museum will begin construction for the Alper Initiative for Washington Art. This new space will be dedicated to the display of Washington Art and feature programming that celebrates the vibrant culture of Washington, DC. The Alper Initiative is scheduled to open in January of 2016. For more on the Alper Initiative and project updates click here.


    • Ifiokobong Ibanga 5:57 pm on October 6, 2015 Permalink

      This is fascinating. Kindly inform me about this project in the future. It’s worth following.

    • lili Iravani 2:48 pm on June 12, 2015 Permalink

      please send me information about this project.

      • jack rasmussen 12:32 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink

        Hi Ms. Iravani,

        We will add your email to our Alper Initiative mailing list.

    • Carol M Dupre 3:54 pm on June 11, 2015 Permalink

      I’m interested in any updates of presentations, talks, panels, and project offerings: also any information about the Alper Initiative.

      • jack rasmussen 12:27 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink

        Hi Ms. Dupre,

        Thank you for your interest in the AU museum and the Alper Initiative I will add your email to our mailing list.

  • jack rasmussen 8:51 am on January 25, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: American University Museum, Ann Pibal, Dean Smith, Frank Trankina, Jill Downen, Tim Doud   

    Artist Bon Vivant Professor Tim Doud has invited… 

    Artist/Bon Vivant/Professor Tim Doud has invited four American University Visiting Artists to exhibit together in Sightlines: Ann Pibal, Jill Downen, Frank Trankina, and Dean Smith. The show opens here tonight, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, and is a perfectly-crafted subtly-stunning artistic kiss sandwiched between the psychologically-charged sexually-monumental restraints on the third floor (Augustin Fernandez: The Ultimate Surrealist) and the dazzlingly-effusive and supremely-requited love affair on the 1st floor (Washington Art Matters II: 1940s – 1980s).AU-KAC-Winter_e-Sightlines-03v-LR

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