Late fall shows at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
opened Nov. 11.
The first exhibit to open, RADIX: The Eternal Feminine, is curated by Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. RADIX is a collaboration of three Washington artists: Anne Marchand, Pat Goslee and Cianne Fragione. The exhibit features the concept of the Eternal Feminine as an original, dynamic and cosmic force, in paintings and assemblages. Defying simple definition, this concept has different but analogous meanings for each artist. Each artist employs contemporary and abstract terms to express feminine energy from her own perspective. Through Dec. 17. Gallery Talk: Nov. 30 from 6-7 p.m.
The second exhibit, The Trawick Prize, features award-winning Washington art in the Alper Initiative for Washington Art space of the museum. Established by Carol Trawick, a community activist from Montgomery County, Md., the prize rewards some of the most talented artists from the Washington area. The Trawick Prize exhibit features new works by the Best in Show recipients from the last 15 years: Lauren Adams, Richard Cleaver, Larry Cook, Neil Feather, Mia Feurer, Lillian Bayley Hoover, Gary Kachadourian, Maggie Michael, Jonathan Monaghan, Jiha Moon, David Page, James Rieck, Jo Smail and Rene Trevino. Through Dec. 17. Gallery Talk: Nov. 11 from 5-6 p.m.
The museum is also displaying new acquisitions to its Rothfield Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art. Part of the American University Museums permanent collection, the Rothfeld Collection is designed to inspire dialog about political and cultural issues involving Israel, through paintings, sculptures, and mixed media work of prominent and emerging Israeli artists. The exhibit features an array of work from the collection as well as recent acquisitions by artists Melanie Daniel, Tal Shochat, Lihi Turjeman, and Alon Kedem. The show runs concurrently with an exhibit of Arab modern and contemporary art, Between Two Rounds of Fire, The Exile of the Sea: Arab Modern and Contemporary Works Ffrom the Barjeel Art Foundation. The Rothfeld Collection was originally gifted to the AU Museum by Donald Rothfeld in 2011, and it has been growing ever since.