American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave

Sponsored by the American University

The American University Museum invites Art All Night attendees to a special after hours viewing of their early fall exhibitions: Robert D’Arista: A Portrait; D’Arista Legacy; Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity; Finding a Path, Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak: A Conversation; and Selections from the Artery Collection. The museum will be open 7-10 p.m. for Art All Night. Light refreshments will be served.


Robert D’Arista: A Portrait aims to introduce viewers to (or reacquaint them with) D’Arista’s paintings, prints, and sculpture—and the significant artistic contributions he made during 20 years spent teaching at the American University Department of Art. These timeless works, counterweights to the more fashionable art of his time, continue to deserve our consideration for their mastery and their enduring aesthetic value.

D’Arista Legacy: Carlton Fletcher, Lowell Gilbertson, Edith Kuhnle, Dale Loy, Katy Murray, Marci Nadler, Lee Newman, Iris Osterman, Maggie Siner, Jo Weiss, Diane Wilson, and Susan Yanero – Robert D’Arista taught in the American University Department of Art for some 20 years. This exhibition explores his impact on 12 of his students. Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art.

Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity – In Without Provenance, Jim Sanborn has given us all a rare gift of artistic provocation. The takeaway from this extraordinary exhibition is a vision for an art collecting world very different from our own, but hardly without precedent. Jim’s imagined world, which would make complete sense to an ancient Roman, is one wherein the skilled artist-craftsmen of contemporary Cambodia who we now call forgers and who muddle the art market, would be understood to be what they are: gifted copyists.

Finding a Path, Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak: A Conversation – Emilie Brzezinski and Dayla Luttwak have much in common as artists, yet they have never shown their works together. Brzezinski’s massive, rough-hewn wood sculptures embody the vital energy of trees as archetypes of being. Luttwak’s brilliantly colored metal creations are inspired by another essential aspect of universal growth and decay in nature – tree roots. This site-specific installation is a conversation on their approaches to nature as a means of understanding one’s path through the world, and life itself.

Selections from the Artery Collection – The Artery Collection was initially conceived as a corporate collection in the early 1980s to support Washington-area artists and enhance the real estate offices of the company, then the Artery Organization. The timing was fortuitous since during this period the region was a vital incubator for the Washington Color School as well as a period of experimentation in different media by artists. This energy is reflected in the variety of art carefully chosen by the discerning eyes of Carol Brown and Henry H. Goldberg. Artists represented include William Christenberry, Manon Cleary, Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Sam Gilliam, Tom Green, Rockne Krebs, Ed McGowin, Howard Mehring, Joe Shannon, and Anne Truitt.



The FREE American University shuttle runs every 15 minutes between the American University Museum and the Tenley Metro Plaza. Enjoy these amazing exhibits and then hop on the shuttle to visit the Art All Night venues on Wisconsin Avenue. Look for Art All Night signs marking the shuttle stop, just around the corner from the Katzen Arts Center.


photo credit: Emily Gude Photography

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