Join the student curators of “Moves Like Walter” to explore their curatorial perspectives on the 9,000-piece Corcoran gift, featuring works ranging from 18th century American painting to contemporary art shown in the American University Museum for the first time. Free and open to all. Please let the museum know if you plan to attend by RSVPing to tinyurl.com/aumuseumkatzen.
“Moves like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection” is a product of Director and Curator Jack Rasmussen’s spring course on curatorial practice. Upon receipt of the Corcoran Collection, graduate students in art history, arts management, and studio art have curated a playful and provocative interpretation of the 9,000-piece gift. The exhibition is inspired by Walter Hopps, briefly the Director of the Corcoran and an erratic but seminal American curator of contemporary art. The curators have divided their responses into five sub-groups, “Boundless: Existing Within Ambiguous Space,” “The Road Home,” “The Selfless Spirit: Nature vs. Nurture and the Effects of Motherhood in the Corcoran Collection,” “American Legacy: Reconsidering Non-Western Subjects in the Corcoran Collection,” and “Redefining the Gaze: Shifting the Power.” On view September 3-December 15, 2019.