Complete list of events: Kevin MacDonald, 2 exhibitions in Washington, DC this spring UPDATED

Announcing a SECOND show this spring:

1. Kevin MacDonald: The Tension of a Suspended Moment

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

April 2 to May 29, 2016


2. Kevin MacDonald

Adamson Gallery

April 23 to May 21, 2016 NOTE NEW DATES

1. About the Museum exhibition:

Kevin MacDonald was one of the Washington area’s most popular and acclaimed artists. In large-scale color pencil drawings, pastels, oil paintings, and prints, MacDonald, who died in 2006, draws the viewer into contemplation and imaginative flight. While often described as “nominally realist,” MacDonald’s output was stylistically varied. Both exhibitions will feature surprises even for viewers familiar with the artist’s career. MacDonald’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and scores of corporate and institutional collections.

The exhibition at the American University Museum (AUM), Kevin MacDonald: The Tension of a Suspended Moment, is the first museum retrospective of the artist’s 30+ year career. It features a large and diverse selection of the artist’s finest work including oil on canvas, color pencil and pastel drawings, and prints. Many of the works in the show have been hidden from view for decades, and have been generously loaned to the exhibition by some of Washington’s finest private collections. Several have never been exhibited anywhere.

The museum exhibition is accompanied by a related show, Twisted Teenage Plot, about the collaboration between a group of artists who formed a rock band by that name. MacDonald played bass; others in the group included Michael Clark, Joseph White, Judith Watkins Tartt, and Robin Rose, who is also known as a member of the band, Urban Verbs. Twisted Teenage Plot is the second program of the Alper Initiative at AUM, fostering the study and appreciation of Washington area artists.

Kevin MacDonald: the Tension of a Suspended Moment is supplemented by a generously illustrated catalog.

Special events associated with the museum exhibition include:

  • Saturday, April 2, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, public opening of the exhibition;

  • Saturday, May 7, 3:00 pm, tour of the exhibition by the artist's widow, Robin Moore; and

  • Saturday, May 21, 4:00 pm, panel discussion featuring Lee Fleming, who contributed an essay to the exhibition catalog; noted writer Benjamin Forgey, and exhibition curator, AUM Director Jack Rasmussen

  • All events are free and open to the public

  • Exhibition dates: April 2 to May 29, 2016

  • The AU Museum is located in the Katzen Arts Center at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016

  • Phone: 202-885-1300

  • Museum hours and details:

A catalog will be available. Many works from the Estate will be available for sale through Adamson Gallery.

A related show, Twisted Teenage Plot, about a rock band of artists of which MacDonald was a key member, will be up at the same time and will also have a panel and other related events.

2. About the gallery exhibition

Adamson Gallery is pleased to present a selection of MacDonald’s available works on paper and in other media. MacDonald had more than a dozen one-person shows at Adamson since 1984, and previously had been represented by Harry Lunn Gallery.

  • Adamson Gallery is located at 1515 14th Street, NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC, 20005.

  • Phone: 202-232-0707

  • Dates: April 23 to May 21, 2016 NEW DATES

  • Gallery opening: Saturday, April 23, 6:00 - 8:00 pm NEW DATE and TIME

  • Free and open to the public, Tuesdays through Saturdays

  • Website:

The museum show has been supported by generous gifts from individuals and foundations. If you'd like to make a gift, or order a catalog, please send an email to the Estate here.

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