Friday, May 4, 2018

Asia shapes two art shows at the American University Museum

By Mark Jenkins
Miya Ando, Yoake (Dawn), 2018. Courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
WASHINGTON, DC---East and West converge in different ways in the work of Miya Ando and Jiha Moon, two Asia-rooted female artists who have shows in adjacent galleries at the American University Museum. While Moon’s art includes some conspicuous American ingredients, Ando’s work might seem to be purely Asian. Unlike Moon, Ando is a lifelong American citizen. And all the pieces inAndo's AU show — and the show itself, “Kumo” — are titled in Japanese. “Kumo” means cloud, and much of the artist’s minimalist work depicts transient atmospheric phenomena. Ando may contemplate the sky merely for its subtle beauty. But ephemeral mist and light might also represent Buddhist teachings about eternal change and life’s impermanence. [More]

American University: "Miya Ando: Kumoand "Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone's Mad Here" (Through May 27, 2018);  Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW; (202)885-1300.
“Most Everyone’s Mad Here,” a 2015 work by Jiha Moon, whose dominant motifs are more explicitly Asian but have pop art elements, too. (Jiha Moon)