The Seven Deadly Sins: A Comedy Oil Paintings and Master Drawings, 1994-2014
September 5 – December 17, 2017 · American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Admission is Free · Museum Hours: 11am to 4pm Tuesday-Sunday (Closed Monday)
For the past two decades, William Woodward has delved into the rich history and aesthetic possibilities of the seven deadly sins. The master drawings and narrative paintings in this exhibition owe a great deal to the films of Federico Fellini, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton the com media dell’arte tradition. The artist tries to imagine, had these directors and actors been painters, how they might have depicted their subjects in whimsical and elusive ways rather than strident and explicit interpretations. In creating The Seven Deadly Sins Woodward is not preaching about sin. Rather, he wanted to paint pictures that no one, including himself, had ever seen before.
Opening Reception · September 9th 6-9pm · Meet the artist William Woodward at the opening reception for the fall exhibitions. Light refreshments served. Free and open to all.
The Sins in Concert · October 5th 7:30-9pm · Conductor James Blachly and the Experimental Orchestra presents seven new compositions inspired by William Woodward: The Seven Deadly Sins. Light refreshments served.
Gallery Talk with the Artist · November 16th 6-7:30pm · William Woodward, Artist Clarice Smith, Author Katherine Neville, and Museum Director and Curator Jack Rasmussen discuss the inspiration and technique behind the narrative paintings in The Seven Deadly Sins: A Comedy. (Watch on Youtube.)
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