Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art
November 2, 2011, 7 p.m.
Julie Mehretu's work takes images or architectural plans of public spaces from around the globe - museums, stadiums, and international airports - as a point of departure. On surfaces encased in coats of transparent resin, she paints over these sprawling drawings with color-ful, geometric abstractions, iconic imagery, and loosely figurative markings that evoke a world of associations. Recent one-woman exhibitions include Julie Mehretu: Grey Area, installed at Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; and Julie Mehretu: Black City, installed at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León in León, Spain. She currently has two major works included in In Praise of Doubt at Punta della Dogana in Venice. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Award and the Berlin Prize, among others. Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and lives and works in Berlin and New York City.
Free tickets are required for this lecture, and are available beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 in the museum's G Street Lobby.
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