October 23, 2020–January 31, 2021
Julie Mehretu (American, born Ethiopia, 1970), Conjured Parts (eye), Ferguson, 2016, ink and acrylic on canvas, The Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles. © Julie Mehretu. Photograph by Cathy Carver.
Julie Mehretu (American, born Ethiopia, 1970), Retopistics: A Renegade Excavation, 2001, ink and acrylic on canvas, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; 2013.28. © Julie Mehretu. Photograph by Edward C. Robinson III.
Julie Mehretu, co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Whitney Museum of American Art, is the artist’s first comprehensive survey exhibition featuring her meticulously crafted paintings, drawings, and prints. Including early work influenced by the notion of cities as sociopolitical constructs; complex paintings built up in layers of colors, lines, brushstrokes, and architectural renderings; and Mehretu’s recent predominantly abstract, gestural work, the exhibition reveals the evolution of her work and its proximity to abstraction over the past two decades.
A special feature of the exhibition is Mehretu’s cycle of four monumentally scaled paintings titled Mogamma (A Painting in Four Parts) (2012). Reunited for the first time since they were last shown together in 2013, Mogamma interrogates themes of migration, revolution, global capitalism, and technology. Each painting in the cycle belongs to four different museums across three continents. The High Museum of Art acquired Mogamma (Part 2) in 2013.
Mehretu first became known to a broader audience after her inclusion in the groundbreaking 2001 exhibition Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Since then, she has become one of the most influential artists of her generation, receiving a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 2005 and the U.S. State Department’s National Medal of Arts in 2015.
Banner Image Credit: Julie Mehretu, Mogamma (A Painting in Four Parts): Part 2 (detail), 2012, ink and acrylic on canvas.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Major support is provided by the Ford Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
This exhibition is made possible by
Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor
Exhibition Series Sponsors
Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporter
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation
Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
Tom and Susan Wardell
Rod and Kelly Westmoreland
Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
W. Daniel Ebersole and Sarah Eby-Ebersole
Robin and Hilton Howell
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Margot and Danny McCaul
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.