EXHIBITION: Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 103 Garland Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public

Categories: Arts, Department of Art and Art History

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is pleased to present its Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Exhibition for 2019, an exhibition of prints by internationally acclaimed artist Julie Mehretu. Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu opens January 24 and runs through March 8, 2019. The public is invited to the opening reception for the exhibition, Thursday, Jan. 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in 103 Garland Hall. In addition, Cole Rogers, artistic director and master printer at Highpoint Editions, who has worked extensively with Mehretu, will give a gallery talk on January 30 at 3:00 p.m. in 103 Garland Hall.

Considered one of the most important artists working today, Julie Mehretu is known for large-scale paintings, drawings and prints that mix elements of urban landscape with personal, energetic iconography. Mehretu sees her work as an investigation of identity and its links to community, power and place. She combines found imagery with free gesture to place current and historical events in a new, unfamiliar context.

Mehretu's exploration of printmaking, the focus of this exhibition, includes intaglio, chine collé, screenprinting and lithography. She has completed collaborative projects at professional printmaking studios across America, among them Highpoint Editions in Minneapolis, Crown Point Press in San Francisco, Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles and Derrière L'Etoile Studios and Burnet Editions in New York City.

Mehretu was recently the subject of a retrospective exhibition in Portugal and Spain, A Universal History of Everything and Nothing. In 2018, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art unveiled a monumental painting of Mehretu’s in two parts, which was commissioned by the museum for long-term installation in its main entrance lobby. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will open a major retrospective exhibition of her work in November of 2019. Mehretu has participated in numerous international exhibitions and biennials including most recently the Sharjah Biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, UAE (2015) and Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012).

Mehretu was born in 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was raised in Lansing, Michigan, where she completed high school and college. She received her MFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has received international recognition, including the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the prestigious MacArthur Fellows Award. In 2015 she was awarded the US Department of State Medal of Arts Award. Mehretu lives and works in New York and is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery.

Image credit: Julie Mehretu, Entropia (review), 2004, lithograph and screenprint 29 x 40 inches. Excavations: the Prints of Julie Mehretu is organized by Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis. 

Read this press release online: https://art.ua.edu/news/macarthur-genius-artist-to-exhibit-at-sarah-moody-gallery/

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is supported by The University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Art History. For further information, contact the gallery at 348-1891 or go to our website: https://art.ua.edu/gallery/smga/.

Garland Hall is a five-minute walk from the Campus Drive Parking Deck and Bus Hub on Hackberry Lane. Information about visitor parking is available here: http://bamaparking.ua.edu/visitor-information/

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, go here: https://art.ua.edu/academics/.

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