About the Exhibit

Kresge Art Museum is privileged to exhibit recent drawings by Julie Mehretu, whose paintings are featured currently at the Detroit Institute of Arts as their inaugural special exhibition in the newly reopened museum. Mehretu was born in Ethiopia and grew up in East Lansing where her father is on the MSU faculty. She has lived in New York, Rhode Island, Addis Ababa, Dakar, and Berlin and currently is in residence in mid-Michigan. Her work has been featured internationally including at the Whitney Biennial and Carnegie International and she is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (2005) and Joan Mitchell Foundation grant.

About the Artist

Mehretu has been described as a truly global artist whose large, abstract paintings explore issues of mobility, social organization, political entanglement, and global competition. The vocabularies of maps, urban planning, and architectural forms join together in her densely layered paintings and drawings. She draws, erases, and redraws details on top of the architectural layers in her paintings. Her drawings are preparatory to her large paintings, and sometimes interim between paintings. The drawings on view are from 2007.

Scheduled Programming

Lecture: Julie Mehretu
February 5, 2008
118 Psychology, 7 p.m.

Part of the Art & Art History Department's Guest Lecture Series.

Friends of KAM Fundraiser:
Meet Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin at Their Studio

February 7, 2008
Address provided upon reservation, Okemos, MI, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Julie Mehretu is an internationally-known artist who spent much of her childhood in East Lansing. Her work is currently featured at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and she was the recipient of a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship. Jessica Rankin's work is also widely known, with a 2006 exhibition at P.S. 1 in New York.

Mehretu and Rankin share a 7,500 square foot studio in Okemos. This open studio was an extraordinary opportunity to view work in progress by these world-renowned artists. View photos from the open studio event.