Artist Talk

Julie Mehretu

Related Exhibition Julie Mehretu, Part of Artist Talks

Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:30 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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Image of Julie Mehretu at work; courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery; © Julie Mehretu; photo: Tom Powel Imaging, Inc.

HOWL, eon (I, II) (2017), examines the complex legacy of nineteenth-century westward expansion, including the Bay Area’s deeply embedded histories of colonialism, capitalism, class conflict, social protest, and technological innovation. The work’s layered tangles of abstract marks and erasures reflect a landscape that is continually reshaped by physical movement and struggle, reminding us of the conjoined genealogies of chaos, exploitation, and hope in the making of the American West. This spectacular new site-specific work, created for the soaring Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium, is part of SFMOMA’s new art commissioning program.

Join us this fall for a conversation between the artist and Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, about this large-scale commission, on view starting September 2, 2017.


Julie Mehretu Artist Talk

Julie Mehretu, in conversation with curator Gary Garrels, looks back at the multiyear process during which she produced HOWL, eon (I, II), a large-scale painting across two canvases commissioned for the atrium, which is freely accessible to the public.