[Marxism] Julie Mehretu exhibit at Detroit Institute of Arts

Charles Brown charlesb at cncl.ci.detroit.mi.us
Mon Nov 19 10:08:17 MST 2007

Julie Mehretu exhibit at DIA
By Eric T. Campbell
The Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — With the grand reopening of the Detroit Institute of the Arts this month, Detroit triumphantly restores its cultural centerpiece to the art world. One of the premiere gallery exhibits is a series of paintings created by a young, talented and visionary artist whose presence in Detroit is also somewhat of a successful return. 

Julie Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but she spent the majority of her formative years in Michigan. Growing up in East Lansing, Mehretu remembers visiting the DIA and the Jazzfest when her father would have to take care of immigration formalities in Detroit. 

She received her Bachelor of Fine Art at Kalamazoo College before studying at the Cheik Anta Diop University in Senegal and the Rhode Island School of Design. 

Mehretu’s paintings explore the building up and tearing down of societies over large periods of time and what gets left behind. It’s a close look at the social experiments that occur within the world’s most densely populated areas as they rise and fall; a collage of faint architectural renderings set against modern, abstract brushstrokes. 

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