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Excavating the Layers: Julie Mehretu

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College presents the solo exhibition Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu, as well as a selection of six of Mehretu’s paintings and drawings from the collection of alumna Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn ’89 and her husband Nicolas Rohatyn, from April 13 to June 17, 2012. Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn will deliver a lecture during the exhibition opening on April 13.

Siri Engberg, curator at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and guest curator of the exhibition, noted in her essay for the show’s catalogue: “The print shop has become a space for examining her body of work and excavating it to create new layers of visual and conceptual meaning.” For Mehretu, these layers signify the multiple systems people experience every day—home, community, society, nature, weather, and the world at large, and their place within order and chaos.

The artist’s work is represented in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She is the recipient of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and American Academy in Berlin fellowships.

Posted Monday, April 9, 2012