Julie Mehretu was born in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970 and lives and works in New York City and Berlin. She received an MFA with honors from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. Mehretu is a recipient of many awards, including the MacArthur Award (2005), the Berlin Prize: Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at The American Academy in Berlin, Germany (2007), and the Barnet and Annalee Newman Award (2013). She has shown extensively in international and national exhibitions, including: Marian Goodman Gallery, NYC and Paris (2013); White Cube, London (2013); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin & Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC (2009); 5th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia; The Gesture and the Sign, White Cube, São Paulo (2013); documenta (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy (2011); New Order: Political Gesture and Exchange, White Cube, London (2011); On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, NYC (2010); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC (2004).
This ART 158 lecture series event took place January 15, 2014, in the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT. Made possible through the generous support of the Carmen Morton Christensen Endowment, the University of Utah Department of Art and Art History, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the College of Fine Arts, and ASUU.