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Julie Mehretu and Gemini G.E.L. – GETTY CENTER

Sat May 11th, 2024 at 4:00PM


The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 4 pm – 5 pm

Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free | Advance ticket required

Julie Mehretu’s collaboration with Gemini G.E.L.—the acclaimed Los Angeles artists’ workshop and publisher of limited-edition prints—began in 2008 with a small, single-color drypoint. Now counting eighteen projects, her printmaking at Gemini has since evolved to multi-plate, richly colored works of monumental scale and remarkable technical complexity that push the limits of the medium.

This conversation, moderated by curator Naoko Takahatake, will explore the central place of printmaking in Mehretu’s creative practice, including reflections on the artist’s work at Gemini, her collaboration with master printer Case Hudson and his team, and her friendship with Gemini co-founder Sidney B. Felsen.

This program complements the Getty Research Institute exhibition First Came a Friendship: Sidney B. Felsen and the Artists at Gemini G.E.L., on view from February 20, 2024 through July 7, 2024. Exhibition galleries will be open before and after the program, and there will be a hosted reception from 6–7pm.

Julie Mehretu (b. 1970, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is a world-renowned painter who lives and works in New York City. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Award (2005) and a US Department of State Medal of Arts Award (2015). Mehretu’s work has been exhibited extensively in museums, biennials, and galleries and is represented in public and private collections. She has been making prints with Gemini G.E.L. since 2008.

Naoko Takahatake is director and chief curator of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and is the curator of the Getty exhibition First Came a Friendship: Sidney B. Felsen and the Artists at Gemini G.E.L.

The conversation will be available on the Getty Research Institute YouTube channel following the event.

Visit the Getty Research Institute’s Exhibitions and Events page for more free programs.

1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Get Directions)

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