Cole Rogers gallery talk on the prints of Julie Mehretu

Cole Rogers, master printer and artistic director of the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, will discuss the prints of Julie Mehretu.

Rogers’ talk is cosponsored by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu was organized by Highpoint Editions and is on view at the Johnson now through October 31. It is the first comprehensive exhibition of prints produced by the artist thus far in her career. Mehretu is best known for her large-scale paintings and drawings, which layer maps, urban planning grids, and architectural renderings with whorls of abstract markings and bright shapes of color. In an essay in the accompanying catalogue, Walker Art Center curator Siri Engberg traces this visual vocabulary back to the artist’s graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design, where she first worked with intaglio printmaking and the necessity of breaking imagery down into component layers. Since that time, the artist has experimented with many processes, including chine collé, screenprinting, and lithography, completing collaborative projects at professional printmaking studios across the country, among them Highpoint Editions in Minneapolis, Crown Point Press in San Francisco, and Burnet Editions in New York. Today, printmaking is a vital part of Mehretu’s creative process. As Engberg notes, "The printshop has become a space for examining her body of work and excavating it to create new layers of visual and conceptual meaning."

The exhibition's presentation at the Johnson Museum was made possible by the Cornell Council for the Arts and the Department of Art.

Special thanks to Elisabeth Meyer, associate professor in art, for bringing the show to the museum’s attention and securing funding for it.