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Art History Course Julie Mehretu: Agora Painter
Julie Mehretu has a long-standing interest in the concept of the agora, or public square, as a site of human action and interaction. This three-part course explores Mehretu’s work in relation to the concept of the agora and considers her practice against the traditions of history painting and the genre of landscape, both contested terrains with unique visual lineages and orientation towards a public.

The lectures examine the ways in which Mehretu constellates gestural mark-making, architectural rendering, cartography, and news media photography to create allegorical spaces that map histories, geopolitical entanglements, traumas, and communities. The sessions also contextualize Mehretu’s work through resonant art historical precedents and contemporary counterparts, such as the Hudson River School artists, An-My Lê, Siah Armajani, Cy Twombly, and Ian Cheng.

An open Q&A and discussion follows each session. Registrants can access on-demand course recordings for the duration of the course.
Apr 16, 2021 03:00 PM
Apr 23, 2021 03:00 PM
Apr 30, 2021 03:00 PM
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Xin Wang
Xin Wang is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a Ph.D. candidate in modern and contemporary art at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, focusing on Soviet hauntology in postmodernism. She has curated and lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her latest writings have appeared in Art in America, Art Agenda, and Mousse. She is currently planning an exhibition that explores Asian Futurisms for the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City.