Julie Mehretu’s City Sitings
I just wanted to link this New York Times article that details on how world-class Beaux Arts-style museum in Detroit city is in the process of unerasing from its former ruin and remolding itself in the hope of attracting new visitors.
It is a story embedded in Diego Rivera’s renowned frescoes “Detroit Industry” (1932-33) at the Detroit Institute of Arts where the the Mexican muralist made murals celebrating workers as the engine of assembly-line production — of cars as well as weapons, airplanes, chemicals and vaccines — in a cycle of frescoes covering four walls of an interior courtyard.
Julie Mehretu, an Ethiopian-American artist whose personal history entwined with the exhibtion, is addressing Detroit by creating works adjacent to the Rivera frescoes in tandem with the opening of the museum.
As it was stated in the article, born in Ethiopia to an American mother and Ethiopian father who is an economic geographer, Julie lived the immigrant’s experience when her family moved in the late 1970s to East Lansing for her father’s teaching position at Michigan State University. She was 7 years old.
It is very refreshing over there to hear postive news about a people whose roots are from here. Find out more at the NYT.