San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Commission by Julie Mehretu ’92

Image of Julie Mehretu at work; courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery; © Julie Mehretu; photo: Tom Powel Imaging, Inc.

Opening Labor Day weekend, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will debut a commission by Kalamazoo College alumna, Julie Mehretu, in the museum’s Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium as part of its free, art-filled public space. Mehretu’s HOWL, eon (I, II) (2017) is an expansive exploration of the American West — its transcendent landscapes and violent colonial history. Created as part of SFMOMA’s new art commissioning program, this site-specific diptych’s two vast abstract canvases, each measuring 27 by 32 feet, flank the main staircase in the soaring Haas, Jr. Atrium, which is freely accessible to the public.

On Thursday, September 14, Ms. Mehretu will discuss the commission in an Artist Talk in the Phyllis Wattis Theater at SFMOMA. Tickets are $15 ($13 for members).

Ms. Mehretu is a 1992 Kalamazoo College graduate and she was the 2007 recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

We hope K alumni and friends living in the greater San Francisco area can take advantage of this opportunity to hear a fellow alumna speak about her passion for art while viewing her extraordinary work.