No. 417: Julie Mehretu, Gold Rush Daguerreotypes

Episode No. 417 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Julie Mehretu and curator Jane Aspinwall.


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This weekend, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens “Julie Mehretu,” a mid-career survey. The exhibition will include approximately 40 paintings and 40 works on paper from the first 25 years of Mehretu’s career. After closing at LACMA on March 22, 2020, “Mehretu” will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center. The exhibition was curated by LACMA’s Christine Y. Kim and the Whitney’s Rujeko Hockley. The handsome exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $65.

An exhibition of six new Mehretu aquatints opens at Los Angeles’s Gemini G.E.L. on November 1. It will remain on view through January 10, 2020.

Mehretu was previously a guest on the program in 2016 and in 2013.

On the second segment, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art curator Jane L. Aspinwall discusses her new exhibition “Golden Prospects: California Gold Rush Daguerreotypes.” The show argues that the Gold Rush was the first “broadly significant event in American history” to be broadly documented in substantial depth by photography. It includes rich images of San Francisco and of the Sierra foothills transformed by miners in pursuit of gold. It’s on view in Kansas City through January 26, 2020, and will travel to the Yale University Art Gallery. The fantastic exhibition catalogue was published by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $47.

Air date: October 31, 2019.

Julie Mehretu, Conjured Parts (eye), 2016.

Théodore Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa, 1818-19.

Eugene Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, 1830.

JMW Turner, The Slave Ship, 1840.

Caravaggio, The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew, ca. 1599-1600.

Julie Mehretu, Retopistics: A Renegade Excavation, 2001.

Julie Mehretu, Invisible Line (collective), 2010-2011.

Julie Mehretu, Epigraph, Damascus, 2016.

Julie Mehretu, Of Other Planes of There (S.R.), 2018-19.

Rembrandt, The Three Trees, 1643,

Senga Nengudi, Performance Piece, 1978.

Julie Mehretu, Migration Direction Map, 1996.

Julie Mehretu, Hineni (E. 3:4), 2018.

Jacob Shew, Portrait of a girl, ca. 1856-58.

Robert H. Vance, Woman in mourning with child, ca. 1855.

Robert H. Vance, VIew of Sacramento Street, San Francisco, Calif., ca. 1854-56.

George H. Johnson, Riverbed mining, Grizzly Flats, El Dorado County, Calif., ca. 1851-52.

George H. Johnson, California gold miners with rocker and sluice, ca. 1850.

Attributed to George H. Johnson, California gold miners with rocker and sluice, ca. 1850.

Unknown maker, Portrait of a Chinese woman with daguerreotype, ca. 1850.

Joseph Starkweather, Auburn Ravine, 1852.

Joseph Starkweather, Spanish Flat, ca. 1852.

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