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World Premiere Screening: Julie Mehretu: Palimpsest

June 17–20, 2021

Julie Mehretu: Palimpsest, a new feature documentary by Checkerboard Film Foundation, follows the artist as she prepares for her mid-career survey Julie Mehretu, currently on view at the Whitney and co-organized with the Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art. The film traces Mehretu’s preparations for the exhibition, leading up to the installation and realization of the survey at LACMA in 2019. The artist offers extensive commentary on her work, her process, and the chronology of her career, from her graduate work at RISD (1996–97) to her current expansive multi-layered canvases.

The screening is introduced by Rujeko Hockley, Arnhold Associate Curator and co-curator of Julie Mehretu, and Checkerboard Film Foundation President Edgar Howard. Advance registrants will receive an individual link via email to access the premiere screening on June 17 at 8 pm. The film will then be available for registrants to stream on-demand from June 18 through 20.

Checkerboard Film Foundation is a nonprofit educational institution established in 1979 to document artists who are making unique and important contributions to the American arts. Checkerboard has produced over 70 films on influential painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, and writers.

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All visitors aged 12 and older must show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for admission to the Whitney, in accordance with NYC requirements. Visitors aged 18 and older will also be asked to show photo ID. Face coverings are required for all visitors. Learn more about the Whitney’s safety guidelines.