HANDS ON: Julie Mehretu

The following activity ideas can be used to engage audiences in a hands-on approach to processing the ideas presented in the artist's film segment. They were compiled from our Educators' Guides and Screening Toolkits. Activities include not only visual art strategies but writing, research, and other disciplinary methods. Additional resources and strategies for teaching with films and working with contemporary art can be found in Teach.

"Stadia II," 2004. Ink and acrylic on canvas, 108 x 144 inches. Collection of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, Gift of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Nicolas Rohatyn, and A.W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund. Photo by Richard Stoner. © Julie Mehretu. Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery.

Research a specific location, in your neighborhood or elsewhere. Collect photographs that document a change in that place over time. Use layering and tracing to build an image that reflects this history but becomes increasingly abstract, with successive layers. Write a statement that reflects on the process of visually representing a history.

SEGMENT: Julie Mehretu in "Systems"

Create a drawing that incorporates both additive and subtractive marks, as a way to represent the transformations of a particular room, public space, or element in nature, over time.

"Dispersion," 2002. Ink and acrylic on canvas, 90 x 144 inches. Collection of Nicolas Rohatyn and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Photo by Erma Estwick. © Julie Mehretu. Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery.