Julie Mehretu and the Art of Ending Mass Incarceration



Dear Friends,

Art for Justice is thrilled to come into conversation with Julie Mehretu on how art and artists can end our carceral system – from policing to extreme sentencing. Julie will also unveil a new painting she is graciously donating to support Art for Justice. The multi-faceted event will also feature Art for Justice founder Agnes Gund, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and others and a performance by Grammy Award winner Rhiannon Giddens.

Thanks to the Marian Goodman Gallery for its generous partnership in this effort.

Come celebrate Julie’s alchemic act of turning art into justice. Together, we can transform our criminal legal system and secure a healthy and safe future for all.

Download the full program, including participant bios, here.



It Takes Artists, Advocates and Allied Donors

Helena Huang, project director, Art for Justice Fund

Love and Gratitude to Julie Mehretu

Agnes Gund, founder, Art for Justice Fund

Exploring Change, Erasure and Renewal

Pamela Joyner, collector and philanthropist

Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

Reimagining Justice, Healing and Repair

Julie Mehretu, artist

Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation

Turning Art into Justice

Emily-Jane Kirwan, executive director, Marian Goodman Gallery

Making an Impact

Sherrill Roland, interdisciplinary artist

Syrita Steib, founder and executive director, Operation Restoration

Building Safe and Healthy Communities

Catherine Gund, Governing Board, Art for Justice Fund

Hear My Song

Rhiannon Giddens, Grammy award winning musician


Wednesday, May 26th


8:00 pm EST / 5:00 pm PST (60 minutes)


For more information, please:
email us at events1@artforjusticefund.org,
visit our website at www.artforjusticefund.org and
follow us at @Art4JusticeFund

Artwork by the Fund’s grantee partners (left to right) Anastasia Pelias (inspired by Syrita Steib), Jesse Krimes and Titus Kaphar.