Julie Mehretu and the Art of Ending Mass Incarceration



Dear Friends,

Art for Justice Fund invests in artists and policy advocates who are ending mass incarceration and the racial bias that drives it. Our community is working to root the nation in restorative justice and shared safety, so families stay together, and people are treated with dignity and compassion.

We’re 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.



Online program includes discussions with Julie Mehretu, Agnes Gund and Darren Walker and others and unveiling of Julie’s piece, which she is donating to the Art for Justice.


  • Julie Mehretu, visual artist
  • Agnes Gund, founder, Art for Justice Fund
  • Catherine Gund, governing board member, Art for Justice Fund
  • Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation
  • Emily-Jane Kirwan, executive director, Marian Goodman Gallery
  • Helena Huang, project director, Art for Justice Fund
  • Pamela Joyner, art collector and Art for Justice Fund founding donor
  • Rhiannon Giddens, Grammy award winning artist
  • Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator, Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Sherrill Roland, interdisciplinary artist
  • Syrita Steib, founder and executive director, Operation Restoration


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.