Julie Mehretu becomes third artist to join Whitney board

Julie Mehretu becomes third artist to join Whitney board

Artist Julie Mehretu has been appointed to the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the museum announced Tuesday, making her the third artist trustee in the Whitney’s history and one of seven new members to join the board over the past year. Mehretu joins artist Fred Wilson on the board; Chuck Close, who died in August, was the first artist to be a trustee. The museum recently presented the most comprehensive survey to date of Mehretu’s career, which took over the entire fifth floor (now occupied by the work of Jasper Johns). Mehretu, who is Black, joins the board at a time when cultural institutions all over the country are making a concerted effort to diversify their leadership, staffs and programming. In addition, the Whitney has been healing from a rift with artists over the business interests of the museum’s former vice chairman, Warren
Artist Julie Mehretu has been appointed to the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the museum announced Tuesday, making her the third artist trustee in the Whitney’s history and one of seven new members to join the board over the past year. Mehretu joins artist Fred Wilson on the board; Chuck Close, who died in August, was the first artist to be a trustee. The museum recently presented the most comprehensive survey to date of Mehretu’s career, which took over the entire fifth floor (now occupied by the work of Jasper Johns). Mehretu, who is Black, joins the board at a time when cultural institutions all over the country are making a concerted effort to diversify their leadership, staffs and programming. In addition, the Whitney has been healing from a rift with artists over the business interests of the museum’s former vice chairman, Warren