Julie Mehretu and Jason Moran

Julie Mehretu (b. 1970, Ethiopia) is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship, the Newman Award in 2013, and a U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts in 2015. Mehretu holds an MFA from RISD, and lives and works in New York and Berlin.

Jazz pianist, composer, and visual artist Jason Moran (b. 1975, Houston, Texas) earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He was named Ford Foundation The Art of Change Fellow in 2017 with his wife and collaborator Alicia Hall Moran, a MacArthur Fellow in 2010, and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. Moran currently teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Moran has produced 11 albums and six film soundtracks, including scores for Ava DuVernay’s films Selma and 13th. He has collaborated with visual artists, including Joan Jonas, Adam Pendleton, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, Stan Douglas, Theaster Gates, among others. His work was featured in the 2015 Venice Biennale.