Fresh Talk: Beyond the Wall with Women Muralists

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This event has been postponed to April 30, 2023. Join us next spring for a conversation about the ways women muralists highlight issues of social change.

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Sunday, Sep 25, 2022
4:30 to 6 pm

Tickets and Reservations

This event has been postponed to April 30, 2023.

Event Location

A venue in Washington, DC to be announced.

Event Description

Beyond the Wall

This event has been postponed to April 30, 2023.

Murals and graffiti art add color and vibrancy to a wide variety of public spaces. In addition to their visual beauty, these artworks have the power to highlight issues of social change. How can women muralists harness this potential? How are the perspectives of women and nonbinary people a necessary force in this medium? Join us for a conversation with Washington, D.C.-based artist MISS CHELOVE and mixed-media artist Nekisha Durrett.

About the Artists

Cita Sadeli, also known as MISS CHELOVE, is an independent Washington D.C.-based art director, muralist, designer, and illustrator. MISS CHELOVE’s creative output is informed by her multicultural background rooted in the tropical mysticism of Java, Indonesia, and her formative years growing up in the punk, go-go, and graffiti-fueled streets of ’80s/’90s Washington, D.C. Currently, MISS CHELOVE’s practice is focused on mural projects around the world. When not scaling walls, she collaborates with communities and clients such as Adobe, the Afropunk and Trillectro Music Festivals, &Pizza, Apple, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Patagonia, the Phillips Collection, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Nekisha Durrett is a mixed-media artist who employs the visual language of mass media to bring forward the unsung histories of objects, places, and words. Her expansive practice includes public art, social practice, installation, murals, painting, sculpture, and design. Recent installations include a solar-powered sculpture that evokes the history of Washington, D.C.’s landscape and architecture; a public sculpture made in collaboration with artist Hank Willis Thomas in Miami, Florida; and a permanent installation in the newly renovated Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Washington, D.C. Her series Magnolia (2021), comprising leaves perforated with the names of women murdered by law enforcement, was exhibited at Marymount University’s Cody Gallery and at the Atlanta Biennial.

This program will take place in person. Registration required. The conversation will also be available via livestream at

Women, Arts, and Social Change is a public programs initiative that highlights the power of women and the arts as catalysts for change. Fresh Talk, the initiative’s signature program, features cause-driven conversations with leading artists, designers, activists, social innovators, and others.


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