Painter and Mills Alumna Elizabeth Murray Subject of Acclaimed Documentary

Oakland, CA—February 14, 2017

The character and art of the late Elizabeth Murray, who received her MFA from Mills College in 1964, has been captured in a new documentary narrated in part by Meryl Streep. Titled Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray, the one-hour film showcases the variety of the artist’s work and culminates in her 2006 retrospective at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Praising the film as “upbeat” and a “fine, yet too-short documentary,” a New York Times reviewer writes that it is nonetheless “underscored by a sense of just how much the art world lost when Murray left it.” The painter died at age 66 in 2007.

Murray’s colorful paintings are notable for their echoes of jigsaw puzzles, graffiti, pop art, and cartoons. They teeter between abstraction and representation, often depicting domestic objects and relationships. Murray’s work is featured in many collections, including the Walker Art Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.