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10/14, Lessons of the Hour: Isaac Julien
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Nancy Tubbs

October 07, 2020    

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents:

Lessons of the Hour: Isaac Julien

October 14, 2020 - March 13, 2021, San Francisco CA


On view October 14, 2020 - March 13, 2021 at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 'Lessons of the Hour' is a ten-screen immersive film installation and photography exhibition by British artist Isaac Julien that explores the life of the visionary African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Incorporating excerpts of his speeches and dramatizations of his private and public milieus, the film "Lessons of the Hour - Frederick Douglass" (2019) offers a contemplative, poetic journey into Douglass' zeitgeist and a forceful suggestion that the lessons of the abolitionist's hour have yet to be learned. Admission is free. McEvoy Arts is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm.

Acclaimed for the spatial experiences of his film and photographic installations, Julien invites spectators to actively interpret his open-ended narratives through a physical and sensorial immersion. "Lessons'" narrative unfolds across multiple screens of different sizes, hung salon-style, to create what Julien describes as a "moving image montage" that realizes Douglass as the professional orator, the photography advocate, and the man affirming his struggle for equality as a global citizen. Historical figures from Susan B. Anthony to the African American photographer J.P. Ball are included as representatives of equality that affirm an intersectional approach to the struggle for human rights.

At a time of renewed national interest in Douglass' legacy, McEvoy Arts presents the West Coast premiere of "Lessons" and an installation of Julien's photographs of the film's subjects, as well as a complementary grouping of works from the McEvoy Family Collection. The exhibition includes the resonant daily video program 'New Labor Movements' and a series of online talks that further consider the ideas, people, and histories explored in the exhibition.

McEvoy Arts' top priority is the health and well-being of our visitors and staff. Find more safety and reservation information available at

October 14, 2020 - March 13, 2021

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
1150 25th St., Building B
San Francisco CA, 94107

Free with timed-entry reservation.

Phone: 415-580-7605
Contact: McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

About McEvoy Foundation for the Arts:
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents exhibitions and events that engage, expand, and challenge themes present in the McEvoy Family Collection. Rooted in the creative legacies of the San Francisco Bay Area, McEvoy Arts embodies a far-reaching vision of the McEvoy Family Collection's potential to facilitate and engage conversations on the practice of contemporary art. Admission is free.
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