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10/15, Isaac Julien and Leila Weefur in Conversation
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Nancy Tubbs

October 14, 2020    

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents:

Isaac Julien and Leila Weefur in Conversation

Thursday, Oct 15, 12-1pm Pacific time, Online via Zoom


McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents 'Isaac Julien and Leila Weefur in Conversation' an online event in celebration of the artists' concurrent exhibitions opening October 14, 2020. 'Lessons of the Hour,' Julien's immersive film and photographic exhibition on the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass and Weefur's 'New Labor Movement' a series of short films that explore contemporary visions of America and concepts of transnational Blackness work in tandem to explore questions of identity, justice, history, and image-making in the film installation. These moving-image and time-based artworks visualize multiple temporalities at once and bridge the gap between lessons of the inevitable past and the possibilities of the expectant future.

Leila Weefur (She/They/He) is a trans-gender-nonconforming artist, writer, and curator whose work in video and installation brings together concepts of the sensorial memory, abject Blackness, hyper surveillance, and the erotic. Isaac Julien, CBE RA (b. 1960) is an artist, filmmaker, and educator whose multi-screen film installations and photographs incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language.

This conversation takes place on October 15, 2020 and is moderated by Greg Niemeyer, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Media Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, This event is co-produced by McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Berkeley Arts + Design. Admission is free with registration. Both exhibitions are on view at McEvoy Arts from October 14, 2020 - March 13, 2021. McEvoy Arts is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm.

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The media partner for Lessons of the Hour is frieze Magazine.

Thursday, Oct 15, 12-1pm Pacific time

Online via Zoom


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. [/img]
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