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1/19, Isaac Julien and Deborah Willis in Conversation
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Nancy Tubbs

January 11, 2021    

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents:

Isaac Julien and Deborah Willis in Conversation

Tue, Jan 19, 12-1pm Pacific time, Online via Zoom; via McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

MORE INFO: https://www.mcevoyarts.org/event/isaac-julien-and-deborah-willis-in-conversation/


McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and Aperture presents an online conversation between photographic scholar Deborah Willis and filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien on the occasion of the West Coast premiere of Julien's immersive, ten-screen film installation "Lessons of the Hour-Frederick Douglass" (2019) at McEvoy Arts. Attendance is free with registration.

Willis, a leading scholar in the investigation and recovery of the legacy of African American photography and Julien will take Frederick Douglass' interest in photography's capacity for representation beyond caricature and its potential as a tool for racial justice as the point of departure for this wide-ranging conversation. Their shared interest in the concept of the photographic archive, extending back to Julien's landmark work "Looking for Langston" (1989), will further illuminate the utopian values and ideas that Douglass and his contemporaries shared.

Resulting from Julien's preparatory research into photographic history at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY, the ten-screen film installation Lessons of the Hour prominently features Douglass' influential relationship to J.P. Ball, the pioneering nineteenth-century African American photographer. Ball, who is celebrated as a key, overlooked figure in the history of the medium, is the subject of Willis' monograph J.P. Ball: Daguerrean and Studio Photographer (Routledge, 1993) and featured in Willis' forthcoming The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Leadership (NYU Press, January 2021).

Lessons of the Hour is on view at McEvoy Arts through March 13, 2021. Admission is free. Please visit mcevoyarts.org/visit for the most up-to-date admissions information.

DATE/TIME:
Tue, Jan 19, 12-1pm Pacific time

LOCATION:
Online via Zoom; via McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
415-580-7605
https://www.mcevoyarts.org

COST/TICKETS/REGISTRATION:
Online event, free with registration.
https://www.mcevoyarts.org/event/isaac-julien-and-deborah-willis-in-conversation/

MORE INFO:
Website: https://www.mcevoyarts.org/event/isaac-julien-and-deborah-willis-in-conversation/
Email: info@mcevoyarts.org
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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