Albright-Knox hosts first of series of talks with internationally renowned filmmaker Isaac Julien


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A crowd at Albright-Knox art gallery viewed a series of Isaac Julien’s work, including Western Union: Small Boats (2007)

Dan Almasi, Executive Editor

Globally renowned installation artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien’s illustrious career was sparked by a fire that burned down his East London home when he was a teenager. He and his mother were displaced to a diverse area of London home to many artists. Here, he mingled with locals in neighborhood bars and developed a great appreciation for art.

Julien shared a brief story of the people, places and things that have inspired his award-winning works with a full auditorium at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Thursday evening. He also prefaced and explained the inspirations behind four of his short abstract films – Free North (2004), Western Union: Small Boats (2007), 10,000 Waves (2010), and Playtime (2014). Western Union: Small Boats was a featured installation at Albright-Knox in 2011.

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University at Buffalo arts professor Jonathan Katz (left) curated a discussion with film artist Isaac Julien (right) at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Julien is a gay, black LGBTQ activist whose fearless, visually striking works explore a wide range of contemporary social and environmental issues.

His Albright-Knox visit was the first part of WBFO’s Visiting Scholar in the Arts series; Julien will speak at three other similar events in March while he teaches a master class at University at Buffalo:

March 3, 2017

8:00 p.m.

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue

Screening of Baltimore (2003), Playtime (2013), and Western Union: small boats (2007)

March 9, 2017

4 – 6:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts, U.B. North Campus

Screening of Isaac Julien’s films This is Not an AIDS Advertisement (1987); Looking For Langston (1989); Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996)

March 27, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts, U.B. North Campus

Isaac Julien will screen the Master Class’ final project, followed by a talk with Julien and students involved in the project.

All events are free and open to the public.

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