University of Rochester

EVENT: Two Days of Programs with Filmmaker Isaac Julien Reveal his Artistry

November 3, 2005

Renowned film- and video-maker and artist Isaac Julien will speak at the annual Craig Owens Memorial Lecture at the University of Rochester on Thursday, Nov. 17, coupled with a showing of two of his films the day before at George Eastman House.

Like last year's Owens lecturer, famed choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, Julien will present films—The Attendant (1993) and Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996)—at the Dryden Theatre of Eastman House at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. A conversation between the filmmaker and Douglas Crimp, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and acting director of the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University, will follow.

The Owens lecture, titled "Cinematic Rearticulations," is free and open to the public. It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons on the University's River Campus. Admission to the films and conversation with Julien are free to University of Rochester faculty, students, and staff with ID; $6 for the general public, $5 for other students with ID, and $4 for Eastman House members. The Dryden Theatre is located at 900 East Ave.

These events are also part of the yearlong programming series organized by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies and the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies on Visual Culture & the African Diaspora.

Born and based in London, Julien co-founded the black film and video collective Sankofa in 1983, with whom he made Territories (1984) and The Passion of Remembrance (1986). He came to international prominence in 1989 with his documentary meditation on Langston Hughes, Looking for Langston.

Julien's feature film Young Soul Rebels (1991), which won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival, was screened as part of the FDI/VCS series last month. He also has made documentaries for television, including The Darker Side of Black (1994), Frantz Fanon, and BaadAsssss Cinema (2002).

In the late 1990s, he began working with film and video installation. His work in this format includes The Long Road to Mazatlán (2000), Paradise Omeros (2002), Baltimore (2003), True North (2004), and Fantôme Créole (2005). Major exhibitions of Julien's work have been held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the MIT List Center for the Visual Arts, Bard College, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal.

Julien was a recipient of the prestigious Wexner Prize in 1996, was nominated for the Turner Prize to a British artist under 50 for outstanding work, and won the MIT Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts in 2001. He also was recognized with the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunstfilm Biennale in Cologne in 2003. As a visiting lecturer, Julien has presented at Harvard University and at the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. He is a research fellow at Goldsmiths College of the University of London, and a trustee of the Serpentine Gallery in London.

The Owens lecture was created in memory of Craig Owens, who died of complications resulting from AIDS in 1990. He taught in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester from 1988 to 1990, and was one of the founders of the doctoral program in Visual and Cultural Studies.

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