London, 1977. A year of nascent punk rock explosion and the rebirth of soul. Pirate DJs and the Queen’s Jubilee. Love on the run and racist skinheads on the prowl. YOUNG SOUL REBELS—an early feature by Isaac Julien—is part-thriller, part-musical, and a groundbreaking exemplar of the New Queer Cinema movement of the 1990s.
Starring Mo Sesay, Valentine Nonyela, Jason Durr, and Sophie Okonedo, the film screens this week in Westwood as part of the Outfest UCLALegacy Project Screening Series.
At LACMA this weekend, join CharlesGaines, writers and scholars Jennifer González, ShelleenGreene, Ariel Osterweis, B. Ruby Rich, JeffreyStewart, and SarahThornton, curator MarkNash, and LACMA‘s Naima J. Keith and Christine Y. Kim for a daylong symposium of screenings and panel discussions celebrating the work of Isaac Julien—who will be in attendance.
Among the complete works to be presented are PLAYTIME, LESSONS OF THE HOUR—FREDERICKDOUGLASS, WESTERN UNION: SMALL BOATS, and a 30th anniversary screening of LOOKING FORLANGSTON, Julien’s film about Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.
Excerpts from KAPITAL and TEN THOUSAND WAVES will also be shown.
Isaac Julien’s LESSONS OF THE HOUR—FREDERICK DOUGLASS is a ten-screen film installation—shot in 35mm and 4K digital—exploring the life and work of the American orator and abolitionist.
The exhibition includes original tintype portraits, color photographs, found archival images, and an assemblage of black and white analog photographs related to Julien’s film Who Killed ColinRoach?(1983).
The film’s score was composed by Paul Gladstone Reid.
From top: Isaac Julien, Lessons of the Hour (still), 2019, courtesy the artist, Metro Pictures, New York, and Victoria Miro, London and Venice; Rob Ball, stills and tintype photographs for Lessons of the Hour by Isaac Julien (2).
GROUNDINGS, organized by Grace Deveney and Tara Aisha Willis, explores movement—seen and unseen—through a series of residencies with artists who work in dance, music, and performance art. The exhibition considers the reciprocal influence between bodies in motion and the invisible forces that govern movement, such as gravity, time, and electricity.
Over the run of GROUNDINGS, performers will hold open rehearsals in which they create performances and physical objects that speak to the themes of the exhibition.