Isaac Julien: Artist's Talk

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Friday, March 31st, 2017

Friday, March 31, 20174:00PM - 6:00PMInnis Town Hall
Innis College
University of Toronto
2 Sussex Ave.
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CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series


This lecture was rescheduled from Jan. 23rd to March 31, 4-6 pm. Registration is not required for this event. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Isaac Julien is a Turner prize nominated artist and filmmaker. Earlier works include Young Soul Rebels (1991), which was awarded the Semaine de la Critique Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the acclaimed poetic documentary Looking for Langston (1989), and Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996). Julien has pioneered a form of multi-screen installations with works such as Western Union: Small Boats (2007), Ten Thousand Waves (2010), andPlaytime: Kapital (2014).

Julien was a participant in the 56th Biennale di Venezia, curated by Okwui Enwezor (2015). He has exhibited his work in major museums and institutions across the world including the nine screen of Ten Thousand Waves at Museum of Modern Art, New York, at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and more recently Playtime and Kapital at El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City. Julien’s work is included in the collections of institutions around the globe. In 2013, a monographic survey of his career to date, Riot, was published by MoMA, NY.

Julien is currently producing a new work that is a poetic meditation on aspects of the life and architecture of Lina Bo Bardi, entitled 7 Songs for Lina Bo Bardi. The first chapter of this work, Stones Against Diamonds was shown during 2015’s La Biennale di Venezia, Art Basel, and Art Basel Miami Beach. Julien was Chair of Global Art at University of Arts London (2014-2016), and is the recent recipient of the 83rd James Robert Brudner Memorial Prize and Lecture at Yale University (2016).


Stella Kyriakakis


Isaac Julien
artist and filmmaker

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of the United States


Cinema Studies Institute, Innis College

Women and Gender Studies Institute


Jackman Humanities Institute

Department of Art

Centre for the Study of the United States, at the Munk School of Global Affairs

Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

Master of Visual Studies, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design


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