The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Sunday, January 24, 2021

Isaac Julien appointed Distinguished Professor of the Arts at UC Santa Cruz
Internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker will open the Isaac Julien Lab for UC Santa Cruz graduate students © Graeme Robertson.

SANTA CRUZ, CA.- Isaac Julien, renowned artist notable for his complex, politically charged, and visually arresting installations, has accepted the position of distinguished professor of the arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He joins the UC Santa Cruz arts faculty along with his partner and collaborator, acclaimed curator and art critic, Mark Nash, who was recently appointed professor of the arts at the university.

Julien and Nash are developing the Isaac Julien Lab at the UC Santa Cruz campus which will provide students with a way to engage in a range of artistic disciplines, drawing upon moving and still images to create visual and sonic languages for production, exhibition and installation. It is being designed as a mirror for Julien’s London studio and students enrolled in the program will also spend an academic quarter in London.

“The Arts Division, along with the entire campus community, enthusiastically welcome Isaac and Mark and look forward to collaborating with them,” said Interim Dean of the Arts Division, Edward C. Warburton, adding that “these hires reinforce our belief that the arts have a role in innovating new models of research, scholarship and production."

Students in the program will assist Julien in project research, producing moving image and photographic works in both locations (Santa Cruz and London) and consider archive sampling, remixing and reproduction as integral parts of the creative process.

“We have an affinity for UC Santa Cruz,” says Julien, “that began in the 1990s when Mark and I were here making the film Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask in partnership with colleagues in the History of Consciousness program. We have always carried that spirit in our work so when we were approached to be on faculty, it felt like a homecoming of sorts. In fact, we have long admired the scholarship at UC Santa Cruz and were inspired by the vision of a laboratory model for artistic research and production which UC Santa Cruz is pioneering.”

Julien’s Playtime at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
On May 5 through August 11, 2019, Julien’s film Playtime will be on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and stars actors Maggie Cheung, James Franco, Colin Salmon, auctioneer Simon de Pury, and others in a captivating critique of the influence of capital on the art market. Playtime has been exhibited at Fort Mason, San Francisco (2017), Platform-L Contemporary Arts Center, Seoul (2017); and Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2016); as well as other venues around the world.

On Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2019, LACMA and UC Santa Cruz are hosting a symposium featuring the screening of Julien’s award-winning Looking for Langston, which shot him into prominence in the film and art worlds. The film is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. A discussion with Isaac Julien and B. Ruby Rich, UC Santa Cruz professor of social documentation and film, will follow the screening.

There also will be a full day of talks and panels, bringing art and film scholars, theorists and artists into conversation about Julien’s work, its influences, and how its impact is felt in contemporary art, film and theory. Screenings will include Kapital, Western Union Small Boats, and Julien’s new film about Frederick Douglass, Lessons of the Hour.

Isaac Julien (United Kingdom, b. 1960) was born and raised in London’s East End to parents from the Caribbean island-nation of St. Lucia. He co-founded Sankofa Film and Video Collective, a group committed to liberating the aesthetics of black independent film, in 1983, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Film from London’s Central Saint Martins School of Art in 1984. In 1989 he completed a postdoctoral degree at Les Entrepreneurs de l’Audiovisuel Européen in Brussels and premiered his award-winning art documentary Looking for Langston (1989), a poetic exploration of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, which gained him a cult following and international recognition as a pioneer in queer black cinema. His subsequent films, including Young Soul Rebels (1991), Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996), BaadAsssss Cinema (2002), and Derek (2008) integrate aspects of dance, theater, history, painting, and sculpture while also invoking Hollywood and Blaxploitation films.

Julien has explored wider globalized perspectives in moving-image installations with works such as Stones Against Diamonds (2015), produced in the remote glacial caves of the Icelandic tundra, and Ten Thousand Waves (2010), shot in Shanghai with an entirely Chinese cast and crew. Ten Thousand Waves was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2013, accompanied by Riot, a publication surveying Julien’s life and work. Julien featured prominently at the 56th and 57th Venice Biennales, directing a major durational performance, Das Kapital Oratorio, in 2015, and participating in the inaugural Diaspora Pavilion in 2017.

Julien’s recent work Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass premiered at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester and at Metro Pictures in New York, and will be at the Yale Center for British Art beginning in October, 2019.

Julien’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Kramlich Collection, San Francisco; Tate, London; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; and Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town. He has held multiple academic positions, including Chair of Global Art at University of the Arts London (2014–16) and Professor of Media Art at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany (2008–16). Among his numerous honors, Julien was awarded the title Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017, and named Royal Academician in 2018.

Today's News

March 29, 2019

Claremont Rug Company Orchestrates the Marriage of Antique Oriental Rugs, Fine Art and Furniture (Part 2)

Sotheby's to present 'Artists for the Hammer Museum' this May in New York

From outrage to icon: Paris marks 30 years of Louvre's pyramid

Norway's Kon-Tiki museum agrees to return Easter Island items

Phillips announces a sale of property from the archives of Edition Schellmann

Ultra-rare one-owner Machine Man robot commands $86,100 at Morphy's $1.9M Toy & Doll Auction

Timothy Taylor opens an exhibition of fifteen Leon Kossoff drawings selected from the artist's studio

New Stanley Spencer show marks 60th anniversary of his death

Monumental installation by Yinka Shonibare presented in the Speed Art Museum's historic art library

After Putin in bullets, artist paints Ukraine president in sweet wrappers

Springfield Art Museum acquires Racela Cuban Print Collection

Isaac Julien appointed Distinguished Professor of the Arts at UC Santa Cruz

Veteran auction house executives form powerhouse partnership

Denny Dimin Gallery opens a new exhibition space located in Hong Kong

Clayton Vomero's new film has official world premiere at CPH:DOX

Donna Huanca opens her first solo exhibition in Scandinavia at Copenhagen Contemporary

Black and white portrait wins people's choice award in this year's National Photographic Portrait Prize

Ancient Resource Auctions announces an online-only Antiquities Discovery Sale

Art ambition: Hong Kong battles Beijing as dreams for culture soar

USC Pacific Asia Museum appoints Dr. Bethany Montagano as new museum Director

19th century rarities, bubble gum sets and unopened wax anchor Heritage's Trading Card auction

H&H Classics to offer two great British sports cars

Italy's La Scala to open conservatory in Saudi Arabia

Choosing a Canvas Print Provider

How River Sweepstakes Software can help your marketing

The Art of Wedding Photography

Cultural Activities to Enhance Your Life

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful