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Isaac Julien in Focus

On-Site / Art in Context

Tuesday, August 2, 10am – 4pm


Isaac Julien at the Barnes Foundation (detail), 2022. Image © The Barnes Foundation

$170; members $153
(one-day workshop)

About the Class

This course explores the oeuvre of London-based artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, whose newest work is featured in our summer exhibition. Julien is known for his multichannel video installations that incorporate elements of dance, theatrics, sculpture, and poetry, resulting in immersive multimedia experiences that can be felt throughout the body. Most celebrated for his semi-biographical film Looking for Langston (1989), Julien often addresses themes of queerness, creolization, and cultural retention. This workshop takes place at the Barnes Foundation and includes access to Isaac Julien . . . Once Again (Statues Never Die).

Capacity: 50

Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class; please check Safety Guidelines regarding current masking information.


TK Smith

TK Smith is a Philadelphia-based curator, writer, and cultural historian. His curatorial projects include Roland Ayers: Calligraphy of Dreams, the 2021 Atlanta Biennial exhibition Virtual Remains, and Zipporah Camille Thompson: Looming Chaos. His writing has been published in Art in America and ART PAPERS, where he is a contributing editor. Smith was the invited inaugural writer at the Vashon Artist Residency in 2021 and a recipient of an Andy Warhol Writers Grant in 2022. Currently, he is a doctoral student in the History of American Civilization program at the University of Delaware.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?