Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die)
June 19 – September 4, 2022
An immersive video installation by the artist and filmmaker.
About the Exhibition
In celebration of our centennial, the Barnes has commissioned Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die), an immersive five-screen film installation by artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, CBE RA (b. London, 1960). The work will explore the close relationship of Dr. Albert C. Barnes, our founder and an early US collector and exhibitor of African material culture, and Alain Locke, cultural theorist and “Father of the Harlem Renaissance."
This poetic piece will shed light on Barnes and Locke’s decades-long relationship and critical dialogue and its influence on their work as cultural critics, educators, organizers, and activists on behalf of African American causes.
With his distinguished career as a maker of deeply thoughtful and compelling video installations, his sustained commitment to the investigation of African diasporic politics and culture, and his abiding interest in the Harlem Renaissance, Isaac Julien is the perfect partner for the Barnes in sharing this important but lesser-known chapter of our institutional history with a broad audience.
This exhibition is made possible by Agnes Gund, Emily and Mike Cavanagh, Marjorie Ogilvie and Miller Parker, Brenda A. and Larry D. Thompson, Darrell and Melenese Ford, and Ronald Blaylock.
Generous support for exhibitions comes from the Christine and Michael Angelakis Exhibition Fund, the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Christine and George Henisee Exhibition Fund, and Aileen and Brian Roberts.
In addition, support for all exhibitions comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:
Joan Carter and John Aglialoro, Julia and David Fleischner, Leigh and John Middleton, Jeanette and Joe Neubauer
John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, N. Judith Broudy, Laura and Bill Buck, Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Penelope P. Harris, Jones & Wajahat Family, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Marguerite Lenfest, Maribeth and Steven Lerner, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, The Park Family, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Adele K. Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Stark, Joan F. Thalheimer, Bruce and Robbi Toll, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, The Victory Foundation, Kirsten White, Anonymous.
The Barnes has engaged cultural partners across Philadelphia, including The Fabric Workshop and Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; and BlackStar Projects, to present other works by Isaac Julien during the run of the exhibition and beyond.
Poetic Cinema: Isaac Julien and the Sankofa Film and Video Collective
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
June 13–August 3, 2022
A three-part program, developed with Isaac Julien and the Sankofa Film and Video Collective. Each screening is followed by a conversation between scholars, artists, and filmmakers.
- Looking for Langston (1989, 45 min.)
June 13, Prince Theater
Conversation with Isaac Julien, artist and filmmaker; Kaja Silverman, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; and Ja'Tovia Gary, artist and filmmaker
- Territories (1984, 25 min.) and Who Killed Colin Roach? (1983, 34 min.)
July 11, Prince Theater
Conversation with Maori Karmael Holmes, CEO and artistic director of BlackStar Projects, and Thomas Allen Harris, senior lecturer, African American Studies & Film and Media Studies, Yale University
- The Passion of Remembrance (1986, 80 min.; newly restored, 4K version)
August 3, Zellerbach Theater, Penn Live Arts, Annenberg Center, in conjunction with the BlackStar Film Festival
Conversation with Karen Alexander, writer, educator, and freelance curator, and Louis Massiah, documentary filmmaker and founder/director of Scribe Video Center
In Focus: Isaac Julien
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
August 16, 2022–April 23, 2023
A selection of works from the museum's permanent collection displayed in conversation with Julien's Paradise (Omeros) #2, a photographic multiple created for The Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2002.
AT THE BARNES
Thursday–Saturday, June 16–18, 10 am–5 pm; free
Members are invited to see Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die) before it opens.
Barnes on the Block
Sunday, June 19, 4–9 pm; free
Presented by PNC Arts Alive, and in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia, Barnes on the Block returns for another round of outdoor fun for the entire family. This year’s event coincides with Juneteenth, Father’s Day, and the opening of Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die). Meet us on the Parkway for visual art displays, live performances, food trucks, a beer garden, and more.
Thursdays, June 23–September 1, 2 pm; free
Members are invited to a 15-minute introduction to Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die) with a trained docent before viewing the installation.
July 1, August 5, September 2, 6–9 pm; $28; National, Patron, and Contributor members & students $10; Supporters and Sustainers free
Enjoy an evening of art, live music, cocktails, and light fare on the first Friday of every month. Upcoming programs include performances by Guthrie Ramsey and Company, Omar’s Hat, and V. Shayne Frederick, along with access to the collection and Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die).
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day
July 3, August 7, September 4, 10 am–5 pm; free
Every first Sunday of the month, families and friends can enjoy free access to the collection and special exhibition, plus music and performances, talks, storytime, and art-making activities. Registration begins the Thursday before each first Sunday.
Online Class: Understanding Video Art
Instructor: Matthew C. Feliz, Lecturer, Bryn Mawr College
Wednesdays, July 6–27, 6–8 pm; $220; members $198
Explore key works of video art and the theories behind them in this four-week class.
Workshop: Isaac Julien in Focus
Instructor: TK Smith, Curator and Writer
Tuesday, August 2, 10 am–4 pm; $170; members $153
This one-day workshop at the Barnes explores key works in Julien’s oeuvre leading up to Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die). Students will have access to the exhibition.