Isaac Julien

Lessons of the Hour

Isaac Julien

February 2–May 12, 2019
MAG is pleased to announce Lessons of the Hour, a multi-screen film and video installation by pioneering global media artist Isaac Julien. The work is freely inspired by the life of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), the visionary African American abolitionist and freed slave, and by issues of social justice that shape so much of global history. Lessons of the Hour is the second in MAG’s “Reflections on Place” series of media art commissions informed by the history, culture, and politics of the City of Rochester, New York.

Isaac Julien photo by Thierry Bal.

The “Reflections on Place” series of media art commissions by the Memorial Art Gallery is made possible with support from the Zell Family, and Deborah Ronnen and Sherman Levey.

The Lessons of the Hour commission is also funded by Mark Falcone and Ellen Bruss, the Ford Foundation, VIA Art Fund, and Lori Van Dusen, with additional support provided by Barbara and Aaron Levine. The commission is also made possible by the Maurice and Maxine Forman Fund, the Marion Stratton Gould Fund, the Herdle-Moore Fund, the Strasenburgh Fund, and the Lyman K. and Eleanore B. Stuart Endowment Fund. In-kind support is provided by Eastman Kodak Company, and production of the work is also supported by the Arts Division of the University of California Santa Cruz.

In Rochester, the exhibition is made possible by the Margaret Davis Friedlich and Alan and Sylvia Davis Memorial Fund, the Robert A. and Maureen S. Dobies Endowment Fund, the Kayser Fund, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund, and an anonymous donor.