Conversations: Among Friends featuring artist Isaac Julien and Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art
Doors open at 6:45 PM
7:00 PM Program
Presented by The Friend of Education of The Museum of Modern Art as part of the series Conversations: Among Friends, this evening's program features a conversation between artist Isaac Julien and MoMA’s new chief curator of media and performance art, on the occasion of the exhibition Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves on view at MoMA from November 25, 2013 to February 17, 2014. Following the program, guests are invited to continue the conversation and meet the participants at an intimate reception catered by Fantasy Fare in The Cullman Mezzanine. Scholar and critic Sukhdev Sandhu, author of Night Haunts: A Journey Through The London Night (2007) and editor of Leaving The Factory: Wang Bing’s ‘Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks’ (2009) will contribute a collectible essay for the event’s program.
Isaac Julien (b. 1960) is a British artist and filmmaker whose work incorporates different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theater, painting, and sculpture, and uniting them to create a unique poetic visual language in audio visual film installations. His 1991 film Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Julien was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for his films The Long Road to Mazatlán (1999) and Vagabondia (2000). His acclaimed five-screen installation, WESTERN UNION: small boats (2007) has been shown at Metro Pictures, New York; Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid; and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Warsaw; and is in the Museum Brandhorst collection in Munich. In 2008 Julien collaborated with Tilda Swinton on a biopic about Derek Jarman, simply entitled Derek, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the same year. His 2010 film Ten Thousand Waves went on world tour, and has been on display in over 15 countries so far, including Shanghai, Sydney, Madrid, Helsinki, São Paulo, Gwangju (Korea), Gothenburg, Moscow, New York, Miami, and London.
Stuart Comer is chief curator of media and performance art at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is also currently co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and from 2004 to 2013 was curator of film at the Tate Modern, London. He has contributed to numerous periodicals, including Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, Mousse, Parkett, and Art Review. He is editor of Film and Video Art (Tate Publishing, 2009) and has contributed essays to several publications on artists including Tom Burr, Morgan Fisher, Andrea Fraser, David Lamelas, Sharon Lockhart, Mark Morrisroe, Bik Van Der Pol, and Gillian Wearing. He was co-curator of the 2007 Lyon Biennale. Other previous curatorial projects include Andy, as you know I am writing a movie... at the Beirut Art Center; The Young and Evil for tank.tv; An American Family at Kunstverein Munich and CASCO, Utrecht; America's Most Wanted for The Artists' Cinema at Frieze Art Fair, London; and Double Lunar Troubleat Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Comer has participated in symposia, talks, juries, and events at numerous international venues and festivals.
Conversations: Among Friends is made possible by TD Bank.
Tickets ($35) may be purchased at the museum information and film desks, online at MoMA.org, or through the friends of education office.
All tickets will be held at the door.