To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents the seminal work, Looking for Langston (1989/2017). The work is created by Isaac Julien, acclaimed British filmmaker and installation artist.
The solo exhibition features newly-conceived, large-scale and silver gelatin photographic works and Julien’s award-winning film. The film’s narrative focuses on the life of poet Langston Hughes and his relationship to fellow Harlem Renaissance artists. Its focus on a black, queer experience within the American cultural landscape retains its urgency and relevance.
Our exhibition coincides with a special screening of Looking for Langston in its original 16mm format at the Art Gallery of NSW on Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 7.15pm. Following the screening, Isaac Julien will be in conversation with Maud Page, Deputy Director and Director of Collections at the Art Gallery of NSW. Referencing works by James Van der Zee, George Platt Lynes and Robert Mapplethorpe, the celebrated film is a lyrical study of the history of 1930s black-and-white African American photography and 1980s queer cultures. The 1989 film is a landmark in the exploration of artistic expression, a hallmark of New Queer Cinema and regarded as a touchstone for African-American studies for nearly 30 years.
Isaac Julien’s 1991 film Young Soul Rebels will also be screening at the Golden Age Cinema on 18 February 2018 as part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival.
Opening night: Friday 16 February 2018 from 6pm to 8pm.