Looking for Langston (1989) and The Attendant (1993): Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Looking for Langston (1989) and The Attendant (1993)

still from Looking for Langston
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed April 3, 2019
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


These two stunningly-realized works by British filmmaker Isaac Julien are his most direct explorations of black queer identity. Looking for Langston mixes archival material with stylized dramatic scenes to create a dreamlike essay film about the Harlem Renaissance that foregrounds the gay identities of several of the writers of the time, most significantly Langston Hughes. In the short The Attendant, a black museum guard’s fantasies combine fetishism, opera, and a camp sensibility as a painting of a slave and his white master becomes a living tableaux.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu