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Celeste-Marie Bernier, Judith Butler, and Isaac Julien in Conversation

March 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Thur, March 4, 12 – 1:30pm Pacific time


McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and the San Francisco Public Library honor Women’s History Month with this conversation between Celeste-Marie Bernier, Judith Butler, and artist Isaac Julien about the legacy of the influential women in the life of Frederick Douglass (1818-95). Julien’s genre-breaking, ten-screen film installation “Lessons of the Hour-Frederick Douglass” (2019) celebrates the abolitionist as an early figure in the intersectional pursuit of human rights. The piece is on view through March 13, 2021 at the Foundation’s San Francisco gallery.


This event is hosted online via Zoom. Attendance is free with registration.


The panelists will explore the influential role of figures important to Douglass’ life and voice. Julien worked closely with Bernier, professor of United States and Atlantic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, on Lessons of the Hour’s narration to construct “tableaux vivants” that reimagine Douglass’ relationships to a range of key historical figures, including his first wife Anna Murray-Douglass, his second wife Helen Pitts, and the suffragette Susan B. Anthony.


Currently the Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature at the UC Berkeley, Butler has compelled generations of activists, artists, and students to grapple with notions of gender performativity, individualism, and power. Her renowned scholarship in the fields of philosophy, ethics, and feminist, queer, and literary theory guides her moderation of the conversation.


frieze Magazine is the media partner for the West Coast debut of ‘Lessons of the Hour,’ at McEvoy Arts.


McEvoy Arts is dedicated to providing a safe environment for all by following all current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the state of California, and the city and county of San Francisco. Admission is free by timed-entry reservation or with a walk-up reservation (limited quantities available). For more information, please visit www.mcevoyarts.org/visit.


Free with registration.


Online via Zoom; via McEvoy Foundation for the Arts


March 4
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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