Museum Of Modern Art Announces Opening Of ‘Isaac Julien: Lessons Of The Hour’ Exhibition About Frederick Douglass

Photos: Isaac Julien\Museum of Modern Art

NEW YORK, February 1, 2024—The Museum of Modern Art will present Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour, an exhibition that will focus on the recently acquired 10-channel video installation of the same name, about the life and work of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.


On view from May 19 through September 28, 2024, in the Museum’s Second-Floor South Galleries, Isaac Julien’s nearly 30-minute video will be featured for the first time at MoMA alongside a select group of historical objects, including pamphlets of Douglass’s speeches featured in Lessons of the Hour, first editions of his memoirs, a facsimile of a rare manuscript laying out his ideas about photography, and photographic portraits of Douglass and his wife Anna Murray Douglass.

Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour is organized by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, The Steven and Lisa Tananbaum Curator, with Erica DiBenedetto, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

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