Past Event

Looking For Langston: A Film Screening Celebrating Queer Harlem

December 9, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Looking For Langston: A Film Screening Celebrating Queer Harlem

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
2:00 – 4:30 PM EST

Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston at 30: A Film Screening and Roundtable Celebrating Queer Harlem, in support of Harlem Renaissance 100

As part of Columbia’s contributions to the 2020 celebration of the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance, The Forum will be hosting an online screening of Isaac Julien’s landmark 1989 film Looking for Langston followed by a discussion with the director and a roundtable of commentators. This event recognizes the significance of the thirtieth anniversary of Looking for Langston in black studies, queer studies, and cultural studies, and will explore Julien’s gorgeous meditation on black art, poetry, music, community, and intimacy.

This free public event, which will be entirely online, joins the program for Harlem Renaissance 100, bringing to celebration a signal film and lively discussion that focuses on queer Harlem. Isaac Julien, filmmaker and installation artist, is Distinguished Professor at University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been exhibited worldwide, and he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the Arts in 2017. 

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Looking for Langston Poster