Steve MᶜQueen will invite all Year 3 primary school classes in London to be photographed for a Tate Britain installation. The project will potentially include 115,000 children across London’s 2,410 primary schools; each photo will include the children and their teachers.
In bringing together so many of these class photos from a single year, the work will embody the diversity of the city in which the artist grew up, as well as the potential of the next generation who will shape London’s future.
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25 emerging artists and special guests will perform in “Soundtrack of America," a week-long musical celebration of the impact of African American music as an art form, conceived by Steve McQueen in collaboration with Quincy Jones, Maureen Mahon, and Dion Wilson.
“Soundtrack of America was conceived for today’s most exciting young artists to shine during a major cultural moment,” said McQueen. “Our amazing creative team developed this commission to honor history in a bold, life-giving way.”
Steve MᶜQueen collaborated with author Gillian Flynn to create "Widows," a film based upon the 1983 British television series of the same name. The film stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson. "Widows" premieres in theaters in the United States beginning November 16, 2018.
There will be an advance screening and a conversation with MᶜQueen as part of TimesTalks programming on November 13, 2018 at 7 pm, at the Directors Guild of America Theater. The theater is located on 110 West 57th Street in New York.
The gallery congratulates MᶜQueen as he receives the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at the BAFTA Awards. The award will be presented by Academy, Emmy, Tony and BAFTA-winning actress Viola Davis.
This award is presented to deeply respected, distinctive directors, whose contribution as both technicians and artists represents the zenith of the directing profession. Past recipients have included Ava DuVernay, Ang Lee, Sam Mendes, Mike Newell, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow.
Steve McQueen's films Gravesend and Unexploded will be shown at Groundwork, art festival organized by CAST in Cornwall, England. To coincide with the final day of this exhibition, Steve McQueen will discuss his work in conversation with Sir Nicholas Serota, the former Director of the Tate Museum, at Plaza Cinema in Truro. Visit groundwork.art for details.
The Pérez Art Museum presents Steve McQueen's video installation End Credits, in which he pays homage to the African American singer, actor, and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson (1898–1976). An anti-imperialist committed to fighting inequality, Robeson was watched in the 1950s and blacklisted by the FBI—the organization that kept an extensive archive on the Civil Rights leader and mass media performer. During the McCarthy era, the FBI compiled thousands of pages on Robeson, now a public archive which McQueen used to create this video.
This work shows the significantly censored pages read by male and female voices. McQueen creates a compelling visual composition that brings forth the perverse nature of politically driven discrimination and persecution.
The ICA/Boston presents the U.S. debut of Ashes (2002–2015), a video installation by Steve McQueen. A standout from the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, Ashes presents footage on two sides of a freestanding screen. One side, originally shot on soft, grainy Super 8 film, shows a young, carefree fisherman named Ashes balancing playfully on a pitching boat against a horizon of blue sky and water. The other side shows a second projection, shot in high definition video, that chronicles Ashes’s unexpected fate. Never seen together, yet linked by a shared soundtrack, the videos conjure an easy vitality and a vivid description of place against the darker forces of society and fate.
The Dutch Culture Minister, Dr Jet Bussemaker, has selected film director and visual artist Steve McQueen as the recipient of this year’s Johannes Vermeer Award, the Dutch annual state prize for the arts.
The jury, chaired by Ernst Hirsch Ballin, unanimously nominated McQueen for his profound and enduring examination of the human condition in his film and video works, which often depict people struggling to preserve their dignity in circumstances of repression.
Steve McQueen will be awarded the 2016 British Film Institute fellowship. It is the highest accolade the BFI Board of Governors can bestow and is given in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture, showcased in his range of artworks and three multi-award-winning features, Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave.
It will be presented at the BFI London Film Festival awards ceremony on October 15.