L.A.’s Mistake Room Will Honor Isaac Julien at First Biennial Fundraiser


Isaac Julien.


Los Angeles nonprofit the Mistake Room will hold its first biennial fundraising event on March 28, which will “celebrate a philanthropist and an artist whose unique contributions have had a profound and lasting impact on the world at large,” according to the organization. This year’s fundraiser will honor Francesca von Habsburg, the founder and chairman of the Vienna-based foundation Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, who will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Mistake Room in the fall.

That show will mark the U.S. premiere of Julien’s PLAYTIME (2013), a seven-screen installation that stars James Franco as an art adviser. (The role he was born to play? Let’s just say it’s the role he was born to play.) A smaller version screened at New York’s Metro Pictures gallery in 2013.

“We must encourage non-for-profit organizations like this to not only sustain but also to flourish,” Julien said in a statement. “[T]hey are the backbone of our whole cultural industry, allowing for young, smart and adventurous exhibition making, the expansion of public facing curatorial programming, and the support of seldom-seen artists in the Los Angeles area.”

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