IN RESPONSE: Jonas Mekas

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 7pm EDT

Columbia University Visual Arts MFA candidates and recent alumni present new video, sound, and performance artworks in response to Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running. The exhibition surveys Mekas’s 70-year career and includes 11 films presented in an immersive environment, photography, and previously unseen archival materials. Like many emigrés in the aftermath of World War II—as for so many across the globe today—his art was profoundly marked by his refugee experience, exploring the relationship between exile and creativity, loss, memory, and longing for a home.

Participating Artists:  
Kaela Mei-Chee Chambers
Fadl Fakhouri
Linnéa Gad (with Will Epstein)
Elisheva Gavra (with Layla Klinger)
Jacq Groves
Erin Holland
Julia Jalowiec (with Josh Jalowiec)
Char Jeré and Meaghan Elyse Lueck
Sophie Kovel
John Thomas Levee
Alison Nguyen
Vivian Vivas (with Claire Gendler)

Free with RSVP; Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Masks will be required during the performance.︎︎︎︎︎︎

Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running
is organized by guest curator Kelly Taxter, with Kristina Parsons, Leon Levy Curatorial Assistant, the Jewish Museum.

The exhibition is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Lithuanian Council for Culture, the Lithuanian Foundation, a gift from the estate of Gaby and Curtis Hereld, Kazickas Family Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, Paul Pincus, Lithuanian Culture Institute, the Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation, and other generous donors. Additional support is provided by the Melva Bucksbaum Fund for Contemporary Art and the Peter Jay Sharp Exhibition Fund. Closed captioning is made possible by the Lithuanian Film Centre. © Estate of Jonas Mekas.

Images: Installation views of Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running at the Jewish Museum, NY, February 18-June 5, 2022. Photo by Dario Lasagni. Jonas Mekas. Still from Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches) (1969). 16mm film, color, sound. 180 minutes. Estate of Jonas Mekas. Jonas Mekas photographed by Antanas Sutkus in Semeniškiai, Lithuania, 1971. © Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York / LATGA-A, Vilnius.