Jonas Mekas Fascination at Edwynn Houk Gallery
It seems odd that a gallery will dedicate itself to allowing one person a moment to talk about their life. In a capitalist framework, it is a bizarre notion, but as lives go, Mekas’, for one, is quite remarkable.
Born in Lithuania in 1922, Mekas and his brother escaped from a Nazi labour camp in 1945. They fled to New York and soon upon their arrival, Mekas acquired his first camera, a classic Bolex, and began to work toward his future moniker of “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema”. Mekas saw it fitting to dedicate his work to documenting his life.
Known mostly for being a curator, poet, filmmaker and philosopher, Mekas has been exhibited internationally including Museum Ludwig, Cologne; La Biennale di Venezia; Bienal de São Paolo; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
As well as his energies being transferred into his personal work, Mekas dedicated much of his life to the culture and society of American film. In 1954, with his brother, he started Film Culture Magazine, now one of the most important American film publications, in the Village Voice, he wrote the ‘Movie Journal’ column from 1958-1975, in 1961 became president of the Film-Makers’ Cooperative and in 1970, he founded New York’s Anthology Film Archives. Today he remains the president and programme director at the proud age of 90 years old.
Edwynn Houk is proud to display the life and experience of Mekas, but viewers can allow themselves to see it with Mekas, as he recounts tales of his life through his own words.
|Edwynn Houk Gallery
745 5th Ave # 407 New York, NY 10151
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