Known as political provocateurs, social agitators, and punk’s reigning contrarians, the Mekons first formed in 1977 and remain an active band today. Their remarkable journey is traced in director Joe Angio’s documentary Revenge of the Mekons (2013), being released theatrically by Music Box this fall.
To celebrate the opening of Revenge of the Mekons at Film Forum on Oct 29, as well as the Mekons’ influence on not just music but also visual art, literature and film, a group of artists will come together to discuss the band’s ethos of collaboration, collectivity and devotion to multi-genre art making — not to mention their ability to tenaciously keep turning out great records and live shows while retaining a formidable, and subversive, sense of humor.
Speakers will include founding band member Jon Langford, artist and architect Vito Acconci, filmmaker Mary Harron, author Jonathan Franzen, and cultural critics Greil Marcus and Luc Sante. Clips of the film will be screened, followed by a panel discussion to be moderated by School of the Arts Film faculty Katherine Dieckmann.