To New York With Love: Remembering Jonas Mekas

Feb 21- Mar 15, 2019

Opening reception: Friday, Mar 1 5-7pm


The eighth exhibition in the Up Against the Wall MotherF***** series organized by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija.


Jonas Mekas (1922-2019) is today considered "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema." Mekas was born in 1922 in the farming village of Semeniškiai, Lithuania. In 1944, he and his brother Adolfas were taken by the Nazis to a forced labor camp in Elmshorn, Germany. After the War he studied philosophy at the University of Mainz. At the end of 1949 the UN Refugee Organization brought both brothers to New York City, where they settled down in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Two weeks after his arrival in New York, Jonas bought a Bolex camera and began to record brief moments of his life. He soon became deeply involved in the American Avant Garde film movement. He founded the Anthology Film Archives, on the Lower East Side, NYC, in 1969 with Jerome Hill, Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka and Stan Brakhage.


Mekas was invited to the Neiman Center in 2009 to produce a serial portfolio of images excerpted from his film footage and diaristic work - Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches), 1969 amongst others. The project resolved as a grouping of images, mostly shot in the 1970s in New York City. The portfolio's title, To New York With Love, is a loving tribute to the city - a gift of poetic reminiscent images.


Exhibition curators Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija count Mekas as a hero and an inspiration. On the eve of his passing Vu and Tiravanija present To New York With Love—an exhibition in the Up Against the Wall MotherF***** series—as a tribute to the life and work of this pioneer.


Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: Leroy Neiman Gallery
310 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027