Vivian Vivas, Elision, Moving image, 2022

Visual Arts Graduates Present New Works at the Jewish Museum

BY William Hutton, May 13, 2022

Upcoming graduates of the Visual Arts MFA will exhibit new video, sound, and performance artworks in a one day event at the Jewish Museum entitled In Response: Jonas Mekas


Students have been tasked with producing new art work that responds to the Jewish Museum’s current exhibition, Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running, the first American museum survey of the Lithuanian-born artist who helped shape the avant-garde in New York City. 


The exhibition surveys Mekas’ 70-year career and includes 11 films presented in an immersive environment, photography, and previously unseen archival materials. His work was profoundly informed by his refugee experience; exploring the relationship between exile and creativity, loss, memory, and longing for home. 


Featured graduates of the Visual Arts MFA include: 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; and Vivian Vivas (with Claire Gendler). 


In Response: Jonas Mekas is free to attend with RSVP and opens on Sunday at 6:30 pm.