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Mekas, Jonas 1922-

Works: 350 works in 697 publications in 8 languages and 6,859 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  History  Biography  Diaries  Drama  Exhibition catalogs  Film adaptations  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Director, Producer, Performer, Illustrator, Film editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Actor, Creator, Other, fmk, Narrator, Scenarist, Artist, Editor
Classifications: N6537.W28, 709.24
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Andy Warhol by John Coplans( Book )
9 editions published between 1970 and 1978 in 3 languages and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Film culture ( )
in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Movie journal; the rise of the new American cinema, 1959-1971 by Jonas Mekas( Book )
19 editions published between 1972 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Treasures IV American avant garde film, 1947-1986 ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents 26 films by artists who helped to redefine cinema. Shows an array of film types and styles, from abstract animation to documentary and balances acknowledged classics with rediscoveries. The films are drawn from the preservation work of five of America's foremost avant-garde archives: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anthology Film Archives, The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Public Library, and The Pacific Film Archive. None of the titles has been available before on good-quality video in the United States
Who gets to call it art? the legend of Henry Geldzahler, 1935-1994 ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Henry Geldzahler (1935-94), star curator and cultural impresario, lived a life worth examining. The first curator of the Department of 20th-Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum, first director of visual arts for the National Endowment of the Arts, and the first full-time commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City, his landmark 1969 show at the Metropolitan is still remembered with awe. "New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970" filled 35 galleries with more than 400 groundbreaking works of contemporary art. This film is not a full biographical examination of this singular figure's life, but rather a portrait in profile, as many of 'his' artists talk about Geldzahler and what his friendship meant to them
Jack Smith and the destruction of Atlantis ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of interviews and clips by and about the revolutionary American artist Jack Smith. Filmmaker, actor, and pioneer of underground cinema, he is generally acclaimed as a founding father of American Performance Art, and has been critically recognized as a master photographer. The film also delves into Smith's tenuous relationship with Andy Warhol -- who adopted Smith's ideas in his own work. Pays homage to New York's ultimate anti-hero and the original King of the Underground
The Brig by Jonas Mekas( Visual )
26 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mekas filmed this play about a Marine Corps prison on the stage of the Living Theatre after it had been closed down by the police for tax evasion. He and the cast slipped into the theater through a coal chute and made the film in five hours. The furious rhythms of the play convey the inhumanity of military discipline with the raw force of a battle document
Free radicals a history of experimental film ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This feature-length documentary provides a vivid, eye-opening, and appropriately personal introduction to one of the most important, yet perpetually marginalized, realms of filmmaking: avant-garde cinema. Achieving the near-impossible task of doing justice in a mere 82 minutes to this incredibly rich, varied, and expansive domain, FREE RADICALS is as expertly constructed an introduction to the topic as one could hope for, thanks in large part to the film's privileging of rare interviews with some of the most important filmmakers in the avant-garde tradition (including Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Stan Brakhage, and Hans Richter), and its inclusion of several films in their entirety. The film's sincere admiration for its subject is best reflected by Chodorov's own description: "I wanted to share a few of the films I love and introduce you to some of the free, radical artists who made them"--Container
Unbuilt Roads : 107 Unrealized Projects ( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in German and English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Featuring unrealized projects from over one hundred prominent artists -- from Laurie Anderson to Jeff Wall -- this book documents work that was often too revolutionary to ever be assembled. Included among the entries are a rejected Time magazine cover by Robert Rauschenberg, objects which artist Christo was unable to "wrap", and the design by Claes Oldenburg for an as-yet-unbuilt banana-shaped home. Provocative, inspired, and with an abundant variety of vision, Unbuilt Roads takes conceptual art to new levels"--Publisher description
Walden diaries, notes and sketches by Jonas Mekas( Visual )
13 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in English and French and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Poet and hero of the American counter-culture, Jonas Mekas, born in Lithuania in 1922, invented the diary form of film-making. Walden, his first completed diary film, an epic portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s, is also a groundbreaking work of personal cinema"--Slipcase
Fire in the East a portrait of Robert Frank by Philip Brookman( Visual )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This documentary presents an intimate view of four decades of the Swiss-born artist Robert Frank, who has had an extraordinary influence on contemporary photography and filmmaking, and examines his life through his films and photographs. Includes interviews with many of his collaborators and contemporaries
Visions of Warhol by Jonas Mekas( Visual )
18 editions published between 1963 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by four pioneer avant-garde film-makers and close friends of the Pop-artist
Artists' book : Jonas Mekas by Jonas Mekas( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and French and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reminiscences of a journey to Lithuania by Jonas Mekas( Visual )
13 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this three part film, the first part is footage of the filmmaker's first years in America in the early 1950's in Brooklyn. The second part is of his return visit after a 25 year absence to the Lithuanian village where he was born, his reunion with his mother and related celebrations. The third part begins in Elmshorn, a suburb of Hamburg, where the filmmaker spent a year in a forced labor camp during the war. The film then moves on to the Monastery of Krems-muenster, the Stammdorff Castle of Nitsch, the house of Wittgenstein and ends with the burning of the Vienna fruit market, August, 1971
Lost, lost, lost ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Consists of a film diary by Jonas Mekas. Begins with his arrival in New York from Lithuania and moves on to his life as a young poet and displaced person in Brooklyn. Shows the Lithuanian immigrant community and their attempts to adapt to a new land. Explores Mekas' first contacts with New York poetry and filmmaking communities. Includes a series of haikus filmed in Vermont, scenes at the Film-Maker's Cooperative, views of New York City, a trip to Flaherty Seminar, and countryside scenes
Ciné-journal : un nouveau cinéma américain (1959-1971) by Jonas Mekas( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in French and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The collected films of Takahiko Iimura ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of experimental films by Takahiko Iimura
Scenes from the life of Andy Warhol friendships & intersections ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this 1990 film Jonas Mekas chronicles not only the great pop artist, Andy Warhol, but also the social and cultural excitement that swirled around him, throbbing to a hypnotic Velvet Underground beat. A candid, relaxed film diary
Jonas Mekas présente fluxfriends : George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, John Lennon : quinzexvingt & un by Jonas Mekas( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jonas Mekas by Jonas Mekas( Visual )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Walden : diaries, notes and sketches: The first long-form diary film. An ode to life, friendship and the community of New York in the 1960s
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Alternative Names
Jonas Mekas
Mekas, Jonas
メカス, ジョナス