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né en 1922 à Semeniskiai, Lithuanie.

 He currently lives and works in New York. In 1944, Jonas Mekas and his brother, Adolfas, were taken by the Nazis and imprisoned in a forced labor camp in Nazi Germany for eight months. After the War, he studied philosophy at the University of Mainz from 1946-48 and at the end of 1949, he emigrated with his brother to the U.S. settling in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York. Two weeks after his arrival, he borrowed the money to buy his first Bolex 16-mm camera and began to record moments of his life.

 He discovered avant-garde film at venues such as Amos Vogel’s pioneering cinema 16, and he began screening his own films in 1953. He has been one of the leading figures of American avant-garde filmmaking or the "New American Cinema," as he dubbed it in the late ’50s, playing various roles : in 1954, he became editor and chief of Film Culture ; in 1958 he began writing his "Movie Journal" column for the Village Voice ; in 1962 he co-founded the Film- Makers’ Cooperative (FMC) and the Filmmakers’ Cinematheque in 1964, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives, one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avant-garde films.

 His own output ranging from narrative films (Guns of the Trees, 1961) to documentaries (the Brig, 1963) and to "diaries" such as Walden (1969) ; Lost, Lost, Lost, (1975) ; Reminiscences of a Voyage to Lithuania, (1972) ; Zefiro torna, (1992) and As I was Moving Ahead, Occasionally I saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2001) have been screened extensively at festivals and museums around the world. Recently, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the American Museum of the Moving Image screened Letters from Greenpoint and the Mead Gallery at the University of Warwick, England, Monash University Museum of Art, and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia, held exhibitions for Mekas this past fall. In May 2006, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. held a lecture entitled "meet the artist" and screened Reminisces of a Journey to Lithuania.

 The Directors Guild of America awarded Anthology Film Archives a DGA Honors recognizing the center’s dedication to preserving the art of cinema. In its annual selection of 25 films, Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania was esteemed by the United States National Film Preservation Board to be selected for preservation at the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. His films were also screened at Art Basel Miami and Mekas was honored at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s award ceremony for his significant contribution to American film culture.

Most recently, the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center was established in Vilnius, Lithuania

and exhibitions will focus on art and film collections by Mekas and his friend and artistic collaborator George Maciunas, founder of the Fluxus art movement. Opening in late 2007, the Center will house an extensive avant-garde film archive and library and has plans to build a Fluxus Research Institute.

Honors and Awards

 the Albright-Knox Gallery
 the Long Warf Theater Foundation
 New York State Council on the Arts
 Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts.
 Member of American center of P.E.N. Golden Medal, Philadelphia College of Art, "For the devotion, passion and selfless dedication to the rediscovery of the newest art," 1966
 Guggenheim Fellowship, 1977
 Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University, 1989.
 Mel Novikoff Award, San Francisco Film Festival, 1992.
 Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Ministry of Culture, France, 1992, 2000.
 Lithuanian National Award, 1995.
 Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, Kansas City Art Institute, 1996.
 Special Tribute, New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 1996.
 Pier Paolo Pasolini Award, Paris, 1997.
 International Documentary Film Association Award, Los Angeles, 1997.
 Governors Award, Skohegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1997.
 Artium Doctoris Honoris Causa, Universitatis Vytauti Magni, Lithuania, 1997.
 Selection of the Library of Congress National Film Registry Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (Directors Guild of America Award) 2006.
 Baltic Cultural Achievement Award Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art, 2008.
 Life Achievement Award at the second annual Rob Pruitt’s Art Awards, 2010.
 George Eastman Honorary Scholar Award, 2011.
 ’Carry Your Light and Believe’ Award, Ministry of Culture, Lithuania, 2012.
 Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Ministère de la Culture, France, 2013.
 Francis J. Greenburger Award, 2013.
 Elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013.

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

 2015 : The Internet Saga - Jonas Mékas, solo, Venise
 2014 : "Jonas Mekas : One Man Show," Cēsis Arts Festival, Latvia
 2014 : "365 Day Project," ZKM, Karlsruhe
 2013 : DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
 2013 : MUAC, Mexico City
 2013 : "I Lift My Glass of Wine to You, My Vienna Friends !," Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
 2013 : Paris Photo L.A., Deborah Colton Gallery, Los Angeles
 2013 : "Outlaw : New Works," Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn
 2013 : agnès b. Marseille
 2013 : "The Sixties Quartet," KIASMA, Helsinki
 2013 : "Let Me Introduce Myself, My Russian Friends !" State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg
 2013 : "Jonas Mekas : In Praise of the Ordinary," The Phi Centre, Montreal
 2013 : "Jonas Mekas / The Fluxus Wall," Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
 2013 : "Life Goes On... I Keep Singing," Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston-2012 : "Portraits : Jonas Mekas and Robert Polidori," Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
 2012 : "Musique Plastique," agnès b. Howard Street boutique, New York
 2012 : "The 365 Day Project," 2B Gallery, Budapest
 2012 : "Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland," Stadtmuseum, Wiesbaden
 2012 : "Prisiminimai iš Vokietijos," Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center, Vilnius
 2012 : "Images out of Darkness," James Fuentes Gallery, New York
 2012 : Serpentine Gallery, London
 2012 : "The 365 Day Project," Centre Pompidou, Paris
 2011 : "Musique Plastique," agnès b. Galerie du jour, Paris
 2011 : agnès b. Howard Street boutique, New York
 2011 :"This Side of Paradise," agnès b. Rue du Jour boutique, Paris
 2011 : Solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London.
 2010 : To New York with love, James Fuentes LLC, New York.
 2010 : Bienal de São Paolo, São Paolo.
 2010 : Illegal Living, 80 Wooster, New York.
 2010 : Inaugural Show, Microscope, New York.
 2010 : Eve of Fluxus, The Emily Harvey Foundation.
 2010 : 1989, Kunsthalle Wien.
 2010 : See this Sound, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz.
 2009 : 1968, Kunsthalle Bielefeld.
 2009 : A few things I want to share with you, My Paris Friends, galerie du jour agnès b., Paris.
 2009 : Destruction Quartet, James Fuentes LLC, New York.
 2008 : Jonas Mekas, Museum Ludwig, Cologne.
 2008 : That Was Then… This is Now, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY.
 2008 : Self Portraits 1966 – 2008, James Fuentes LLC, New York
 2007 : “Jonas Mekas : The Beauty of Friends Being Together Quartet”, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York.
 2007 : Solo Exhibition, Maya Stendhal Gallery, November to February.
 2006 : "Jonas Mekas : Solo Exhibition", Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Center, UK.
 2006 : "Jonas Mekas : Solo Exhibition, Sketch Gallery, London.
 2006 : "He Stands in the Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life", Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum, Mexico City.
 2006 : "Jonas Mekas, Film Screenings", Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC.
 2006 : "Jonas Mekas : Solo Exhibition". Baltic Art Center, Visby.
 2006 : "The Expanded Eye", Kunsthaus Zurich.
 2006 : "Onestar Stop", Galerie Erna Hòcy, Brussels.
 2005 : "Jonas Mekas- Celebration of the Small and the Personal in the Time of Bigness", Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC).
 2005 : "Always a Little Further", La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 51st International Exhibition.
 2005 : "Balance and Power- Performance and Surveillance in Video Art". Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL.
 2005 : "Thank You for the Music", Spruth Magers Projeckte, Munich.
 2005 : "Jonas Mekas", Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC).
 2005 : "Repetitions", Maya Stendhal Gallery, New York, Group Show ; "Fragments of Paradise", Solo Exhibition, Maya Stendhal Gallery.
 2004 : "Farewell to Soho" Solo show (projection film/installation video/photogrammes)- EXPRMNTL gallery - Toulouse - France.
 2004 : The Agnès B Collection, Les Abattoirs - Frac Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse.
 2003 : "Moderna Museet", Baltic Art Center, Visby.
 2003 : "Fables de L’Identitò", Centre National de la Photographie, Paris.
 2003 : "Jonas Mekas : Frozen Films Frames", Maison Europòene de la Photographie,Paris.
 2003 : "Frozen Film Frames", Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg Brooklyn.
 2003 : "Dedication to Fernand Lòger", Museum of Contemporary Art, Vilinius.
 2003 : La Biennale di Venezia. Installation at the Utopia Station Pavillion
 2003 : "Jonas Mekas : A Camera for Jonas". "To Petrarca Who Walked Over the Hills of Provence" and a 24 hour video installation, "Dedication to Ferdinand Lòger". Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
 2002 : Documenta 11, Kassel.
 2002 : Maison Europòenne de la Photographie, Paris.
 2000 : "Laboratorium", Antwerpen Open, Antwerp.
 2000 : "VoilÌ- Le Monde dans la T®te", Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Films and Installations.
 1998 : Gandy Gallery, Prague.1999 : Susan Inglett Gallery, New York.
 1999 : Pupelis Gallery, Obeliai.
 1998 : "Le Printemps de Cahors", Musee de Cahors Henri-Martin, Cahors.
 1997 : Museum of Contemporary Art, Vilnius.
 1997 : Madrid Art Fair.
 1997 : Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo.
 1996 : Still Gallery, Edinburgh.1996 : Laurence-Miller, New York.
 1992 : Galerie du Jour Agnes B., Paris.
 1992 : Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris.


 Guns of the Trees (1962), 75 minutes.
 Film Magazine of the Arts (Summer, 1963), 20 minutes.
 The Brig (1964), 68 minutes.
 Award Presentation to Andy Warhol (1964), 12 minutes.
 Report from Millbrook (1965/ 1966), 12 minutes.
 Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches), (filmed 1964-1968, edited 1968-69), 3 hours.
 Hare Krishna (1966), 4 minutes.
 Notes on the Circus (1966), 12 minutes.
 Cassis (1966), 4.5 minutes.
 The Italian Notebook (1967), 15 minutes.
 Time and Fortune Vietnam Newsreel (1968), 4 minutes.
 Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971- 1972), 82 minutes.
 Lost, Lost, Lost (1976), 2 hours, 58 minutes.
 In Between : 1964-8 (1978), 52 minutes.
 Notes for Jerome (1978), 45 minutes.
 Paradise Not Yet Lost (a/k/a Oona’s Third year) (1979), 96.5 minutes
 Street Songs (1966/1983) 10.5 minutes
 Cup/Saucer/Dancers/Radio (1965/1983), 23 minutes
 Erik Hawkins Excerpts from "Here and Now with Watchers"/Lucia
 Dlugoszewski Performs (1983), 6 min
 He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life (1969/1985), 2.5 hours
 Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol (1990), 35 minutes.
 Mob of Angels/ the Baptism (1991), 60 minutes. Video.
 Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas (1992), 34 minutes.
 The Education of Sebastian or Egypt Regained (1992), 6 hours. Video.
 Imperfect 3-Image films (1995), 6 minutes.
 On My Way to Fujiyama (1995), 25 minutes.
 Happy Birthday to John (1996), 24 minutes.
 Memories of Frankenstein (1996), 95 minutes.
 Birth of a Nation (1997), 85 minutes.
 Scenes from Allen’s Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit (April 1997), 67 minutes.Video.
 Letter from Nowhere-Laiskas is Niekur N.1 (1997), 75 minutes. Video. In Lithuanian.
 Song of Avignon (1998), 5 minutes.
 Laboratorium (1999), 63 minutes. Video.
 This Side of Paradise : Fragments of an Unfinished Biography (1999) 25 min.
 Laboratorium (1999) 63 min, video
 This Side of Paradise (1999) 35 min, 16 mm
 Notes on Andy’s Factory (1999) 64 min, video
 Autobiography of a Man Who Carried his Memory in his Eyes (2000) 53 min, video
 Song of Avignon (2000) 8 min
 Mysteries (1966-2001) 34 min
 As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000) 288 min
 Autobiography of a Man Whose Memory Was in His Eyes (2000)
 Remedy for Melancholy (2000) 20 min, video
 Ein Maerchen (2001) 6 min, video
 Williamsburg, Brooklyn (1950-2003) 15 min
 Mozart & Wein and Elvis (2000) 3 min
 Travel Songs (1967-1981) 28 min
 Dedication to Leger (2003) 24 hours worth of footage, video installation
 Notes on Utopia (2003) 30 min, video
 Letter from Greenpoint (2004) 80 min, video
 Notes on Utopia (2003-5) 55 min., video
 Father and Daughter (2005), 4 min. 30 sec., video
 Notes on an American Film Director at Work : Martin Scorsese (2005), 1hr 20 min.
 Scenes from the Life of Hermann Nitsch (2005), 58 min., film and video
 First Forty (2006). Forty short films, using materials from earlier films, re-edited specially for internet and installations.
 365 Day Project (2007). 365 short films, one for each calendar day of the year 2007.
 Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR (2008), 4 hrs. 49 min., video
 I Leave Chelsea Hotel (2009), 4 min.
 Sleepless Nights Stories (2011), 114 min.
 My Paris Movie (2011), 2 hrs. 39 min.
 My Bars Bar Movie (2011), 86 min.
 Correspondences : José Luis Guerin and Jonas Mekas (2011), 99 min.
 Re : George Maciunas and Fluxus (2011), 87 min.
 Mont Ventoux (2011), 3 min.
 Happy Easter Ride (2012), 18 min.
 Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland (2012), 25 min.
 Out-takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012), 68 min.

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