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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running

Feb 18 – June 5, 2022
1109 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, USA

The first time the Lithuanian filmmaker Jonas Mekas held a camera, the Soviets had just invaded his country. He was 17. Not long after, he joined the resistance, fled Lithuania, and was imprisoned by the Nazis. After the war, having survived the unthinkable, Mekas immigrated to New York and became a filmmaker, arguably “the godfather” of avant-grade cinema. The Jewish Museum hosts the first ever U.S. museum survey of Mekas’s extremely influential oeuvre, featuring 11 of his films. The exhibition asks: How do you find home when you are displaced? Can art be a refuge? —Sophie Kemp