Film still depicting the artist Jonas Mekas talking with fire in the background. Four strips of film stills (left to right) of Elvis performing, Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dali. A film still showing a group of young African-Americans laughing in a park, playfully posing for the camera.
Various stills from ‘Walden: Diaries, Notes, and Sketches’ by Jonas Mekas

R.I.P. to the extremely influential underground filmmaker, director, critic, archivist and poet: Jonas Mekas (1922-2019). Co-founder of the Anthology Film Archives, the Lithuanian-born artist led a prolific life, directing dozens of movies and publishing over 20 books, and is considered by many to not only have been a crucial, prominent film critic and chronicler, but also the "Godfather" of American avant-garde film. If you are unfamiliar [or even familiar!] with his work and life, we highly recommend you stop in the library to check out the books and films we have by and on the great Jonas Mekas.


Four rows of ten strips of film still, totaling in forty colorful still of a range of scenes, including flowers, kids sledding, trees, dogs, and more.
Installation View at MoMA PS1, 2007. Photo by Matthew Septimus; Courtesy MoMA PS1.