Today, August 21, from 12pm to 2pm, Deborah Colton Gallery is hosting a closing party and Skype interview featuring artist and filmmaker Jonas Mekas in conversation with UH art history professor Natilee Harren and gallerist Deborah Colton. The event will kick off with a tour of the gallery’s current show, Behind the Lens: William John Kennedy, Jonas Mekas, and Suzanne Paul, led by Heidi Vaughan.
Mekas, who was born in Lithuania in 1922, immigrated to the US and settled in Brooklyn in 1949. From there, he began his career as a filmmaker, photographer, and poet, and became a central figure in the New York art scene, shooting images of Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon, among many others. Learn more about Mekas in the 2012 MOCA-produced video below:
In 2013, Mekas was featured in the Houston Cinema Arts Festival—to read more on that, go here.