The second volume of Jonas Mekas’s autobiography I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries, 1969–2011, published by Spector Books, continues with the meticulous description of his dense life in New York’s underground art scene. It begins with the seventies, a time when the Chelsea Hotel was a central hub of creativity and a temporary home for the filmmaker and critic. In 1970, Mekas co-founded Anthology Film Archives with Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage. Later, he bought the Courthouse building at 32 Second Avenue where Anthology remains today. It was during this period that Mekas returned to Lithuania and saw his family for the first time in twenty-seven years. With his first solo show at Jeu du Paume Paris in 1992, Mekas reached a wider audience beyond the film world. His international career as an artist had begun, with numerous exhibitions across the US, Europe, and Asia—as well as international publications, film projects, and travels.
Jonas Mekas finished editing his autobiography’s last volume when he was over ninety years old. Published posthumously, I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries, 1950–2011 stands on an equal footing with his cinematic oeuvre. The second and concluding volume of his diaries contains an extensive index of names.
Publisher: Spector Books.
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