Kelly Taxter

Kelly Taxter


Kelly Taxter is the Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art at The Jewish Museum. She has organized the career surveys of Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Isaac Mizrahi, the contemporary group exhibitions Unorthodox and Take Me (I’m Yours), as well as focused projects with Laurie Simmons, Eva LeWitt, Vivian Suter, Alex Israel, Valeska Soares, and Chantal Joffe. Taxter received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.

I Seem to Live

Jonas Mekas
Jonas Mekas and his brother made their first experimental films in New York in 1950. He developed the diary film format in which he recorded his everyday observations. "I Seem to Live" is a continuation of this endeavour and his key literary work.

Jonas Mekas’s New York diary illuminates not just the inner life of an incredible artist and cultural impresario, the key moments and players in the development of his pioneering diaristic aesthetic,  but  it also documents the evolution of the city’s explosive art scene. Jonas witnessed artists such as Andy Warhol, George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Michael Snow, and so many others experimenting with new forms of art making- what we now take for granted as interdisciplinary- was just then only coming into view. 

Kelly Taxter

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