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.
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.