New York: Artists Space, 1976. Offset in red ink. 17 1⁄2 x 22 in. Framed to 24 x 28 in. Near fine. Item #4861
A rare announcement for a Jack Smith performance, supposedly a barbed criticism of the filmmaker and critic Jonas Mekas.
In this performance, which took place at the non-profit downtown gallery Artists Space, Smith played a covetous trainer parading out a film actress, played by a toy penguin, for his own financial gain -- a supposed metaphor for his relationship with Jonas Mekas. Though both underground sensations, as the story goes, Jack Smith felt that Mekas had drummed up controversy over Smith’s Flaming Creatures, profiting from control of the print.
A striking artifact providing a rare glimpse into the relationships and business of underground cinema.