From the Dance Insider / Arts Voyager Archives: A scene from Jonas Mekas’s 2012 video “Out-takes from the Life of a Happy Man.” From our review: “I could quote to you snippets from this latest Mekas marvel: a flamenco dancer in Central Park, a girl trudging through the snow outside a fence in knee-high boots, a couple carrying the largest toilet in the world across a busy Manhattan street…. but the magic is in the selection and the decoupage, the splicing and the prism, not the putative subject: “Just fragments of this world, my world, which is not so different from any other, anybody else’s world,” says Mekas, the founder of Anthology Film Archives, in one of the leitmotifs of a poetic and occasional narration whose sing-song rhythm (enhanced by the euphoric melancholy of Auguste Varkalis’s piano improvisations) matches the cadence of the images. Then a Fifth Avenue street magician appears, as if on cue, and we understand who the real wizard is.
Francis Picabia, “Udnie” (Jeune fille américaine; danse) (Udnie [Young American Girl; Dance], 1913. Oil on canvas, 9′ 6 3/16″ × 9′ 10 1/8″ (290 × 300 cm). Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, Paris. Purchased by the State, 1948. © 2016 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerdtchian/Dist. RMN–Grand Palais/Art Resource, New York. Featured in the major monographic exhibition Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction, on view at the Museum of Modern Art through March 19.