(New York, Ohio, and Elsewhere): (1965-1998). Collection of 113 flyers, posters, calendars, press releases, programs, invitations, and ephemera related to exhibitions, events, and performances by or involving experimental filmmaker Jud Yalkut. Most New York City and Ohio, majority 1960s and ‘70s. Venues frequently represented include the Film Maker’s Cinematheque, the Village Gate, The Kitchen, The Judson and Something Else Galleries, Millennium, The Whitney, etc. Most 11” x 8.5” approx. with some larger. Majority either offset or mimeo, printed recto only. Condition is very good or better overall, with most near fine. The collection in chronologically arranged and a complete inventory is available. PROVENANCE: from the estate of Jud Yalkut via the trade. Item #22160
Jud Yalkut (1938-2013) was an influential film and video artist. His reputation was established in 1965, when he became the resident filmmaker for The Company of Us (USCO), a communal art collective described by Holly Rogers as “a multimedia troupe which held the McLuhan-like view that technology was a means of uniting people within a sophisticated ‘tribalism’” (Rogers, Sounding the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art-Music, p. 133). And with Nam June Paik, he formed a collaborative partnership that lasted through the 1960s and 70s and resulted in canonical works combining film with the emergent technology of video (including the six pieces that comprise Video-Film Concert).
Yalkut was one of the first moving-image artists to engage with the medium of video. He was included in Vision and Television, the 1970 show at Brandeis’ Rose Art Museum (and whose catalogue includes the first known reference to “video art”) alongside colleagues Paik, Charlotte Moorman, USCO, Les Levine, and others (Rogers 150). In 1973, Yalkut left New York for Dayton, Ohio, where he founded a film and video program at Wright State University, taught at local colleges in Ohio for many years, and continued making art for the rest of his life. His works are in the collections of MoMA, The Whitney (who mounted a retrospective of Yalkut’s work in 2000), and elsewhere.
The archive provides a representative record of the majority of Yalkut’s career. Beginning in 1965 with several showings at Jonas Mekas' Film-Makers' Cinematheque, the collection comprises revealing promotional material for Yalkut’s exhibitions and performances, both solo and in collaboration with USCO, Paik, and others. Notable flyers include bills shared with Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger, Andy Warhol, Charlotte Moorman, Piero Heliczer, Hermann Nitsch, and John Cage, held at leading venues of the time: The Kitchen, Gate Theatre, Millennium Film Workshop, MoMA, P.S.1, and Anthology Film Archives, among others. Altogether, the collection provides a detailed window into a fertile period of avant-garde cinema, through the career of one of its leading practitioners.