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Jonas Mekas, Lost Lost Lost: Rabbit Shit Haikus and Fool’s Haikus, 1976, 16 mm, color and black-and-white, sound, 180 minutes.

Jonas Mekas, Lost Lost Lost: Rabbit Shit Haikus and Fool’s Haikus, 1976, 16 mm, color and black-and-white, sound, 180 minutes.

Jonas Mekas

Rupert

“Now, after I already / Crossed / The shores of death and sadness / Let me / Dream / Utopias”—undated, typewritten on a modest yellowish page, this short poem (in Lithuanian) was one of 129 that were included in the exhibition “Jonas Mekas: let me dream utopias.” The poet/filmmaker himself selected these previously unpublished poems, all in his native language. After Mekas passed away earlier this year, leaving behind an enormous void, the show’s curators—Justė Jonutytė, Kotryna Markevičiūtė, and Yates Norton—had to find a way to stage the exhibition without his input. Rather than mount a conventional show, they built a space for contemplation and discussion. They invited the Lithuanian architects Ona Lozuraitytė and Petras Išora to create a setting for the selection of poems and organized a series of events contextualizing the poetry and some of its main themes. They also transformed the

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