Transcending and transforming media as he explored and merged film, video, expanded cinema, electronic manipulations, performance and installation, Yalkut created and collaborated on seminal intermedia projects with artists, filmmakers, musicians and performers. He was also active as a teacher, curator and writer for over five decades. (His 350-page manuscript Electronic Zen is an essential cultural history of the nascent alternative video scene.) Yalkut, who died this year at age 75, possessed a generosity of spirit, a relentless curiosity and a commitment to collaborative practice that finds expression in his remarkable body of moving image works.
Jud Yalkut was born in New York City in 1938. In 1965 he became a resident filmmaker for USCO, a countercultural, multimedia collective, and began his explorations in art and moving image media. While in New York he created and collaborated on intermedia projects with artists, filmmakers, musicians and performers in the avant-garde and experimental scenes. He also taught filmmaking courses at New York University, School of Visual Arts, and Millennium Film Workshop, and programmed film for the Avant-Garde Festivals. In 1973, Yalkut left New York to start a video and film program at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and became one of the founders of Dayton's Visual Arts Center.
In the spring of 2013, the University of Dayton honored Yalkut with a comprehensive career retrospective, Jud Yalkut: Visions and Sur-Realities. In 2000, Yalkut was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Dream Reels: VideoFilms and Environments by Jud Yalkut. His film and video work has also been exhibited at Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH; The Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archives in New York; and Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, among many others. He organized exhibitions of video and media art, including Computer Art: An Ohio Perspective at the Dayton Visual Arts Center in 1993 and Art From Virtual Realities at DVAC in 1996. Yalkut's writings on the arts and media appeared in publications such as Film Quarterly, The Dayton Voice and The New York Free Press. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Yalkut received six fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and a Lifetime Achievement Fellowship in 2003 from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District. He lived in Dayton until his death in 2013.
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