Marie Menken

Marie Menken

May 25, 1909 (New York City, New York)

Dec. 29, 1970 (Brooklyn)

Official Website:

Major Works:
Excursion (1968)
Watts With Eggs (1967)
Lights (1966)
Sidewalks (1966)
Andy Warhol (1965)
Go! Go! Go! (1964)
Wrestling (1964)
Drips in Strips (1963)
Notebook (1962)
Moonplay (1962)
Mood Mondrian (1962)
Bagatelle for Willard Maas (1961)
Arabesque for Kenneth Anger (1961)
Eye Music in Red Major (1961)
The Gravediggers from Guadix (1960)
Faucet (1960– ) (unfinished)
Dwightiana (1959)
Glimpse of the Garden (1957)
Hurry! Hurry! (1957)
Zenscapes (1957)
Visual Variations on Noguchi (1945)

Years Working:
1957 — 1959
1961 — 1965

Married poet and filmmaker Willard Maas in 1931. They had a very contentious marriage whose legendary fights inspired mutual friend Edward Albee to write the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mentor and muse to many male avant-garde filmmakers of the 1960s, such as Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol.

Was also a painter.

Acted in two Andy Warhol films: Chelsea Girls and The Life of Juanita Castro.

Was the subject of a 2007 documentary, Notes On Marie Menken, directed by Martina Kudlacek.

Other Resources:
IMDB: Partial Filmography
Film-makers’ Cooperative: Films for rental
Wikipedia: Biography
Robert Haller: Partial filmography

Film Books About Marie Menken:
An Introduction to the American Underground Film by Sheldon Renan (E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York, 1967) (Published simultaneously in Canada by Clarke, Irwin and Company, Limited, Toronto and Vancouver) (pp. 170-171, 172.)


Underground Film Feedback (4 Notes)

  1. […] luminaries Bruce Baillie, Stan Brakhage, Shirley Clarke, Ken Jacobs, George Kuchar, Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken, Andy Warhol and many more. In the introductory booklet, Scorsese writes: There are so many artists […]

    Posted by Martin Scorsese: Champion Of The Underground | Bad Lit | January 20, 2010, 6:04 am
  2. […] Marie Menken Born: 1910, New York, New York (pp. 170-171, 172.) […]

    Posted by Who Was Underground In ’67? | Bad Lit | December 22, 2010, 2:54 pm
  3. […] art curator Henry Geldzahler and a “Marie Desert” (perhaps a pseudonym for filmmaker Marie Menken?), gathered on the 41st floor of the Time/Life Building across the street, plunked down a 16mm film […]

    Posted by Outrageous! Empire | Bad Lit | May 25, 2011, 9:44 am
  4. […] Selected Films (Four Programs) Selected Films (Five Programs) Selected Films (Four Programs)Marie Menken: Glimpse of the Garden, 1957 Arabesque for Kenneth Anger, 1961 Notebook, 1962-63 Go! Go! Go!, 1963 […]

    Posted by Anthology Film Archives’ Essential Cinema Repertory Collection | Bad Lit | January 12, 2012, 5:59 pm

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