Kenneth Jacobs

Moving Image, 2012

Kenneth Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1933. His films, videos and performances have been presented at venues such as the Berlin, London, Hong Kong, Tribeca and New York Film Festivals; the American Museum of the Moving Image, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany; and the Louvre in Paris. Jacob has received numerous awards, including the Maya Deren Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a DAAD Fellowship, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2007, his film Tom, Tom, The Piper’s Son was named to the National Film Registry. In 2011, Anthology Film Archives featured his work in the series Ken Jacobs in 3 Dimensions, and in 2013, the Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archives celebrated Jacobs’s 80th birthday with retrospective programs. Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of Cinema Emeritus at SUNY Binghamton.


Ken Jacobs on Light Cone
Ken Jacobs on Electronic Arts Intermix
Ken Jacobs on YouTube

Awards and Accomplishments


Jacobs' The Guests was selected for The Berlinale Forum at the Berlin International Film Festival 


Jacobs has a self-titled retrospective at the MoMA, including the premiere of his Creative Capital project, Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus


 Ken Jacobs receives the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from France


Jacobs screens work at the International Film Festival Rotterdam


Jacobs screens work in the Sundance Film Festival