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William E. Jones

William E. Jones is an artist, filmmaker, and writer who lives in Los Angeles. He has made two feature length experimental films, Massillon (1991) and Finished (1997), the documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004), videos including The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998), and many installations. His work has been the subject of retrospectives at Tate Modern (2005), Anthology Film Archives (2010), Austrian Film Museum, and Oberhausen Short Film Festival (both 2011). His group exhibitions include the 1993 and 2008 Whitney Biennials, the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), and “Untitled (Death by Gun)” at the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011). His books include Is It Really So Strange? (2006), Tearoom (2008),“Killed”: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010), Halsted Plays Himself (2011), Imitation of Christ (2013), Between Artists: Thom Andersen and William E. Jones (2013), and True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell (2016). In 2016, Jones was featured in the Walker exhibition, Ordinary Pictures. In 2013, he visited the Walker for Artists' Cinema: William E. Jones, a series of lecture/screenings, and An Artist Selects: William E. Jones, which screened a selection of short films curated by the artist and drawn almost entirely from the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Collection.