Jerry Jofen  ( 1925-1993 ) was born into a scholarly rabbinical milieu. Fleeing Poland with his family, he arrived in the United States in 1941 on the last ship from Japan carrying refugees who had escaped across the Soviet Union.

        By nature a dreamer, he drifted through Greenwich Village. In the 1950s he started painting. In the 1960s he began exploring film together with such peers as Ron Rice, Jack Smith and Ken Jacobs, he became part of the more delirious flank of New York’s galvanic film underground.

        During the 1970s, his films were screened at the Museum of Modern Art  and the Jewish Museum, and his work was in the “Young American Filmmakers” series at the Whitney Museum of Art.

        Although the collages of Jerry Jofen were rarely exhibited, during the 1960s in New York he had a one person show at the K Gallery  and he participated in group exhibitions at the Allan Stone Gallery.

        In 1997 Klaus Kertess curated a one person show at the Court House Gallery in conjunction with a showing of Jerry’s  films at Anthology Film Archives . Jonas Mekas has been a supporter of Jerry Jofen’s work since the early 1960s.

        In 2004 an exhibition of collages was the opening show at the  Pavel Zoubok Gallery.  Pavel Zoubok represents Jerry Jofen’s work.