Joan Jonas in Virtual Program at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

Joan Jonas, Vertical Roll, 1972, 19:38 minutes, black and white, sound, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by the Ford Motor Company, 2007.33.19, © 2020 Joan Jonas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels 
ACT at MIT

Joan Jonas: The Inner Worlds of Video

Thursday, February 4
5:30 p.m. EST

Online via Zoom
Register here

For more than half a century, ACT’s Professor Emerita Joan Jonas has created some of contemporary art’s most influential videos, performances and installations. Join us for a virtual screening of Jonas’s iconic videos “Left Side Right Side” (8:50 min., 1972) and “Vertical Roll” (19:38 min., 1972) from the respective collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Afterward, a post-screening discussion with Jonas and curators Charlotte Ickes and Saisha Grayson will reveal how the artist explores interiority through the medium of video.

This program is part of Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian is a monthly virtual screening and conversation series sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, “Because of Her Story.” The first six programs in the series reflect upon interiority, a timely theme now that the global pandemic has confined many to their homes. Free—Registration required.