Professor emerita 1998 - present

Photo at left Joan Jonas. copyright Chris Felver.

[Photo at left Joan Jonas. © Chris Felver.]

Joan Jonas (b. 1936, New York, NY, USA) is a pioneer of video and performance art, and an acclaimed multimedia artist whose work typically encompasses video, performance, installation, sound, text, and drawing. Trained in art history and sculpture, Jonas was a central figure in the performance art movement of the late 1960s, and her experiments and productions in the late 1960s and early 1970s continue to be crucial to the development of many contemporary art genres, from performance and video to conceptual art and theater. Since 1968, her practice has explored ways of seeing, the rhythms of ritual, and the authority of objects and gestures.

Joan Jonas is a New York native and she continues to live and work in New York City. She received a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College in 1958, studied sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Columbia University in 1965. Jonas has taught at MIT since 1998, and is currently Professor Emerita in the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology within the School of Architecture and Planning.

Light Time Tales, a major exhibition of Joan Jonas’s work, was on view at the HangarBicocca in Milan, Italy from October 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015.  Safety Curtain by Joan Jonas is at the Vienna State Opera this opera season.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Jonas’s most recent solo exhibitions include those at HangarBicocca, Milan (2014), the Centre for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu Project Gallery, Japan (2014); Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm (2013); Proyecto Paralelo, Mexico (2013); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2013); Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2011); and Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010). She has been represented in dOCUMENTA in Kassel, Germany, six times since 1972, and has had major retrospectives at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, Germany; and the Queens Museum of Art, New York.

Jonas has been awarded fellowships and grants for choreography, video, and visual arts from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the CAT Fund, the Artist TV Lab at WNET/13 (New York City), the Television Workshop at WXX1 (Rochester), and the Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) in Germany. Jonas has received the Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Modern Art Prize at the Tokyo International Video Art Festival, the Polaroid Award for Video, and the American Film Institute Maya Deren Award for Video.

Joans is currently developing a multimedia installation to be featured in the United States’ pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

 

Selected List of Exhibitions and Performances, 1995-2011

 2011
Drawing Languages, Wilkinson Gallery, London
Volcano Saga, Wilkinson Gallery, London
Broken Symmetry, Centre for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan
Reading Dante III, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

2010
Reading Dante IV, Galleria Rafaella Cortese, Milan, Italy
Reading Dante III, Yvon Lambert, New York, NY
Drawings/ Video/ Performance, Location One, New York, NY
Joan Jonas, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Double Lunar Rabbits, Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu

2009
Joan Jonas: Reading Dante, The Performing Garage, New York, NY (performance)
Performance 7: Mirage by Joan Jonas, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Begin Again, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgard

2008
Joan Jonas: Reading Dante, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA (performance)
Joan Jonas: Drawings and Videos, Wako Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan
Infernal Paradise, Wilkinson Gallery, London, England
The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (performance)

2007
Mirage, and The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, two video installations, and a performance “Crossed Waves” at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy

2006
The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, a site specific performance work with video, DIA Beacon, Beacon, New York

2005
The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, a site specific performance work with video, DIA Beacon, Beacon, New York

2003
Lines in the Sand, (video performance), Mexico City, Mexico.

2002
Lines in the Sand (video performance with sound and music in collaboration with Paul D. Miller a.k.a Dj Spooky; performers: Joan Jonas, Sung Hwan Kim, Henk Visch), Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany.

2001
Circular Revisions (video performance in conjunction with Joan Jonas: Performance Video Installation 1968-2000), Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, Germany.

1999
In the Shadow a Shadow (video performance), Were You There?, ’s-
Hertogenbosch Festival, The Netherlands (Performers: Ragni Haas, Joan Jonas. Music: Margaret de Wys).

1994
Revolted by the thought of known places… Sweeney Astray (video performance
in conjunction with Joan Jonas: Works 1968-1994, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Westergasfabrik, Amsterdam. Co-production: Toneelgroep Amsterdam and Stedelijk Museum in association with Holland Festival. (Concept, director, design: Joan Jonas; translation of Sweeny Astray by Seamus Heaney:

1993
Variations on a Scene (outdoor performance), Podewil,Berlin, Germany (Performers: Joan Jonas, Aldo Lancini, Geno Lechner, Leroy. Music: Alvin Curran).

Variations on a Scene (outdoor performance),Centre d’art Contemporain de Vassivière-en-Limousin, Limousin, France (Performers: Joan Jonas, Geno Lechner, Leroy. Music: Alvin Curran)

1990
Variations on a Scene (outdoor performance), Wave Hill, Bronx, New York (Performers: Joan Jonas, Seth King, Jane Smith, Kiki Smith, Jill Wooley, Jorge Zontal. Music: Alvin Curran)

1987
Volcano Saga (video performance), The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts (Performers: Joan Jonas, Lindzee Smith),

Volcano Saga (video performance), The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Volcano Saga (video performance), The Performing Garage, New York, (Performers: Joan Jonas, Lindzee Smith).

Volcano Saga (video performance), Contemporary Art Museum, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada (Performer: Joan Jonas).

1986
Volcano Saga (video performance), Schouwburg, Maastricht, The Netherlands (Performer: Joan Jonas; Assistant: Yelena Matulic).

Volcano Saga (video performance),Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg,
Pennsylvania (Performer: Joan Jonas; Assistant: Yelena Matulic).

Volcano Saga (video performance),The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California (Performers: Joan Jonas; John Malloy).

1985 Volcano Saga (video performance), De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Performer: Joan Jonas. Assistant: Yelena Matulic).

He Saw Her Burning (video performance), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (Performer: Joan Jonas, on video: Y Sa Lo, Shawn Lawton).

He Saw Her Burning (video performance), La Zattera di Babele, Genazzano, Italy (Performer: Joan Jonas, on video: Y Sa Lo, Shawn Lawton).

1982
Double Lunar Dogs (video performance), Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany (Performer: Eva Gagel, Joan Jonas, Rudy Kuhn. Assistant: Thomas Meyer).

He Saw Her Burning (video performance), Berliner Künstlerprogramm, DAAD, Berlin, Germany (Performer: Joan Jonas; performers on video: Y Sa Lo, Shawn Lawton).

Upside Down and Backwards, (video performance), ’60 ’80: Attitudes/Concepts/Images, Stedelijk , Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Performer: Joan Jonas; Assistant: Dorine Mignot).

1980
Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll, Funnel, Mirage, Upside Down and Backwards, Double Lunar Dogs (Joan Jonas Retrospective, curator: David Ross), University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, California

1979
The Juniper Tree, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Germany (Performer: Joan Jonas; Assistant: Thomas Meyer)

The Juniper Tree,Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England (Performer: Joan Jonas. Assistant: Pat Murphey).

The Juniper Tree,The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
(Performer: Joan Jonas).

Upside Down and Backwards, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Upside Down and Backwards, Performing Garage, New York (Performer: Joan Jonas; Assistants: Pooh Kaye, Pamela Raffaelli, Marty Riggleman, Robin Winters).

1978
The Juniper Tree, International Performance Festival, Österreichischer Kunstverein, Vienna, Austria (Performer: Joan Jonas),

1977
Mirage, Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany (Performer: Joan Jonas; Assistant: Jane Crawford).

Mirage, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (Performer: Joan Jonas).

Mirage, India/America—Festival di Musica e Danza, sponsored by Galleria l’Attico and Beat ‘72, Rome, Italy, (Performers: Joan Jonas, Rosella Or).

The Juniper Tree (collaborative version), The Kitchen, New York

1976
Twilight (video performance), San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California, (Performers: Karen Helmerson, Joan Jonas, Chris Jonic. Camera: Pat Goudvis).

The Juniper Tree, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1975
Twilight (video performance), Anthology Film Archives, New York

Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll (video performance), The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll (video performance), Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

Funnel (video performance), The Kitchen, New York

Funnel (video performance), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1973
Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll (video performance), Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll (video performance), Festival d’Automne, Musée Galléria, Paris, France,

Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll (video performance), Galleria Toselli, Milan, Italy

1972
Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy (video performance), LoGiudice Gallery, New York

Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy (video performance), Festival di Musica e Danza, sponsored by Galleria l’Attico

Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll (video performance), The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll (video performance), California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

Delay, Delay (outdoor performance), Lower West Side of Manhattan, New York

Delay, Delay (outdoor performance), Festival di Musica e Danza, Tiber River, sponsored by Galleria l’Attico

Delay, Delay (outdoor performance), Documenta 5, Kassel, Germany

Choreomania, Loeb Student Center, New York University, New York Wall prop: Richard Serra).

1970
Underneath, Alan Saret’s Spring Street loft, New York

Mirror Piece II, Mirror Check, Emanu-El, YMCA, New York.

Mirror Piece II, Mirror Check, University of California, San Diego, California

Jones Beach Piece (outdoor performance), Jones Beach, Long Island, New York Mirror Piece I, Loeb Student Center, New York University, New York.

1968
Oud Lau, St. Peter’s Church, St. Peter’s Gymnasium, New York.

Individual Installations and Exhibitions

2007
“The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things”, a 5 screen video installation, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, France

“The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things”, a 5 screen video installation, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, California

“Mirage”, and “The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things”, two video installations, and a performance “Crossed Waves” at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy

2006
“The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things” DIA Beacon, Beacon, New York

2005
“The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things” DIA Beacon, Beacon, New York

2004
Lines in the Sand, and The Scent, the smell, the feel of things…work in progress, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, Illinois, solo show

2003
Joan Jonas, Lines in the Sand, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

Joan Jonas: Five Works, The Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York

Joan Jonas: Video Retrospective, Museum Carillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico.

Joan Jonas: Performance, Video, Installation, 1968–2000, Neue Galerie für Bilden Kunst (NGBK), Berlin, Germany, curator: Annette Tietenburg.

2000
Joan Jonas: Film and Video Work, 1968–1976, Dia Center for the Arts, New York, (September 28, 2000).

Drawings, Reinhard Hauff Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany.
Joan Jonas: Performance, Video, Installation, 1968-2000, Galerie der Stadt, Stuttgart, Germany, (November 16, 2000-Febuary 18, 2001), curator: Andrea Jahn.

1999
In the Shadow a Shadow, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York.

1997
Props: Works 1994–1997, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York.

1994
Joan Jonas: Works 1968–1994, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, curator: Dorine Mignot.

1992
Revolted by the thought of known places… Sweeney Astray, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Germany.

1984
He Saw Her Burning, DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

1982
Upside Down and Backwards, Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany.

1981
Double Lunar Dogs, Other Realities – Installations for Performance, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas.

Music, Sound, Language Theater: John Cage, Tom Marioni, Robert Barry, Joan Jonas. Etchings from Crown Point Press, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1979
Joan Jonas: The Juniper Tree, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England (performance and installation).

1977
Three Tales, Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany.

1976
Stage Sets, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1973
Aspects de l’art actuel présentés par la Galérie Sonnabend, Musée Galliéra, Paris, France.

 

Film and Videography

2004 (Installation Video: 1994-2004: Tap Dancing, Big Mirror, Revolted by the thought of known places, In the Shadow a Shadow, Woman in the Well, Lines in the Sand)
2000/1976 Mirage 2
1989 Volcano Saga, 28 minutes, color
1988 Brooklyn Bridge, 12 minutes, color
1984 Big Market, 24 minutes, color
1983 He Saw Her Burning, 20 minutes, color
Double Lunar Dogs, 25 minutes, color
1981 Upside Down and Backwards, 28 minutes, color
1977 I Want to Live in the Country (And Other Romances), 28 minutes, color
1976 Good Night, Good Morning, 11 minutes, b/w
May Windows, 12 minutes, b/w
1974 Glass Puzzle, 26 minutes, b/w
Merlo, 16 minutes, b/w
Disturbances, 1 minutes, b/w
1973 Two Women, 20 minutes, b/w, silent
Barking, 3 minutes, b/w
Three Returns, 12 minutes, b/w
Songdelay, Film 18 minutes
1972 Left Side Right Side, 7 minutes, b/w
Duet, 4 minutes, b/w
Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy, 23 minutes, b/w
Vertical Roll, 20 minutes, b/w
1971 Mirror Check, 6 minutes, b/w, silent
Paul Revere (with Richard Serra), 9 minutes
1968 Wind, Film, 5 minutes, silent

Selected Video Screenings

2000
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1990
Videotheque de Paris, Paris, France

1989
De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Festival Électronique, Rennes, France

1987
Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany

1983
Ars 83, Ateneum Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Australian National Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Palais des Beaux Arts, Charleroi, France

1982
Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany
Anthology Film Archives, New York
Arsenal, Berlin, Germany
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fourth Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

1981
P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, Long Island City, New York
Bonini Editore, Genoa, Italy
Arts Council of Great Britain, London, England
Kunsthalle, Zürich, Switzerland
Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland
Tokyo Film Festival
U. S. Film and Video Festival, Chicago, Illinois

1980
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
American Center, Paris, France
Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, California

1979
Videowochen, Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
Video Roma, Rome, Italy
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1978
Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada
Rolf Ricke Galerie, Cologne, Germany
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
Télévision Belge, Brussels, Belgium
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada

1977
The Kitchen, New York
Frauenkunst-Neue Tendenzen, Galerie Krinzinger, Innsbruck, Austria
Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany
Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh, Scotland

1976
Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

1975
The Video Show, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
Woman Space, Los Angeles, California
Berlin International Filmforum, Berlin, Germany
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pensylvania
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1974
Centro Di, Florence, Italy
Galerie Impact, Lausanne, Switzerland
Art Now ’74, John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, Washington, DC

1973
Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

1972
And/Or, Seattle, Washington
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Documenta 5, Kassel, Germany

Group Installations and Exhibitions

2006
“After the Act” The (Re)Presentation of Performance Art, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna

2004
Videodreams, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria

2003
Mirror Tenses, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Gloria, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Video Acts Single Channel Works from the Collections of Pamela and Richard Kramlich and New Art Trust, P.S. 1 contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, (November 10, 2002-April, 2003, curators: Klaus Biesenbach with Barbara London and Christopher Eamon, (videos).

X-Screen, The Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria, Group Show

2002
Lines in the Sand, installation and performance, Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, curator: Okwui Enwezor.

Gloria, White Columns, New York.

Lines in the Sand, Great Theater of the World, Taipei Biennial, Taiwan, curators: Bartomeu Mar í, and Chia Chi Jason Wang, (installation).

Aquaria, The Fascinating World of Man and Water, Landesgalerie am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz, (February 7-April 7, 2002) and Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, (May 5 –June 30, 2002), curator: Barbara Wally, (video: Woman in the Well).

2001
Into the Light, Projection / Interaction: The Projected and Interactive Image in American Art, 1964–1978, , Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, installation of Mirage, (October 11, 2001–January 27, 2002), curator: Chrissie Iles.

2000
Century Cities, Tate Modern Bankside, London, England, curator: Donna De Salvo, (video).
Video/Performance: Open Ends, (November 5, 2000–January 30, 2001), Museum of Modern Art, New York, (video).

Escape. media_city seoul 2000, Seoul, Korea, curator: Barbara London, (video installation: Moving with No Pattern).

1999
Circa 1968, Museo de Arte Contemporânea, Fundacão de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000. Part II: 1950–2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

1998
Out of Actions: Between Performance & the Object, 1949-1979 Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, (tour: MAK-Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria; Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.)

1995
Reconsidering the Object of Art: 1965–1975, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, curators: Ann Goldstein, Anne Rorimer, (video installation: Organic Honey).

Revolted by the thought of known places… Sweeney Astray, Biennial de Lyon, Lyon, France.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

(in alphabetical order)
American Film Institute, Maya Deren Award for Video
Anonymous Was A Woman Award 1998
Artist’s TV Lab at WNET/13, New York City
THE CAT Fund
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Germany
Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art
The Guggenheim Foundation
Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Modern Art Prize, Japan International Video Art Festival
National Endowment for the Arts
Polaroid Award for Video
The Rockefeller Foundation
Television Workshop at WXXI, Rochester, New York

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