An Evening With Joan Jonas
1968–2017, multiple countries, multiple formats, ca 90 min.
- Thu, Apr 19th 6:00pm
Among the most significant artists working today, Joan Jonas has a groundbreaking body of work that spans video, performance, dance, installation, and drawing to explore fundamental questions around visual perception, ritual, archetypes, and transmission of knowledge. Initially trained as a sculptor, she began experimenting with performance in the late 1960s, merging elements of contemporary dance, Japanese Noh theater, and props like masks, mirrors, and, eventually, video cameras and monitors. In works like SONGDELAY (1973) she incorporated distance and sound to draw attention to the ways perception is altered by space. In ORGANIC HONEY'S VERTICAL ROLL (1972) she performs alongside a video monitor, exploring the medium's ability to both reflect and obscure her image. In the years since, her electrifying videos and multimedia works have combined folk tales, dreams, and autobiography, and frequently feature collaborators, including Tilda Swinton, jazz pianist Jason Moran, and Sami yoik singer Ánde Somby, among others. Jonas presents an overview of her practice, including a selection of films and videos from across her career. Multiple formats. (Amy Beste)
Tonight's program will include new 16mm prints of WIND (1968) and SONGDELAY (1973). These films have been preserved by Anthology Film Archives through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. This is the first time these prints have screened outside of New York.
April 19: Joan Jonas is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.