Joan Jonas

Joan Jonas was born in 1936 in New York. She is considered as one of the pioneers in performance and video art. Since the 1960s the American artist has been reflecting on feminine subjectivity by using a complex linguistic repertoire that integrates gesture, narrative and the moving image. Her very first works demonstrate an involvement with space, which she uses in her performances as a raw material to interrogate her relation with the audience. A polyvalent artist and an indefatigable experimenter, she has become an iconic reference for a whole generation of young artists with whom she has set up an intense and generous dialogue. From her first self-reflexive works to her latest ones focused on text and narrative, her art is made distinctive by a thematic approach that examines reality and its representations. The artist often includes in her works other artists and dancers, her own friends, her own pets even. These characters, accompanied by fancy creatures, inhabit dream-like representations when myth mingles with, and is superimposed to, everyday reality.


Born New York, NY

Master of Fine Art, Columbia University, New York

Bachelor of Arts, Art History and Sculpture, Mount Holyoke College, MA  1961  School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Sélection d’expositions personnelles

Light Time Tales, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, IT

Reanimation, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockolm, SE
Reanimation with Jason Moran, Performa – Roulette, Brooklyn, New York, US
Parallel Practises : Joan Jonas & Gina Pina, Contemporary Arts Museum
Houston, US Reanimation, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, FR
Reanimation, Documenta 13, Kassel, DE
They come to us without a world, Center of Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, JP

Joan Jonas, The Kitchen, New York, US
The Shape, The Scent, (Performance) McCullough Theatre, Texas Performing Arts, US

Reading Dante III, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, NO
Drawing languages and Volcano Saga, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK Broken
Symmetry, Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, JP

Reading Dante III, Yvon Lambert, New York
Performance 7 : Mirage, Museum of Modern Art, New York, US Joan Jonas,
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, US
Double Lunar Rabbits, Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, JP

Performance 7: Mirage by Joan Jonas, Museum of Modern Art, New Joan Jonas: Reading Dante, The Performing Garage, New York, NY (performance)

Joan Jonas: Reading Dante, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
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

Timelines: Transparencies in a Dark Room, Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain,
The Hand Reverts to its Own Movement, Spazio San Francesco, Fondazione Antoni Ratti, Como, Italy
The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, My New Theater VI and other works Yvon Lambert New York

Scenes from the Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, 2004/2006 II,
Rosamund Felsen Galley, Santa Monica, California
The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, Dia Beacon, Beacon, New York
Crossed Waves, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

Joan Jonas: Survey 1968-2005, Le Plateau and Jeu de Paume/ Hotel de Sully,
Paris, Part 1: Lines in the Sand, Part II: Recent Drawings, Wako Works of Art,
Tokyo, JP Moving in Place 1976-2000, Yvon Lambert New York
The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York, US

Lines in the Sand, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, US Mirror
Works 1969-2004, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
Lines in the Sand (performance), The Kitchen, New York, US
Lines in the Sand (performance), Tate Modern, London, UK

Retrospective: Five Works, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, US
Video Retrospective. Museum Carillo Gil, Mexico City, MX
Lines in the Sand, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, US
Crossed Waves (performance), The Moore Space, Miami, Florida, US
Crossed Waves, Queens Museum, New York, US

Lines in the Sand (performance), Documenta 11, Kassel, DE Cineme Verite (performance), TRANS>area, New York, US

Performance, Video, Installation 1968-2000, NGBK, Berlin, DE
Circular Revision, Video Performance in conjunction with Joan Jonas: Performance Video, Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, DE

In the Shadow a Shadow, Moving with No Pattern, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California, US
Drawings, Reinhard Hauff Gallery, Stuttgart, DE
Film and Video Work 1968-76, DIA Center for the Arts, New York, US This Earth is a Flower, International Artists’ Museum, Bydgoszcz, POL

Moving with No Pattern, My New Theatre III, In the Shadow a Shadow and drawings, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, US
In the Shadow A Shadow, for Were You There?, Hertogenbosch Festival, BE

Songdelay and New Work, My New Theater II, Big Mirror, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, US
Tangle, Performance Festival, Los Angeles, California, US
If I Could Remember, It Would Be Simple Things, Witte De Witte, Rotterdam, NL
The Turn of the Screw for The Object of Time, Rheinstahlhalle, Stuttgart, DE

Sélection d’expositions de groupe

Pavillion Etats Unis, Biennale de Venise
Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
Rumors of the Meteor, Frac Lorraine, Metz
Contrastes & Utopías. IV Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Different venues, Mar del Plata, Argentina

Joan Jonas : Stage Sets, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
Rewritten by Machine and New Technology: Video Art in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Landini Center for Performing Arts, University Art Gallery, Terre Haute
Joan Jonas It Blew Right in My Ear Like The Wind, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ki- takyshu

A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance, Tate modern, London, UK

DOCUMENTA, documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, Kassel, DE
BMW Tate Live, Tate modern, London, UK

Where language stops, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
Live your question now, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow, UK

More of an activity: the artist as choreographer, Hiroshima City Museum of Contempo- rary Art, JP
Off the Wall Part 1: Thirty Performative Actions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Mirror Morror: Then and Now, The Anne&Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, SA
DO/REDO/UNDO-WIELS, Centrum voor Hedendaagse kunst, Brussels, BE
Hauted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, US
Che cosa sono le nuvole? Werke aus der Sammlung Enea Righi-MUSEION, Museum fuer moderne und zeitgenoessische Kunst, Bolzano, IT
Wonder Woman from the EMST collection Project Room, National Museum of Contem- porary Art-EMST, Athens, GR

Participation in the International Section of the Venice Biennale, Venice, IT
Time as Matter: MACBA Collection New Acquisitions, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, SP
Indomitable Woman, Foundacion Joan Miro, Barcelona Performa 09, Performa, New York, US

28th Bienal de Sao Paulo: In Living Contact, Sao Paulo, BR Yokohama Triennale: Time Crevasse, Yokohama, JP
The 2008 Biennale of Sydney: Revolutions – Forms That Turn, Sydney, AU Once upon a time, Yvon Lambert, Paris, FR

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, New York
Stop, Look, Listen: An Exhibition of Video Work, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NY

The Invisible Show, MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art Vigo, Spain
Ombra, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, IT
Primera Generacion: Arte e imagen en movimiento (1963- 1986) Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, SP

The Forest: Politics, Poetics and Practice, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina, US
Marking Time, Los Angles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California, US
After the Act Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, AU

Minimal artists try to make something look like nothing and conceptual artists try to make nothing look like something, or is it the other way around?, Yvon Lambert Gal- lery, New York, US
Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image, New Museum, New York, US
Videodreams: between the cinematic and theatrical, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, AU
Flipside, Artists Space, New York, US

Video Acts Single Channel Works from the Collections of Pamela and Richard Kramlich and New Art Trust, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, US

Lines in the Sand, Documenta XI, Kassel, DE n the Shadow a Shadow, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, FR
Great Theater of the World, Taipei Biennial, Taipei, CHN
Aquaria, The Fascinating World of Man and Water, Landesgalerie am Oberösterrei- chischen Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria

Into the Light: The Projected and Interactive Image in American Art, 1964-1978,
Whit- ney Museum of American Art, New York, US

Century Cities, Tate Modern, London, UK
Video / Performance: Open Ends, Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Moving with no Pattern, for Escape, Media City Seoul, Seoul, KOR

The American Century, Part II: 1950-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Circa 1968, Museo de Arte Contemporânea, Fundacão de Serralves, Porto, PT The Hundredth Turn, Harvestworks, Digital Media Art Center, New York, US

Out of Actions: Between Performance & the Object, 1949-1979, Museum of Contem- porary Art, Los Angeles,

Collections publiques

National Gallery of Canada- Musee des Beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia,

Centre Pompidou-Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris, 

Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Amsterdam, 

Reina Sofia National Museum Art Centre, Madrid, 

The Museum of Modern Art, New York,
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York,

Fellowship / Prix / Subventions

The Guggenheim First Annual Art Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards

Anonymous Was A Woman award Francis J. Greenburger Awards

Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art

The Rockefeller Foundation

Professor Emerita at The American Film Institute, Maya Deren Award for Video

The CAT Fund

The Guggenheim Foundation

CAPS Award
Artists in Residence Grant, TV Lab at WNET/13, New YorkArtists in Residence
Grant TV Workshop, WXXI-TV, Rochester, New York
Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Modern Art prize, Tokyo, JapanJapan Internatio nal Video Art Festival
National Endowment for the Arts
Polaroid Award for Video
Television Workshop at WXXI, Rochester
Fondazione Ratti, Como, Italy



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