Joan Jonas: A pioneer of performance art

Open to public from tomorrow on, Joan Jonas’s largest survey of work ever held in the UK will be presented at Tate Modern.

New York born pioneer of performance and video art Jonas, works across many different disciples; from sculptures to drawings and choreography to installations. She often collaborates with musicians and dancers to stage her work theatrically either at home or galleries. Tate Modern is combining a gallery exhibition, a ten day live programme in the Tanks with performances by Jonas and a film retrospective which looks her legacy in contemporary art.

We’ve visited the exhibition this morning. It is a site of a mix of everything. Papier-mache animal heads, masks, videos, tap dancing, drawings, sound installations and items from her personal collections. Celebrating its second year, BMW Tate Live, is also showcasing Jonas’s performances and installations. Jonas will be collaborating and performing live with Jason Moran.

The exhibition is curated in close collaboration with the artist Andrea Lissoni, Julienne Lorz, and Monika Bayer-Wermuth. BMW Tate Live 2018 is open daily from 16-25 March and free to public during the day but you will need tickets to see the evening performances. Joan Jonas’s exhibition will run until the 5th August.

Image: Joan Jonas, They Come to Us without a Word II, 2015, performance at Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice, Italy, 2015. Photo by Moira Ricci

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