September 9, 2014 –
June 30, 2015
This year-long research season uses the work of the artist Joan Jonas as a lens to think about our contemporary moment.

Our point of departure is the work of the artist Joan Jonas. From there, a series of open questions map out a broad thematic territory for a year-long schedule of public events: reading groups, lectures, performances, screenings, and other events explore artists and ideas that emerge as related or as relevant in productive ways.

Please join the collective conversation as it evolves over the course of the year: attend an event, consult some of the online resources, and visit the Wattis bar for additional materials.

The reading group included Jeanne C. Finley, Jacqueline Francis, Susan Gevirtz, Anthony Huberman, Jordan Kantor, Tirza T. Latimer, Patricia Maloney, Elizabeth Mangini, Ranu Mukherjee, Frances Richard, Jordana Moore Saggese, and Jamie Stevens, with research assistance provided by Kathryn Crocker.

With special thanks to Joan Jonas.

Season 1: Joan Jonas is on our mind is curated by Anthony Huberman.

(Learn more about our research seasons here.)

Joan Jonas is on our mind.

Reanimation, 2012
Installation Still from dOCUMENTA 13
Reanimation, 2012 Installation Still from dOCUMENTA 13


Introduction
by Anthony Huberman

“De-synchronization, usually in conjunction with fragmentation and repetition” was Douglas Crimp’s crisp and eloquent summary of her work. Jonas cuts up and displaces elements from dance, theater, myth, landscape, and media to tell abstract stories. The parts of the whole are the parts of the piece—the projection, the performer, the set, the sound, the ritual.

“I explore the place of women in history as outsiders—healers—witches—storytellers,” she says.

Jonas is a pioneer of video and performance art; her early work from the 1960s and 1970s anticipated the following forty years of multimedia.

From September 2014 to June 2015:

We heard a lecture by Ann Reynolds on Joan Jonas. We hosted a lecture by Joan Jonas. Prof. Adrian Daub talked about the concept of repetition. Poet Ronaldo V. Wilson did a reading. We screened films and had a conversation with Loretta Fahrenholz. Olivia Mole presented a performance. We invited Charlemagne Palestine to screen films and perform on piano. Doug Hall gave a talk. Paul Sietsema screened a recent 16mm film.

Click on the names above to read more about each one and to see/hear documentation.

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We published Jordan Kantor on Joan Jonas; Patricia Maloney on Joan Jonas; Frances Richard on Joan Jonas; Jamie Stevens on Joan Jonas; Olivia Mole, Ranu Mukherjee, and Jacqueline Francis on Joan Jonas; Susan Gevirtz and Jeanne C. Finley on Joan Jonas; and Elizabeth Mangini on Joan Jonas.

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A publication is available here.
David Antin, 'Dialogue,' 1984
David Antin, "Dialogue," 1984
Susan Howe, 'Frolic Architecture,' 2010
Susan Howe, "Frolic Architecture," 2010
Organic Honey, 1973
Performance Still, Galleria Toselli
(Photo credit Giorgio Columbo)
Organic Honey, 1973 Performance Still, Galleria Toselli (Photo credit Giorgio Columbo)
Ezra Pound, 'ABC of Reading,' 1934
Ezra Pound, "ABC of Reading," 1934
Peter Gidal, "Structural Film Anthology," 1976
Peter Gidal, "Structural Film Anthology," 1976
Volcano Saga, 1989
Video Still
Volcano Saga, 1989 Video Still
Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, 'What is Minor Literature,' 1975
Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, "What is Minor Literature," 1975
Jorge Luis Borges, 'The Garden of Forking Paths,' 1941
Jorge Luis Borges, "The Garden of Forking Paths," 1941
Wind, 1968
Video Still
Wind, 1968 Video Still
The Drama Review, Vol. 19, No. 1, Post-Modern Dance Issue (March 1975)
The Drama Review, Vol. 19, No. 1, Post-Modern Dance Issue (March 1975)
Rosalind Krauss, 'Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism,' 1976
Rosalind Krauss, "Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism," 1976
Reading Dante, 2008 
Installation Still
Reading Dante, 2008 Installation Still
Joan Jonas and Simone Forti interview, 1973
Joan Jonas and Simone Forti interview, 1973
Joan Jonas and Rosalind Kraus, 'Seven Years,' 1975
Joan Jonas and Rosalind Kraus, "Seven Years," 1975