A pioneer of performance art
On Wednesday 1 October, Light Time Tales, the first anthological exhibition in Italy devoted to the art of Joan Jonas (New York, 1936), will open at Pirelli HangarBicocca. Curated by Andrea Lissoni, the exhibition will bring together ten installations and nine single-channel videos, among which a new video especially conceived for Pirelli HangarBicocca.
One of the exhibited artworks, Reanimation, a symbol of how Joan Jonas’s experiments have developed, is the starting point for a performance of the same name together with jazz musician and composer Jason Moran, on 21 October.
Considered a major figure for the history and theory of performance, Jonas became known during the 1960s and 1970s for her pioneering performances and videos. Her work gives a unique reinterpretation of the relationship between art and narrative forms.
Jonas will represent the USA in the 56th edition of the 2015 Venice Biennale with an exhibition presented by the MIT List Visual Arts Center.
Jonas is currently Professor Emerita in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Program in Art, Culture and Technology in Boston, and is the author of reference texts on the performing arts. She has taken part in the some of the most important group exhibitions of the past 30 years, including the Venice Biennale in 2009 and five editions of documenta in Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 2002, 2012).
The exhibition opening is at 19.00 on Wednesday 1 October, after which it will be open Tue-Sun 11.00 to midnight; Mon-Wed: closed.