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Joan Jonas:
Good Night Good Morning

March 17 – July 7, 2024

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art will present  Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning, the artist’s most comprehensive retrospective in the United States, spanning more than 50 years of her remarkable career. On view in the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Special Exhibitions, the exhibition will feature works produced from 1968 through the present, including videos, drawings, notebooks, photographs, and major installations and performances—many of which are being revisited and reconfigured by the artist on the occasion of this exhibition. Joan Jonas will also present extensive corresponding archival materials, as well as newly commissioned oral histories highlighting Jonas’s enduring multimedia legacy for generations of younger artists.

Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning is organized by Ana Janevski, Curator, with Lilia Rocio Taboada and Gee Wesley, Curatorial Assistants, Department of Media and Performance. With thanks to Molly Superfine, Mellon-Marron Research Consortium Fellow, and Brandon Eng and Piper Marshall, former Mellon-Marron Research Consortium Fellows, Department of Media and Performance.

Leadership support for the exhibition is provided by the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions.


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Joan Jonas. Mirror Piece I. 1969. Performance, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Courtesy the artist

Joan Jonas. Delay Delay.  1972. Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni

Joan Jonas. Mirage. 1976. University Art Museum(now UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), Berkeley, 1980. Performer: Joan Jonas. Assistant: Elsie Ritchie. Photo: Benjamin Blackwell. Source: Joan Jonas Studio

Joan Jonas, installation view of Reanimation. 2010/2012/2013. © 2020 Joan Jonas. Four videos (color, sound and silent) on custom screens within a prefabricated house structure, two custom benches (made by Ed Gavagan), and crystal sculpture; two wooden theater boxes with video (color, sound and silent); fifteen ink drawings on paper; three oil stick drawings on paper, and two china marker wall drawings. Soundtrack and voice: Joan Jonas; Sami yoik singing: Ánde Somby;  Piano and additional sound effects: Jason Moran

Joan Jonas. Moving Off the Land. 2016-2018. Presented by Danspace Project, New York, 2018. Photo by Ian Douglas/courtesy of Danspace Project

Joan Jonas. Film still of Moving Off the Land II. 2019. Courtesy the artist

Joan Jonas, still from Double Lunar Dogs © 2017 Joan Jonas. Image courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. Video (color, sound)