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Joan Jonas

Spring, 2024

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces the most comprehensive retrospective of the work of Joan Jonas (b. 1936) in the United States. On view at MoMA in spring 2024, the exhibition will offer a new look into the artist’s process, unprecedented access to archival materials, and fresh historical perspectives on Jonas’s work. The presentation will include drawings, photographs, notebooks, oral histories, film screenings, performances, and a selection of the artist’s installations, drawn from both MoMA’s collection and institutions from around the world. The exhibition will trace the development of Jonas’s work from earlier performances exploring the confluence of technology and ritual to more recent installations dealing with landscape and ecology.  Jonas’s practice revolves around meditations on bodies, space, time, and nature; as she has explained, “The performer sees herself as a Medium: Information passes through.”


Joan Jonas is organized by Ana Janevski, Curator, with Lilia Taboada and Gee Wesley, Curatorial Assistants, Department of Media and Performance. With thanks to Molly Superfine, Curatorial Fellow, and Brandon Eng and Piper Marshall, former Curatorial Fellows, Department of Media and Performance.


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