Joan Jonas: a retrospective

Hero to a generation of younger artists, Joan Jonas is an American visual artist and a pioneer of video and performance art. She is one of the most important female artists to emerge in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Jonas’ projects and experiments provided the foundation on which much video performance art would be based. Her influences extend to conceptual art, theatre, performance art and other visual media. She lives and works in New York and Nova Scotia, Canada. Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades.

Joan Jonas
Joan Jonas | The Juniper Tree 1976, reconstructed 1994

Until 5 August, visitors to Tate Modern will have the opportunity to experience the largest exhibition of Jonas’s work ever held in the UK. In the exhibition, early works from the late 1960s are shown alongside recent installations dealing with topical themes such as climate change and extinction. You can see her landmark installations including Lines in the Sand, The Juniper Tree and Reanimation.
For the first time at Tate Modern, a single artist’s work is explored in the exhibition galleries, and in film screenings in the Starr Cinema and installations in the Tanks – an experimental exhibition for an experimental artist.
     Jonas will also perform live alongside other artists as part of the BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights programme.
     The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern and Haus der Kunst, Munich in partnership with the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto.