Tate Modern has announced its major spring exhibition will examine the work of American artist Joan Jonas. 

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Wolf Lights, The Shape, the scent, The Feel of Things, 2005, video still, Joan Jonas. (c) 2017 Joan Jonas: Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York: DACS, London . 

On display from the 14th March 2018, the exhibition will be the first of its kind at any Tate Gallery combining a gallery exhibition, a ten day live performance programme in the Tanks which will feature live performances by Jonas herself, and a film retrospective in the Starr Cinema – all aiming to show her influence on contemporary art.

Regarded as key figure in performance art who continues to influence a younger generation of artists, Joan Jonas’s career over five decades will be celebrated in this large survey of her work.

The display will see early and late works will sitting  alongside each other to unite some of her most important pieces as well as reflecting the artist’s own interest in revisiting her history. Works that will be displayed as part of the exhibition include Cones/May Windows (After Mirage), Honey’s Visual Telepathy 1972 and more recently her Stream or River, Flight or Pattern 2016-17.

Throughout the exhibition, key themes from her five decades worth of work will be explored from her use of sound to the influence of Japanese noh theatre.

In addition to the exhibition, Jonas will be the subject of this year’s BMW Tate Live Exhibition – an innovative ten day programme of live performance art in the Tanks. Jonas herself will perform some of her most famous works such as Mirror Pieces 1968-71 alongside works by close collaborators. A specially curated selection of Jonas’s influential film works will be screened in the Starr Cinema in May, adding another layer to Tate Modern’s  survey of this performance art pioneer.

The exhibition is curated in close collaboration with the artist by Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Julienne Lorz, Curator, Haus der Kunst, Munich with Monika Bayer-Wermuth, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.

Joan Jonas will be on display at Tate Modern from the 14th March until the 5th August 2018. For more information visit: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/joan-jonas


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