Art Science Connect is delighted to launch the Fall 2021 season with Joan Jonas, a founding figure of video and performance art of the 1960s and 1970s, in conversation with curator and writer Barbara London. Together they will discuss Jonas’s exhibition in the American Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennial, “They Come to Us Without a Word,” an homage to the entwinement of nature, art and music; and her solo exhibition currently on view at DIA Beacon, and consider how Jonas’s translation of nonlinear performance and video into performance installations.
The work of Joan Jonas has been collected and exhibited internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London (2018); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2019); Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2019); and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2020). Jonas received a BA from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1958, and an MFA in sculpture from Columbia University, New York, in 1965. She received the Kyoto Prize in 2018. Jonas is Professor Emerita at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. She lives in Manhattan.
Barbara London is a curator and writer who founded the video and media exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. She organized one-person shows with such media mavericks as Laurie Anderson, Peter Campus, Teiji Furuhashi, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Nam June Paik, Song Dong, Steina Vasulka, Bill Viola, and Zhang Peili. Currently she is producing Season 2 of her podcast series, "Barbara London Calling" (www.barbaralondon.net). Her book, Video/Art, the First Fifty Years, was published by Phaidon in January 2020. She curated the exhibition “Seeing Sound” (Independent Curators International), 2021-2026. She lives in Manhattan.