By Adam Pendleton
Adam Pendelton introduces Joan Jonas at Triple Canopy’s 2019 benefit, which honored Jonas. “To invoke and to abstract, to abstract to invoke,” Pendleton observes. “Joan is the figure, the character, the player, and also the observer embedded in all of the notes.”
By Joan Jonas
At Triple Canopy’s 2019 benefit, Joan Jonas reflects on the connections between Triple Canopy and her own collaborative work that spans mediums and genres. During her remarks, Jonas read from Emily Dickinson:
The brain is deeper than the sea,
For, hold them, blue to blue,
The one the other will absorb,
As sponges, buckets do.
We’re thrilled to celebrate Joan Jonas as our honoree at Triple Canopy’s fall benefit, which will take place on November 12, 2019. Our editors and Board of Directors kindly invite you to join us for cocktails, a seated dinner, dancing, and celebrations of Jonas’s extraordinary work.
The evening’s program includes remarks by Adam Pendleton and a performance by Okkyung Lee and Ikue Mori. Artists Arthur Jafa and R. H. Quaytman (also honoring writer Maggie Nelson) will create artworks for the occasion. The evening concludes with an after-party featuring DJ sets by Riobamba and Donis.
Joan Jonas’s art often exceeds the language used to describe it. Working between mediums (video, drawing, performance, sound) and across genres (biography, mythology, folklore), she has animated countless intellectual and artistic experiments in translation, technology, and narrative. She is often said to be a pioneer, but her work is frequently a site of collaboration. In her own words: “I always merge with the subject I’m trying to understand and represent.”
Jonas lives in New York, where she was born in 1936. She studied at Mount Holyoke and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before returning to the city and receiving her MFA in sculpture from Columbia University in 1965. Since then, her work has been the subject of retrospectives at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (1979); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1983, 1994); the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany (2001); and the Queens Museum, New York (2003–04). She’s had numerous solo exhibitions at venues such as the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1994); Pat Hearn Gallery, New York (2003); Le Plateau and Jeu de Paume, Paris (2005); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2007–08); the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (2008); HangarBicocca, Milan (2014); Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York (2017); Tate Modern, London (2018); Museu Serralves, Porto (2019); Ocean Space, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art 21, Venice (2019). She has presented major performances at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1974); the Kitchen, New York (1972, 1975, 2004, 2016); San Francisco Museum of Art (1976); Kunstmuseum Bern (2004); Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2008); Performa, New York (2013, 2019); and Danspace, New York (2018). Jonas represented the United States at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and has participated in six editions of Documenta in Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 2002, 2012).
Jonas is Professor Emerita in the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the author of several reference texts on the performing arts. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, and Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund, among others. She has received awards from Anonymous Was a Woman, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Film Institute, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2018, she was given the prestigious Kyoto Prize, presented to those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humanity.
Suzanne Bocanegra & David Lang, Gavin Brown & Hope Atherton, Philip Glass, Paul Ha, Gregory R. Miller* & Michael Wiener, Jason Moran, Ikue Mori, Adam Pendleton, Yvonne Rainer, Kiki Smith, Pat Steir, Lynne Tillman*
Eileen Cohen* & Michael Cohen, Barbara Gladstone, Steven Goldglit*, Agnes Gund, Josh Kline*, Alex Logsdail*, The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, Susan S. & Charles L. Sawyers
Andrea Rosen Gallery, Marian Goodman, Regan L. Grusy* & Anders Bergstrom, Chris Leong*, Alice Tisch, Begum Yasar*, Donn Zaretsky*
Capricious Publishing & Company Gallery, John Chao*, Praise Shadows Art Partners, Red Bull Arts, Kerri Scharlin, Susan Sellers*, Richardson V. & Marilyn Turner
Dillon Cohen & Katie Holten, David Deitcher, Jim Hodges, Michi Jigarjian, Katy Lederer* & Ben Statz, Margaret Lee & Oliver Newton, Brett Littman*, Simon Preston, Seton Smith, Mimi Thompson, Wkshps
Brooks & Juno Adams, Dennis Adams & Elke Lehmann, Ian Alteveer & Stephen Figge, Yelena Ambartsumian & Miroslav Grajewski, Artforum, Judith Barry & Ken Saylor, Carol Becker, Elyse Benenson, BOMB Magazine, Nicole Bray, Isolde Brielmaier, Isabel Byron, Katherine Chan, Barbara Clausen, Margaret Liu Clinton, Kim Conaty, Alvin Curran, Dean Daderko, Kevin M. Davis, Zoë & Joel Dictrow, Katie Dixon, Document Journal, Carol Dorsky, Gale Elston, Kate Fenner, Charlotte Ford, Malik Gaines*, Galerie Lelong & Co., Michael Glier, Wendy Goldberg*, Claudia Gould, Joanne Greenbaum, Larissa Harris, Moira Hodgson, Laura Hoffman, Bob Holman, Heather Hubbs, Alfredo Jaar, Bree Jeppson, David Joselit & Steve Incontro, Jennifer Joy, Yukie Kamiya, Bronwyn Keenan, Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, Jan Kroeze & Jacki Ochs, Marta Kuzma, Robert Longo, Martin Z. Margulies, Kai Matsumiya, Miko McGinty, Susan & Harry Meltzer, Maureen Miller, Marie-Adele Moniot, Fraser D. Mooney*, Roger Mooney & Donald Steele, John L. Moore, Barbara & Howard Morse, Liz Mulholland, Cory Nomura, Jody Oberfelder & Juergen Riehm, Silke Otto-Knapp, Elizabeth Peyton, Mary Ping, Jeff Preiss, Charles Renfro, Mark Rosenthal, David A. Ross, Cameron Rowland, Peter J. Russo & Lumi Tan, Kerri Scharlin, Jay Scheib, Kate Shepherd*, Jocelyn Spaar, Alice Gray Stites, Carol Szymanski & Barry Schwabsky, Ann Temkin, Kara Walker & Ari Marcopoulos, Carrie Mae Weems, Jane Weinstock & James Welling, Allison Weisberg & Peter Barker-Huelster, Jeffrey Weiss*, Karen Wong, Rudy Wurlitzer & Lynn Davis, Rob Wynne & Charles Ruas, Christine Zehner
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