An acclaimed multi-media performance artist, Joan Jonas is also a major figure in video art. From her seminal performance-based exercises of the 1970s to her later televisual narratives, Jonas engages in an elusive theatrical portrayal of female identity. Employing an idiosyncratic vocabulary of ritualized gesture and symbolic objects that include masks, mirrors, and costuming, she explores the self and the body through layers of meaning. full biography
Riggio Galleries 3 Beekman Street
Beacon, NY 12508
September 17, 2011—December 31, 2012
CONVERSATIONS AT DIA:BEACON: Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, Anthony Ramos, and Paul Ryan with Lori Zippay
PRESS: New York Times, Frieze Magazine, Bullett
PHOTOS: Circa 1971 Gallery Talk with Lori Zippay, February 2012
Dia Art Foundation presented Circa 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive
at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries. Circa 1971
brought together 20 moving image works from EAI's collection of over 3,500 media artworks. Celebrating EAI's 40th anniversary, the exhibition was organized by guest curator Lori Zippay, Executive Director of EAI.
included pieces by Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, Ant Farm, John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Shirley Clarke, Dan Graham, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Joan Jonas, Gordon Matta-Clark, Nam June Paik, Raindance, Anthony Ramos, Carolee Schneemann, TVTV, Steina and Woody Vasulka, and others.
Taking the year of EAI's founding as its point of departure, the exhibition set in dialogue a series of diverse works created in and around 1971, which are linked by alternative artistic and activist impulses. Circa 1971
exposed the generative encounters among these artists and influences and initiates unexpected correspondences between seemingly disparate works.
Dia:Beacon 3 Beekman Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Saturday, September 22, 2012, 2 pm
Artists Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, Anthony Ramos, and Paul Ryan joined EAI Executive Director Lori Zippay for a dialogue at Dia:Beacon on the generative artistic and political landscape that influenced the video art scene of the early 1970s. The four artists also discussed their works included in exhibition Circa 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive.
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) 535 W 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
7 - 10 pm
8 - 8:30pm: Performance and Video Program
EAI's 40th Anniversary Benefit included a not-to-be-missed program featuring special live performances by Joan Jonas, Shana moulton, Carolee Schneemann and Michael Smith; video pieces by artists including Charles Atles, Dara Birnbaum, Takeshi Murata, Bruce Nauman and Seth Price, among others; and music selected by Dan Graham.
The NY Art Book Fair 2010 MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
Thursday, Nov. 4, 6-9 pm
Friday, Nov. 5, 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 am - 7 pm
Sunday, Nov. 7, 11 am - 5 pm
EAI participated in The NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, organized by Printed Matter. EAI's project space, installed in MoMA PS1's basement vault, featured STAGED DIRECTIONS, a special ongoing program of early and recent videos by artists, including rarely seen works drawn from EAI's extensive archive. STAGED DIRECTIONS featured conceptual videos that involve rules, instructions, or tasks, incorporating the script or the instruction manual into the action and placing the artist's directions on stage and in front of the camera. The screening program included works by Vito Acconci, Cory Arcangel, John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Dara Birnbaum, VALIE EXPORT, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Joan Jonas, Mike Kelley, Kristin Lucas, Kalup Linzy, Shana Moulton, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Seth Price, Anthony Ramos, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, Stuart Sherman and Lawrence Weiner, among others.
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center 22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
November 1, 2009 - April 26, 2010
Thursday - Monday, noon - 6 pm
EAI presented 45 Years of Performance Video from EAI, a survey of four decades of artists' engagement with video and performance. This project is presented in conjunction with 100 Years, an exhibition on the history of performance art organized by P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and Performa 09.
EAI 535 West 22nd Street, Fifth Floor, New York City
Saturday, November 22, 2008
EAI held a day of panels and discussion that explored the changing landscape for exhibiting, collecting, distributing and preserving media art. Leading curators, artists, gallerists, distributors and critics examined new paradigms for media art practice and activated dialogue on how moving image artworks are being exhibited, collected and circulated today, from YouTube to the gallery and the museum -- and everywhere in between. Two panels discussed this shifting landscape in relation to media art's remarkable history, its multi-faceted present and the unforeseeable future.
Park Avenue Armory Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City
February 21 - 25, 2008
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) and The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) presented a series of video programs at The Park Avenue Armory during the 20th annual Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA). EAI invited the first year graduate students in the CCS program to curate video programs out of the EAI collection. Four separate programs were produced by the students, which were exhibited on monitors in the Armory's main Hallway between February 21-25, 2008.
Y-3 Miami 150 NE 40th Street, Design District, Miami, Florida
December 5 - 8, 2007. Closing Reception: Saturday, December 8, 8 - 10 pm
EAI partnered with Y-3 to present a program of video works from the EAI collection on the exterior of Y-3's newly opened location in Miami's Design District. Inside the Y-3 store, in its second level event space, an indoor video program featuring the influential and provocative video works of Dara Birnbaum was on view.
EFA Gallery 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor, New York City
November 2 - November 17, 2007
During the PERFORMA07 performance biennial, EFA Gallery was transformed into a video lounge to host Electronic Arts Intermix's Viewing Room, a program that provides free public access to one of the foremost collections of video art in the world. Visitors to EFA Gallery were able to choose from a curated selection of major performance-based video works by over 30 artists from the EAI Collection. Viewers were able to watch these seminal performances and contemporary classics at their own pace in a comfortable viewing environment. During the opening reception on Friday, November 2nd, programs featuring selected works were installed throughout the gallery.
EAI 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor, New York City
Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 6:30 pm
EAI and Afterall presented a special evening with Joan Jonas, celebrating the launch of a new Afterall Book by Susan Morgan: Joan Jonas, I Want to Live in the Country (And Other Romances). Morgan's book is based on Joan Jonas's 1976 video work, I Want to Live in the Country (And Other Romances), which was screened. Jonas was present to introduce and talk about this haunting nonlinear video narrative which explores loss, displacement, time, and memory. Following the screening Susan Morgan lead a Q & A with Joan Jonas. The evening concluded with a reception during which Morgan's new book was available for purchase.
NADA Art Fair
The Ice Palace 59 NW 14th Street, Miami, Florida
December 1-4, 2005
EAI presented nightly screenings of new video from the EAI collection by emerging and established artists. Works by Cory Arcangel, Bernadette Corporation, Dan Graham, Joan Jonas, Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata, Paper Rad, Seth Price, and Lawrence Weiner were shown.
EAI 535 West 22nd Street, Fifth fl., New York, NY
May 7, 2004, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
The Queens Museum of Art and EAI held a reception celebrating the publication of Joan Jonas: Five Works, the catalogue for the recent retrospective exhibition of the same name at the Queens Museum of Art. Early works by Joan Jonas were shown on monitors during the reception.
Dia:Chelsea bookshop 548 West 22nd Street, New York
January 11, 2004, 11 am - 6 pm
Dia and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) presented a day-long screening of video works from EAI's collection. The videos screened featured works by artists who participated in collaborative programming presented by Dia and EAI at Dia:Chelsea from the mid-1990s until 2004. Artists included Marina Abramovic , Joan Jonas , Gordon Matta-Clark , Kristin Lucas , Mike Kelley , and Dan Graham , among others. Admission was free.
EAI 535 W. 22nd Street, New York
Saturday, September 14th, 2002 12 - 6 pm
EAI presented a one-day exhibition of works from its major collection of video by artists. This program focused on the unique cultural and physical landscape of downtown New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. From candid chronicles of the downtown art and performance scenes to haunting studies of the Lower Manhattan cityscape, the program included works by Gordon Matta-Clark, Michel Auder, Joan Jonas, Shirley Clarke, and Nam June Paik.
Museum of Modern Art New York City
February 26 - April 30, 2002
As the keystone of EAI's 30th anniversary events, Museum of Modern Art presented First Decade: Video from the EAI Archives, a major retrospective that looked at the early days of video through EAI's historical collection. Featuring 60 works, the twelve-part program explored themes and issues ranging from performance and the body; narrative; cultural essays; activism, and poetics.
Dia Center for the Arts New York City
September 28, 2000
EAI and Dia co-hosted an open-air screening of the early film and video works of Joan Jonas at Dia's Rooftop Urban Park Project. This free event included rarely-seen and newly restored film and video works, as well as a rare screening of Jonas' 1976 film Mirage, which was projected simultaneously with a new video piece and a live audio performance element by the artist.
The Rooftop Urban Park Project Video Salon Dia Center for the Arts
October 16, 1997 - February 1, 1998
Mediated Presence: Three Decades of Artists' Video from Electronic Arts Intermix is a three-part survey, spanning the years 1967 to 1997, that explores the rich and diverse modes by which artists use video to investigate self. Tracing how artists have articulated a mediated relationship with the viewer and technology, this program re-visits notions of performance and gesture within the framework of three decades of artists' video, and provides a historical context for recent works.