Joan Jonas

Joan Jonas studied sculpture and art history at Columbia University and Mount Holyoke College, and dance with Tricia Brown at the Boston Museum school. Widely known for her work in performance in the mid-'60s, Jonas first incorporated a live video camera and monitor into a 1972 performance, Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy. In the same year, she began producing single-channel tapes, among them Vertical Roll (1972), which are recognized as landmark investigations into the structural and performative nature of the medium.

Jonas's tapes draw on the essential connection between performance art and the video monitor, as time-based media especially suited to materializing the artist's psyche. Exploring the dislocation of physical space and mythical female archetypes, Jonas's work occupies an important position in the development of both early formalist and early feminist video.

"Space was always a primary concern, and in considering the space of the monitor I then dealt with the box-like structure, positioning it in relation to myself. I tried to climb into the box, attempting to turn the illusion of flatness into one of depth."
--Joan Jonas

Available Titles by Joan Jonas

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
Disturbances 1974 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Double Lunar Dogs 1984 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
I Want to Live in the Country (And Other Romances) 1974 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Left Side Right Side 1972 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Upside Down and Backwards 1980 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Vertical Roll 1972 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Waltz 2003 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Joan Jonas