The University Art Museum will present a retrospective survey of Joan Jonas' performance, video and other related works. Central to this survey will be the performance of five works, each to be presented twice. Jonas' work is characterized by the use of highly evocative images and actions often integrating the use of video or mirror reflection to clarify, repeat or simply exaggerate elements of the performance.
The performance series begins achronologically with performances of the work Mirage (1976), presented in the Museum Theater tonight (see below) and on Sunday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. The next four works will all be seen in Gallery B of the Museum. These works, Organic Honey's Vertical Roll (1972), Funnel (1974), Upside Down and Backwards (1979), and the world premiere of Double Lunar Dogs, will be presented on successive Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 beginning on May 23.
Installations from the first three performances staged in Gallery B, along with a continuous retrospective screening of Jonas' videotape works, photo-documentation of performances that will not be re-created in this series, as well as a group of paintings and a suite of etchings produced by the artist working at Crown Point Press will be on view in Gallery B from May 23 through June 29.
Descriptions of Gallery performances, a more compact listing of the performance schedule, and a more extensive introduction to Jonas' work appear elsewhere in the Calendar.