In The Shadow a Shadow: The Work of Joan Jonas, 2015, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2015 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Charles Roussel

With Johanna Burton; Douglas Crimp; Delusional Downtown Divas; David Michael DiGregorio; Sung Hwan Kim; Alicia Hall Moran; and Joan Simon.

As one of the most influential American artists of the past half century, Joan Jonas has had a profound impact on successive generations. Not only through her ground breaking performances, films, videos, installations and video sculptures, but also as a collaborator, friend, and longtime art professor, Jonas has been continuously engaged in a generative dialogue with younger artists.

On the occasion of the publication of her most comprehensive monograph to date, In the Shadow a Shadow: The Work of Joan Jonas, Sunday Sessions invites artists, Alicia Hall Moran and Sung Hwan Kim and David Michael DiGregorio to make individual tributes to Jonas’ work and her influence on theirs.

Editor Joan Simon presents a screening of The Jonas Mother! an episode of the web series Delusional Downtown Divas and moderates a conversation with contributing writers Johanna Burton and Douglas Crimp about Jonas’ work and its legacy.

The conversation is followed by a book signing of the new monograph In the Shadow a Shadow: The Work of Joan Jonas, published by Gregory R. Miller & Co.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.


Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant; and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer.

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.