Joan Jonas

Good Night Good Morning

Mar 17–Jul 6, 2024

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Joan Jonas. Still from Double Lunar Dogs. 1984. Video (color, sound), 24 min. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2021 Joan Jonas. Image courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
  • MoMA, Floor 6 The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Special Exhibitions

“I didn’t see a major difference between a poem, a sculpture, a film, or a dance,” Joan Jonas has said. For more than five decades, Jonas’s multidisciplinary work has bridged and redefined boundaries between performance, video, drawing, sculpture, and installation. The most comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States, Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning traces the full breadth of her career, from works that explore the encounter between performance and technology to recent installations about ecology and the landscape.

Jonas began her decades-long career in New York’s vibrant Downtown art scene of the 1960s and ’70s, where she was one of the first artists to work in performance and video. Drawing influence from literature, Noh and Kabuki theater, and art history, her early experimental works probed how a given element—be it distance, mirrors, the camera, or even wind—could transform one’s perception.

Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning presents drawings, photographs, notebooks, oral histories, film screenings, performances, and a selection of the artist’s installations. Jonas continues to produce her most urgent work through immersive multimedia installations that address climate change and kinship between species. “Despite my interest in history,” she has said, “my work always takes place in the present.”

Organized by Ana Janevski, Curator, with Lilia Rocio Taboada and Gee Wesley, Curatorial Assistants, Department of Media and Performance. With thanks to Mitchell Herrmann, Mellon-Marron Research Consortium Fellow, and Molly Superfine, Brandon Eng, and Piper Marshall, former Mellon-Marron Research Consortium Fellows, Department of Media and Performance.

The exhibition is made possible by Hyundai Card.

Leadership support is provided by the Lonti Ebers Endowment for Performance, the Wallis Annenberg Director’s Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions, and by the Julie A. Zoppo Fund for the Exhibition of Women Artists.

Major funding is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Additional support is provided by the Leontine S. and Cornell G. Ebers Endowment Fund.

Leadership funding for the publication is provided by the Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Publication Endowment Fund.

Publication

  • Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 200 pages

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