Joan Jonas

Out Takes

May 2024


Joan Jonas. Still from Out Takes: What that Storm Washed In. 2019/2022. Courtesy of the artist
  • MoMA, Floor 4, Studio The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio

Continuing Joan Jonas’s decades-long exploration of nature, ritual, and techniques of perception, Out Takes (2022/2024) will feature Jonas’s most recent performance, organized in conjunction with the major exhibition Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning.

Layering sound, video, and narration, Out Takes began from Jonas’s explorations of unused footage from the artist’s archive, exemplifying her longstanding practice of reworking elements of previous artwork in her subsequent pieces. In this performance, Jonas interacts with videos excerpted from her works In the Trees (2015) and Moving Off the Land II (2019) alongside previously unreleased footage recorded over the past 30 years, including scenes of forests, coastlines, and appearances by Jonas’s dogs Zina and Ozu. Other prominent features of the work include sequences of the artist’s friends and neighbors, as well as the lush natural surroundings of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Jonas’s longtime summer home.

This performance of Out Takes will incorporate new material developed exclusively for its presentation at MoMA. Jonas will be accompanied by performer Lucy Mullican, with live music by composer Ikue Mori on keyboard.

Organized by Ana Janevski, Curator, with Lilia Taboada, Curatorial Assistant, and Gee Wesley, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance. Produced by Kate Scherer, Senior Manager and Producer, with Kayva Yang, Assistant Performance Coordinator, Performance and Live Programs.

The exhibition is presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Leadership funding is provided by the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions.

Major support is provided by the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance and by the Wallis Annenberg Director’s Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.


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