Joan Jonas Mirage 1976/1994/2005

  • MoMA, Floor 6

Mirage began in 1976 as a performance at New York’s Anthology Film Archives, in which Jonas explored movement in relation to the changing size and shape of the film screen. In 1994 she reimagined the work as an installation, incorporating sculptural elements, chalkboard drawings, and videos that had appeared in the 1976 performance. The artist’s preoccupation with transformation is evident in the work’s repeated forms—such as its towering cones, which both recall an erupting volcano and can become a device for voice projection when taken up by Jonas or the performers. This play with images and objects reflects Jonas’s ongoing interest in the repetition and recurrence involved in games.

Gallery label from Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning, March 17–July 6, 2024
Six videos (black and white, sound and silent; duration variable), props, stages, and photographs
Dimensions variable
Gift of Richard J. Massey, Clarissa Alcock Bronfman, Agnes Gund, and Committee on Media Funds
Object number
© 2024 Joan Jonas
Media and Performance

Installation views

We have identified these works in the following photos from our exhibition history.

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at [email protected].


If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].