Joan Jonas’s They Come to Us without a Word is presented by the MIT List Visual Arts Center in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State at the 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. Jonas, a pioneering figure in video and performance art, is occupying the entirety of the Pavilion’s five galleries with a new video installation involving drawings and sculptural elements. A new performance by the artist is also planned for Venice in July 2015, with new music by Jonas’s long-time collaborator Jason Moran, American jazz pianist and composer. On the occasion of the closing of the Biennale in November Joan Jonas will perform her recent work Reanimation, also with music by Jason Moran, in the historical Venetian theater, Teatro Goldoni.
The Jury of the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia honored Joan Jonas with a special mention award honoring her as an artist of significant oeuvre and influence for her work at the United States Pavilion.