Reading Group: How Forms Begin

June 10, 2015, 6:00PM

20 Ames Street, Bldg., E15
Cambridge, MA 02139

Join List Curatorial Fellow Jeffrey De Blois for a reading and discussion group exploring the ideas driving Joan Jonas’s work and craft, on display both at the List in the exhibition Joan Jonas: Selected Films and Videos, 1972-2005, and in the 2015 Venice Biennale.

In conjunction with the presentation of Joan Jonas’s new work made for the US Pavilion as part of the 2015 Venice Biennale, the List Center presents seven of the artist’s seminal film and video works surveying the breadth of her career in performance, video, and installation. In a recent conversation among a multi-generational group of artists that included Joan Jonas, the panel was asked what historical examples of film and video are important to their work. Jonas briefly noted the importance of some Russian, French, and Japanese films, and she also commented on the influence of silent cinema on her most recent work. Tellingly, she added, “I am interested in how forms begin.” Using this intimation as a point of departure, this reading group will discuss a selection of texts examining Jonas’s early works in film and video in relation to her most recent works in order to trace some origins for what have become her signature forms.

PLEASE NOTE: We’ve reached capacity for participation and registration is now closed for this event.

For more information, contact:

Jeffrey De Blois
[617] 253-9477

  • Still from Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy, 1972, b&w, sound, 17:24 min.
    Image courtesy: Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), NY