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Joan Jonas

Born in 1936, New York City, United States

Lives and works in New York City, United States


Joan Jonas is a trailblazing artist who was at the helm of emerging video and performance art during the late 1960s and early 1970s in the Happenings scene of downtown New York. Originally trained as a sculptor, Jonas shifted to performance as it served as a fluid arena to blend her interests in architecture, theatre, dance, music, film and literature. This methodology also enabled Jonas to develop a catalogue of alter egos and ongoing narratives to use within her pieces, with the character Orga...Read more