“I wanted to develop my own language, and the minute I started performing, I began to invent in a different way—through my body movements.”
In a new episode from the ART21 Exclusive series, artist Joan Jonas—who represents the U.S. at this year’s La Biennale di Venezia in an exhibition presented by MIT List Visual Arts Center—recalls the beginnings of her performance work from the late-1960s and early-1970s.
For Songdelay (1973), seen here, Jonas worked with artists such as Gordon Matta-Clark, Carol Gooden, Tina Girouard, Steve Paxton, and Penelope. “We all helped each other and worked together,” recounts the artist, “and people really enjoyed being in other people’s works.”
IMAGES: Joan Jonas, Songdelay, video stills, 1973. Featured in the ART21 Exclusive episode, Joan Jonas: New York Performances. Artwork courtesy of the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.