VENICE.- The MIT List Visual Arts Center, commissioning institution for the United States Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, announced today that the U.S. representative and pioneering figure in video and performance art, Joan Jonas, has been awarded a prestigious Special Mention for her installation They Come to Us without a Word. According to a statement from the Biennale, Jonas received this award for the significance of her oeuvre and her artistic influence.
Joan Jonas (b. 1936, New York, New York, USA) is a pioneer of video and performance art, and an acclaimed multimedia artist whose work typically encompasses video, performance, installation, sound, text, and drawing. Trained in art history and sculpture, Jonas was a central figure in the video and performance art movement of the late 1960s, and her experiments and productions in the late 1960s and early 1970s continue to be crucial to the development of many contemporary art genres, from performance and video to conceptual art and theater. Since 1968, her practice has explored ways of seeing, the rhythms of ritual, and the authority of objects and gestures.
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