Joan Jonas
Performance and Video Artist
New York, NY
2009 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Friends of USA.

A pioneer of performance, video, and feminist art Joan Jonas emerged as an artist during the 1960s. She received an MFA in sculpture from Columbia University in 1965, and studied dance for two years with Trisha Brown. By 1968, Jonas was combining performance with video projections and images from the media in experimental works that confronted the archetypal representations of women in stories, such as myths and fairy tales. Her art has influenced performance, conceptual art, theater, and video, and she continues to produce compelling and complex work that speaks to a younger generation of artists. She is a professor at MIT in the program of Art, Culture, and Technology.

Photo courtesy Joan Jonas.
  • Artwork by Joan Jonas
Artwork by Joan Jonas