Jonas (b. 1936, New York) is regarded as a pre-eminent figure in performance art who continues to influence a younger generation of artists. Reflecting the way Jonas works across many different disciplines, this groundbreaking survey will be the first of its kind at Tate, combining a gallery exhibition, a ten day live performance programme in the Tanks which will feature live performances by Jonas herself, and a film retrospective in the Starr Cinema. It will show her powerful impact on contemporary art and her dedication to pushing boundaries to this day.
The immersive exhibition at Tate Modern will celebrate Jonas's astounding contribution over five decades, uniting some of the most important pieces from across her remarkable career. Early and late works will sit alongside each other, reflecting Jonas's interest in revisiting her own history as can be seen in Cones/May Windows (After Mirage) - an installation originally created in 1976 which she re-made in 2011. Early works will include the iconic video Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy 1972 which explores female identity via the artist's sexualised alter-ego, while recent installations will include Reanimation 2010/13 and Stream or River, Flight or Pattern 2016-17 which broach the issues of climate change and animal extinction - subjects that are central to Jonas's current practice.
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