In this preview from the ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 7 episode, "Fiction," artist Joan Jonas conducts a rehearsal for a reconfigured version of her early performance work, "Mirror Piece I" (1969), at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden. Having no previous experience in performance before transitioning to the field in the 1960s, the artist reflects upon taking workshops with choreographers such as Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton. "Maybe just one or two classes with some of them," recalls the artist, "to learn now to move and to be in public."
Joan Jonas, a pioneer of performance and video art, works in video, installation, sculpture, and drawing, often collaborating with musicians and dancers to realize improvisational works that are equally at home in the museum gallery and on the theatrical stage. From masquerading in disguise before the camera to turning mirrors on the audience, she turns doubling and reflection into metaphors for the tenuous divide between subjective and objective vision, and the loss of fixed identities.
Learn more about the artist at:www.art21.org/artists/joan-jonas
Season 7 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). "Fiction" airs Friday, November 14, 2014.
Learn more about Season 7 at:www.art21.org/season7