PERFORMA 13: Joan Jonas – Reanimation

Saturday, November 16, 2013. 8:00 pm

PERFORMA 13: Joan Jonas – Reanimation

Saturday, November 16, 2013. 8:00 pm

Co-presented with Roulette

Joan Jonas’s epic, yet delicate multimedia installation and performance Reanimation was inspired by the novel Under the Glacier (1968) by Icelandic writer Halldor Laxness. Originally created for dOCUMENTA (13) with jazz pianist Jason Moran, this piece sees the artist and musician responding to each other’s work in a live improvisation, creating a particularly icy form of alchemy. A pioneer of video and performance, Jonas is a very influential figure of the New York art scene from conceptual art to video and experimental theater. Born in 1936, Jonas was trained as a sculptor and moved into performance and film in the 1960s, subverting mediated images to question (self-) portraiture and the representation of the body. Her seminal video works in the 1970s pushed her investigation further and addressed issues of gender and feminism. Since the late 1970s, investigating ideas of ritual, process, and repetition, Jonas has developed a large body of work exploring the potentialities of drawing.

To purchase tickets, visit:

Ticketing is being handled by Performa/EventBrite. Roulette Members will continue to receive their regular discounts.

All Access Members should RSVP to Amanda Davis, Operations Manager, at amanda@roulette.org by Friday November 15th at 12pm in order to receive free entry.

Roulette Dual/Family and Individual Members can email roulette@roulette.org to receive a code to use for their $5 discount online or can present their membership card on the night of the event.

Please be advised that doors will open at 7:15pm.

Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading international organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live visual art performance in the history of the twentieth century and to generating new directions for the twenty-first century, engaging artists and audiences through experimentation, innovation, and collaboration. Performa’s unique commissioning, touring, and year-round education programs, involving all disciplines, forge a new course for contemporary art and culture, and culminate in the Performa biennial in New York City every other November. In 2005, Performa launched the first-ever biennial dedicated to visual art performance, Performa 05, which was then followed by Performa 07 (2007), Performa 09 (2009), and Performa 11 (2011).

Since its inception, Performa has operated as both an urban and international project demonstrating how organizations can collaborate to present major arts programs that are both artistically innovative and internationally relevant. Performa has developed partnerships with major international institutions, commissioning, producing, and touring work from the Performa program from the very beginning. The Performa Institute, a platform for the research and educational components of Performa, presents lectures, panel discussions, and workshops on an ongoing basis that explore critical issues surrounding performance and its history across disciplines, including visual art, dance, film, music, design, and architecture.

For more information, please visit performa-arts.org.

Performa 13 is supported by grants from Toby Devan Lewis, The Lambent Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, The Potter Charitable Trust, Trust for Mutual Understanding and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  International support is provided by The Royal Norwegian Consulate, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Pro Helvetia, The Polish Cultural Institute New York, The Office for Contemporary Art Norway, The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, a program of FACE, and FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, The Asian Cultural Council, and The Dena Foundation. Generous support is also provided by the Performa Board of Directors, The Performa Producers Circle, Curators Circle, and the Visionaries.