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Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas &a mp\; Gina Pane brings together a selection of works by two renowned ar tists spanning the courses of their careers. Designed to function as two so lo exhibitions staged in a single space at the same time\, this exhibition offers viewers an opportunity to investigate the development of each artist 's practice. Complementary and shared aspects of Gina Pane's and Joan Jonas ' works are highlighted\, as are the differences that characterize each art ist's body of work.

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B orn in the mid-1930s\, Jonas and Pane were proto-Feminists\, developing sig nificant careers in advance of social movements that advocated for attentio n and recognition of work by women. Both artists blazed early trails in the field of performance art\, and worked multidisciplinarily\, making sculptu res\, drawings\, installations\, film\, and video in addition to live actio ns.

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Joan Jonas' (b. 1936\, New York City) experiments with video ar e among the earliest and most enduring investigations of that medium. Jonas owned one of the first Sony PortaPak video recorders in the United States\ , which she acquired on a trip to Japan in 1970. In early video works like Glass Puzzle (1973) and Good Night Good Morning (1976)\, Jonas uses this recording device as a tool to capture performative actions that articulate spaces of representation. In these performances-for-the-cam era\, viewers are offered an intimate view of the artist's creative process . Jonas' fluid spatial engagement with moving images and the development of video installation environments are hallmarks of her work. This exhibition features Jonas' most recent video installation\, the multi-channel Rea ding Dante III (2010).

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Gina Pane's (b. 1939\, Biarritz – d. 19 90\, Paris) early works in which she was photographed engaging in intervent ions in pastoral landscapes presaged her later performance works – or as th e artist referred to them in her native French\, actions – that br ought her more widespread acclaim. Pane is perhaps best known for actions i n which she wounded herself and drew blood\, an event tempered by the thoug htful and critical contexts she established within each performance. Her un ique constats d'action are collages of photographic images\, and o ccasionally drawings or notations\, that function like storyboards of her p erformances. Pane saw these as autonomous works\; they extend the life of h er actions and communicate their sensibilities. Opposed to the ove rsimplification of her work into mere spectacle\, Pane's final works before her untimely death – the Partitions – shift her works’ physical e ngagements back to her viewers. Parallel Practices marks the first comprehensive exhibition of Gina Pane's work in the United States.

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Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas &\; Gina Pane is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue that explores the intersections of Jonas' and Pan e's practices. It includes texts by art historians Dr. Barbara Clausen\, Él isabeth Lebovici\, and Anne Tronche\, as well as a text by the exhibition's curator\, Dean Daderko. Significantly\, this publication is among the firs t considerations of Pane's work to be published in English\, and includes t ranslations of crucial texts by the artist. Designed by AHL&\;CO\, the c atalogue features a checklist of works included in the exhibition\, full-co lor reproductions and installation views of the CAMH exhibition\, biographi es of the artists\, and a bibliography of related readings. The catalogue w ill be distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.).

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DTEND:20130630 DTSTAMP:20140416T233609 DTSTART:20130323 GEO:29.726257;-95.391068 LOCATION:Contemporary Arts Museum Houston\,5216 Montrose Boulevard \nHousto n\, TX 77006 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Parallel Practices\, Joan Jonas\, Gina Pane UID:261017 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130322T210000 DTSTAMP:20140416T233609 DTSTART:20130322T190000 GEO:29.726257;-95.391068 LOCATION:Contemporary Arts Museum Houston\,5216 Montrose Boulevard \nHousto n\, TX 77006 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Parallel Practices\, Joan Jonas\, Gina Pane UID:261018 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR