Rosamund Felsen Gallery is pleased to present the West Coast debut of acclaimed American artist Joan Jonas: Reading Dante Iv. This work was first featured in the International Pavilion of the 2009 Venice Biennale, and again seen at Performa '09 in New York. This will be the fifth exhibition by Joan Jonas at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery.
Jonas has been working with excerpts from Dante's Divine Comedy, of the 14th C., as she has developed the iterations of this work. Each exhibition alters the work as she adds and subtracts layers, parts and fragments. In this exhibition there will be drawings, sound and video composed of footage shot in Nova Scotia, New York, Mexico City and London. Jonas reinterprets the soul's journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven through her shamanistic visual vocabulary and opens a powerful contemporary entrance into this ancient story.
Joan Jonas (b. New York, 1936) is a major figure in American post-war contemporary art. Her performance-driven practice results in several mediums including performance, video art, installation, sculpture, photography, painting and drawing. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in 1958 and her MFA from Columbia University in 1965. Jonas currently teaches at MIT, Cambridge, MA. In 2009 she was awarded the Guggenheim's first annual Lifetime Achievement award. This month she will receive the Skowhegan Medal for performance and video.