This year’s annual live exhibition at the Tate Modern celebrates the work and influence of Joan Jonas, a pioneer of performance, who has shaped expression through video and installation over the past 5 years.
‘10 Days Six Nights’ will showcase Jonas’ work, its legacy and relevance by presenting it in dialogue with an intergenerational selection of artists from 16 – 25 March.
‘10 Days Six Nights’ of Innovative, Live Exhibition at Tate Modern
In the Tate’s tanks, explore free daytime installations, including Jonas’ masterpiece ‘Reanimation 2010/12/13; Cones/May Windows (After Mirage) 1976; Stage Sets 1977’, alongside a new commission by Jumana Emil Abboud, ‘A Happy Ending III (Tate Tales) 2018’ that draws on Palestinian folklore and fairy tales.
Free daytime performances of Jonas’ work ‘Mirror Piece II 1970′, which established her as a pioneering figure in performance, will take place in the South Tank. In the piece, performers carry out a series of carefully choreographed actions with mirrors and glass. The size and weight of the props mean the performers’ movements have to be slow and careful.
‘I was interested in how an audience might feel uneasy as they were caught looking at themselves in the performance. In a way, narcissism is the nature of the medium’ – Joan Jonas
Meanwhile, at low tide, the exhibition extends outside for Jonas’ performance ‘Delay Delay (London Version) 2018’, an outdoor ritual performed on the shore of the River Thames.
The six night programme features performances by Jonas, the celebrated jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey and Chilean-American artist Sylvia Palacios Whitman.
Silvia Palacios Whitman: Passing Through
A contemporary of Joan Jonas, Sylvia Palacios Whitman creates fantastical live images that exaggerate the everyday through their simple actions and deadpan humour. In an evening of performance titled ‘Around the Edge’, eight key works will be presented: Human Paper Coil; Cup and Tail; Cat’s Cradle; Mummies; Negatives; Cloud; Green Hands; and Elephant Trunk. 23 March 2018 at 19.00–22.00. Tickets from £15, bookable at shop.tate.
BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights is curated by Catherine Wood, Senior Curator of International Art (Performance), Isabella Maidment, Assistant Curator, Performance and Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film).
For times and tickets, visit Tate.