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BMW Tate Live Exhibition Joan Jonas: Early Works

Joan Jonas, Mirage 1976 performance at the Anthology Film Archives, New York, 1976. Photo: Babette Mangolte © 1976 Babette Mangolte.

Revisit three pioneering works by Joan Jonas

A focus on three of Joan Jonas’s earliest ground-breaking performances: Mirror Check 1970, Mirror Piece II 1969 and Mirage 1976.

For the BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2018, Jonas has returned to these formative works and reimagined each performance for the specific spaces of the Tanks. The logic of remaking is integral to Jonas’s work. She describes each performance as ‘situation’-specific, specific to the space and time in which it is shown.

On display throughout Ten Days Six Nights is Jonas’s Reanimation 2010/12/13 a mesmerizing installation scored by Jason Moran presented in the East Tank. On view in the Transformer galleries are three important early works by Jonas: Cones/May Windows (After Mirage) 1976/2011; Stage Sets 1977, and the video Wind 1968. The Tanks foyer hosts a newly commissioned installation and performances by Jumana Emil Abboud that draw on Palestinian folklore and fairy tales.


19.00 Installations open
19.30 Joan Jonas Mirror Check, Mirror Piece II and Mirage
22.00 Installations close

Tate Modern

The Tanks

London SE1 9TG
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20 March 2018 at 19.00–22.00

21 March 2018 at 19.00–22.00

Please arrive promptly for the performance. Latecomers will not be admitted.



See the Joan Jonas exhibition with a combined performance and exhibition ticket. (Exhibition ticket valid until 5 August 2018 on visits during normal opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 10.00-18.00, Friday & Saturday 10.00-22.00.) 

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