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World-renowned artist Joan Jonas to speak as part of Mixed Media Series

What: Fall Mixed Media Lecture Series 

Where: Brown Center, Falvey Hall,1301 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore

When: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5

BALTIMORE — Next month, world-renowned artist Joan Jonas — whose work encompasses a wide range of media including video, performance, installation, sound, text and sculpture — will speak at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as a part of the college’s annual Mixed Media Series.

MICA’s Mixed Media Series brings notable art makers, designers and thinkers to campus to fuse our community with their insight and practices. The aim of this series is to build imaginative public events that showcase the diversity of practice in our fields and the complex relationship between creativity and the world around us. Earlier this fall, MICA and the ACLU of Maryland held its annual Constitution Day symposium, which tackled topics that have affected democracy for decades, in the first Mixed Media event of the semester. 

Jonas will speak at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. The event is free and open to the public. 

Joan Jonas' experiments and productions in the late 1960s and early 1970s continue to be crucial to the development of many contemporary art genres, from performance and video to conceptual art and theater. Working between mediums and across genres — like biography, mythology and folklore — she has animated countless intellectual and artistic experiments in translation, technology and narrative. She is often said to be a pioneer, but her work is frequently a site of collaboration. Since 1968, her practice has explored ways of seeing, the rhythms of rituals and the authority of objects and gestures. 

Jonas was born in New York in 1936. She studied at Mount Holyoke and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before returning to the city and receiving her MFA in sculpture from Columbia University in 1965.

Her work has been the subject of retrospectives at many museums in Europe and the United States. Jonas represented the United States at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, and has participated in six editions of Documenta in Kassel. 

She is currently Professor Emerita in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Program in Art, Culture and Technology in Boston, and is the author of reference texts on the performing arts. Jonas is the recipient of fellowships and grants, and in 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Kyoto Prize, which is presented to those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of mankind. She lives and works in New York.