Introduction to 1990s Notebooks by Joan Jonas
These notebooks date from around the period when I was working on the preparations for the exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. I think in the ‘90s and until the present, because of video documentation, more or less a lot of it is in the video, that energy. And later, when I started teaching full time I would use them as a combination. I’d use part of the notebook for my teaching and part for my own work.
—Joan Jonas, April 2020
For further reading, see Notebooks Introduction by Joan Jonas.
Note on Selection of Notebook Pages
The selected notebook pages are indicative of the ways in which Jonas was reflecting on her own work around the time of her 1994 retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum, where she developed installation forms for many of her performances for the first time. The selected pages include a drawing for an installation version of Mirage.
Note on Notebook Numbering
In recent years, Jonas’s notebooks were assigned numbers and approximate dates to aid in tracking and inventorying them. The numbers are not strictly chronological as several notebooks were often in use at any given moment, and were often returned to later.