The Joan Jonas Knowledge Base

Joan Jonas, 1973, Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll, Photo: Béatrice Heyligers

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As a project of the Artist Archives Initiative based at New York University, the Joan Jonas Knowledge Base offers in-depth information about selected artworks and exhibition case studies. It is a resource intended for curators, conservators, exhibition designers, performers, and other art world professionals along with academic researchers to aid in the future exhibition and study of Jonas’s work. The material contained in the resource primarily comes from the artist’s personal archive. Additional sources were museum archives, archives of photographers, galleries, university libraries, and other public and private archives and foundations where we found museum and performance documentation of the case studies, photographs, videos, publications, and exhibition ephemera. These materials allowed us to conduct interviews with the artist and people she worked with throughout her career.

Barbara Clausen, PhD: Curator and Associate Professor, Art History Department, Vice Dean of Research and Creation, Faculty of the Arts, University of Quebec in Montreal

ACADEMIC RESEARCH DIRECTOR | Glenn Wharton: Professor, Art History and Conservation of Material Culture; Chair, UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials, University of California, Los Angeles

TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH DIRECTOR | Deena Engel: Clinical Professor Emerita, Department of Computer Science, Courant Institute of. Mathematical Sciences, New York University


Ute Meta Bauer
Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

Melitte Buchman
Independent Researcher

Fiammetta Griccioli
Curator, Pirelli Hangar Biccoca, Milan

Chrissie Iles
Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

Ana Janevski
Curator, Department of Media & Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art

Kelly Kivland
Curator, Dia Art Foundation, New York

Pip Laurenson
Head of Collection Care Research, Tate

André Lepecki
Associate Professor, Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Andrea Lissoni
Senior Curator, International Art, Tate Modern

Joanna Phillips
Director, Conservation Center, City of Düsseldorf

Ann Reynolds
Associate Professor, Art History, The University of Texas at Austin

Catherine Wood
Senior Curator, International Art (Performance), Tate Modern

Lori Zippay
Director Emeritus, Electronic Arts Intermix, New York


Kristin Poor
Art & Archaeology, Princeton University


Lozana Rossenova
London South Bank University / Rhizome


Brandon Eng
Institute of Fine Arts, NYU


Nesma Belkhodja, Computer Science, NYU
Amrit Dhillon, Museum Studies, NYU
Taylor Healy, Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Allison Kalb, Université du Québec à Montreal, Art History
Alhena Katsof, Performance Studies, TISCH School of the Arts, NYU
Michelle Kvetnoy, Computer Science, NYU
JooHee Kim, Museum Studies, NYU
Ricardo dos Santos Almeida Nunes, Computer Science, NYU
Camille Richard, Histoire de l’art, Université du Québec à Montréal
Tracy Robinson, Museum Studies, NYU
Melissa Tincopa, Museum Studies, NYU


Kristin Poor, Art & Archaeology, Princeton University
Jeanne Dreskin, Editor and researcher
Geneviève Marcil  Editor and researcher


We thank the Joan Jonas Studio and the following organizations for providing us with access to their archives:

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
de Appel Foundation, Amsterdam
Dia Art Foundation, New York
Documenta Archives
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
Fales Library, Bobst Library, New York University
Festival d’Automne, Paris
Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA, Kyoto
LIMA Foundation, Amsterdam
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles
MACBA, Barcelona
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
Malmö Konsthall, Malmo
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK), Vienna
Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal
Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Queens Museum, New York
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Tate Modern, London
Texas Gallery, Houston
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


Suzanne Deal Booth
The Center for Humanities, New York University
The New York University Arts Council
Social Sciences Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant, Canada
The Polonsky Foundation Digital Humanities Internship Program, New York University
SSHRC Insight Developement Grant, Art History Department, University of Quebec Montreal, Canada
Faculté des Arts, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada