Joan Jonas

Joan Jonas to Represent United States at 2015 Venice Biennale

“Joan Jonas, a pioneering figure in performance and video art, has been chosen to represent the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Ms. Jonas, 78, was selected by the State Department’s bureau of educational and cultural affairs, which promotes cultural exchanges worldwide. Paul C. Ha, the director of the M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass., proposed Ms. Jonas and will be commissioner of the exhibition. He will organize it together with Ute Meta Bauer, the director of the Center for Contemporary Art at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

“Joan has been a visionary for such a long time,’’ Mr. Ha said in a telephone interview. “Yet she hasn’t had much exposure in Venice.’’ And although she is a born and bred New Yorker, Ms. Jonas is better known in Europe than she is here. more

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