Miranda July

  • Lucretia Tye Jasmine, Daybreak, ca. 1989, 16 mm, color and black-and-white, sound, 10 minutes. From Miranda July’s Joanie 4 Jackie, The Underwater Chainletter, 1996. From the series Chainletter Tapes, 1995–2007.

    Joanie 4 Jackie

    THE GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE in Los Angeles recently acquired the archives of Joanie 4 Jackie (J4J), the feminist video “chain letter” begun by artist, filmmaker, and writer Miranda July in 1995. Art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson, who worked on the project in its early years, spoke with July to reflect on its history, this accession, and the launch of joanie4jackie.com.

    JULIA BRYAN-WILSON: What was the motivation behind Joanie 4 Jackie?

    MIRANDA JULY: J4J was an underground network for circulating videos. I invited self-identified girls and women to make and send me short movies, and I would send