new-york

Joan Jonas

Pat Hearn Gallery

If it makes any sense to talk about a video loop as having a conclusion, then the last image of the video component of Joan Jonas’ installation My New Theater II (Big Mirror), 1998, must be that of the artist coaxing her dog to jump through a hoop. The shot sends us back twenty—five years to the other large-scale work in this exhibition, Songdelay, 1973 (the show also included photographs, props, and other works). For that 16mm black-and-white film, now transferred to video, Jonas set herself and fourteen other performers to carrying out a number of tasks or exercises, jumping through hoops among them. Juxtaposing the two works turned out to be a compact way to show how much has changed and how much remained constant in this artist’s career.

Songdelay intercuts a number of scenes of people performing routines that often depend upon their coordinating action and perception. In one such

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