Preview: Jason Moran at Tate Modern

Pianist Jason Moran plays two nights at the Tate Modern as part of a new exhibition celebrating the work of performance artist Joan Jonas

Moran (pictured right) will be part of Tate Modern’s second annual BMW Tate Live Exhibition in March 2018, in the gallery’s subterranean Tanks. Joan Jonas, a pioneer of performance art, will be the focus of this year's Tate Live, coinciding with a major survey of her work in the galleries above.

Over 10 days and six nights, BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2018 will showcase Jonas’s performances and installations including ground-breaking works which have not been staged for 40 years. Her work will be presented in dialogue with artists including Moran, Mark Leckey, Sylvia Palacios Whitman and Jumana Emil Abboud. Throughout the exhibition’s 10 days, visitors will be invited to explore a series of installations in the Tanks. These will include Reanimation, an environment made from projected footage of Arctic landscapes and light refracted through dozens of hanging crystals. Also on display will be two early sculptural works by Jonas: Cones/May Windows (After Mirage) 1976 and Stage Sets 1977.

The six-night programme will open with Jonas (pictured left by Moira Ricci) performing live together with Moran, who has been her long-time collaborator. The third and fourth nights will be dedicated to three performances from a formative period in Jonas’s career: Mirror Check, Mirror Piece II and Mirage. The final weekend will focus on Chilean-American artist Sylvia Palacios Whitman who, like Jonas, came to prominence in New York in the 1970s. The last night will also feature a participatory performance by Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey. In addition to the ticketed evening programme, there will be daily free performances of Jonas’s Mirror Piece II and at low tide the exhibition will extend on to the banks of the Thames for a new version of Jonas’s performance Delay Delay.

The Joan Jonas exhibition in the Tate Modern Tanks takes place from 16-25 March. Evening performances are on 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24 March - Jason Moran performs on 16 and 17.

For more information about the exhibition and performances please go to the Tate Modern website.

Bruce Lindsay

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