Joan Jonas, “Reading Dante” (2009)


“One of the highlights of Performa 09 is Joan Jonas’s “Reading Dante II,” which began its five-night run (with one matinee) at the Performing Garage Tuesday night. It amounts to a 60-minute multimedia collage in the round with moving parts and a smorgasbord of audio accompaniment. This includes music, loud crashes, traffic noises, and voices reading fragments of the work’s inspiration: the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso of Dante’s Divine Comedy.” [. . .]    –Roberta Smith, The New York Times, November 11, 2009

See also Joan Jonas on Dante in Artforum and in Performa: The Performing Garage

Contributed by Aisha Woodward (Bowdoin, ’08)