CULTURE & ARTS
08/11/2014 09:06 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pioneering Female Performance Artist Joan Jonas Talks 'Fiction' On PBS

If you're a fan of the "Art21" series, PBS's gem of a program dedicated to art in the 21st century, we have a treat for you. Over the next few months, we'll be previewing clips from the series, giving a sneak peek into the experiences of artists like Trevor Paglen, Graciela Iturbide, Wolfgang Laib and the female pioneer of video and performance art -- Joan Jonas.

To kick off our celebration of the series' seventh season -- set to debut on October 24, 2014 -- we have a short video of Ms. Jonas explaining a reconfigured version of her 1969 performance "Mirror Piece I." Watch the glory of the American artist above.

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“I’m aware of what could be read into things," Jonas remarks in the season 7 episode "Fiction."

"I don’t like to talk about the symbolism, it puts too much meaning into it. I like it to be what it is in a very concrete way.”

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For more on Joan Jonas, check out our 2013 interview with the theatrical icon here.

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