Paul Ramirez Jonas
Visual artist Paul Ramirez Jonas will present a lecture on time, expiration and memory through his work.
The themes of time, expiration and memory are central to visual artist Paul Ramirez Jonas’ work. In his projects, what looks like invention is but a re-enactment and what seems to be an exploration is but walking in someone else’s footsteps. However, not unlike a musician reading from a score or an actor performing from a play, the pre- existence of a text does not preclude passion, enthusiasm, humor and new meanings.
In a Glass Hour is a series devoted to exploring the topic of time from the diverse perspectives of media theorists, scientists, artists, historians, journalists and others. Taking a broadly interdisciplinary approach to this singular subject, the series will point to the elasticity of this pervasive subject.
Paul Ramírez Jonas has an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Brown University. Selected solo exhibitions include The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, Austin; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, and Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK; LFL Gallery, New York; Roger Björkholmen Galleri, Stockholm; and Postmasters Gallery, New York. Group exhibitions include the Gallery for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany; Shanghai Biennial; P.S.1, Long Island City, NY; Seoul Biennial; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Künstlerhaus, Graz, Austria; Johannesburg Biennale; Exit Art, New York; and New Museum, New York. Ramírez Jonas has built permanent public projects in Cambridge, MA, and a permanent public sculpture for the Hudson River Park, New York. His work has been profiled in ArtForum, Zing, ARTnews, The New York Times, and Art in America, among others. Upcoming exhibitions include the 2008 São Paulo Biennial.