Coming Soon

Joan Jonas: I Know Why They Left

January 23 - October 14, 2019
Fenway Gallery

I Know Why They Left is a new series of drawings by the 2017 Artist-in-Residence Joan Jonas, centered on the vast array of mythical and archetypal animals present in the Museum’s collection.

Drawn from lace, stone, metal, wood, tapestries, and paintings, the animal figures allude to the importance of nature’s life-force and our disruptive human presence. Jonas’s ability to conjure wonder, fear, and humor through poetic images are just some of the reasons why her work has a magical effect on us.

The Artist-in-Residence Program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, the Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Barbara Lee Program Fund. This exhibition is also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.