• Left to right: The Honorable Kirk W. Wagar, U.S Ambassador to Singapore; Professor Ute Meta Bauer, director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (and former director of MIT ACT); MIT ACT Professor Emerita Joan Jonas; Paul C. Ha, director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center; and John Tirman, executive director and principal research scientist at the Center for International Studies.

    Left to right: The Honorable Kirk W. Wagar, U.S Ambassador to Singapore; Professor Ute Meta Bauer, director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (and former director of MIT ACT); MIT ACT Professor Emerita Joan Jonas; Paul C. Ha, director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center; and John Tirman, executive director and principal research scientist at the Center for International Studies.

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  • Professor Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA Singapore director and former director of MIT ACT director, gives a tour at the opening of

    Professor Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA Singapore director and former director of MIT ACT director, gives a tour at the opening of "They Come to Us without a Word" at NTU CCA Singapore.

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  • Installation view: Joan Jonas,

    Installation view: Joan Jonas, "They Come to Us without a Word," NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Jan. 22-April 3, 2016.

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    Production still: Joan Jonas, "They Come to Us without a Word," 2015.

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  • Installation view: Joan Jonas,

    Installation view: Joan Jonas, "They Come to Us without a Word," NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Jan. 22-April 3, 2016.

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Joan Jonas in Singapore

Left to right: The Honorable Kirk W. Wagar, U.S Ambassador to Singapore; Professor Ute Meta Bauer, director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (and former director of MIT ACT); MIT ACT Professor Emerita Joan Jonas; Paul C. Ha, director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center; and John Tirman, executive director and principal research scientist at the Center for International Studies.

First large-scale exhibition in Southeast Asia for pioneering artist and professor emerita


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"They Come to Us without a Word," an exhibition by Joan Jonas, MIT professor emerita in the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT), has opened at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (CCA).

The installation from Jonas — a video and performance pioneer — includes drawings, objects, and videos projected on translucent screens, walls, mirrors, and other surfaces to evoke the fragility of nature and the irreversible impact of human interference on the environmental equilibrium of our planet.

Hailed by The New York Times as “a triumph,” Jonas's installation was organized for the U.S. Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale by the MIT List Visual Arts Center and co-curated by List director Paul Ha. Adapted for the CCA space by Jonas and CCA founding director Ute Meta Bauer, the exhibition in Singapore is the second and only additional scheduled showing of the work. It is the first large-scale exhibition in Singapore and Southeast Asia for Jonas.

Jonas, Ha, and other members of the MIT community, including faculty and alumni, attended the exhibition opening on Jan. 22, with guests of honor U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Kirk W. Wagar and his wife, Crystal Wagar.

"They Come to Us without a Word" will be on view at the CCA through April 3. For more information, visit ntu.ccasingapore.org.


Topics: Arts, Visual arts, Faculty, List Visual Arts Center, Arts, Culture and Technology, Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning

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