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In Conversation: Joan Jonas and Shirin Neshat in celebration of Snakes and Butterflies

Join us for a conversation with Joan Jonas and Shirin Neshat on Jonas' Snakes and Butterflies, a special limited edition print portfolio published by Noire Edition/Gallery in collaboration with Giulia Theodoli. Jonas and Neshat, who published projects with Noire Editions in 2018 and 1998, will have a wide-ranging conversation on the arc of their practices of artmaking, storytelling, ritual, and drawing.

Created during the production of The Shape the Scent the Feel of Things (2004-2007), Jonas' edition includes images of snakes and butterflies, taken from a sketchbook with pages inspired by the writings of the German art historian Aby Warburg (1866 - 1929). Warburg's writings documented his visits to the southwest of America, during which he experienced the rich culture of the indigenous populations of that area, namely the Hopi. In particular, Warburg wrote about the snake dance that Jonas would later witness in a Hopi pueblo during her trip to Arizona in the 1960s which she was deeply influenced by.

Snakes and Butterflies is available for purchase in The Drawing Center's bookstore throughout the run of the exhibition Joan Jonas: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral.