MIT artist Joan Jonas wins Kyoto Prize

The honors keep coming for artist Joan Jonas, a professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jonas, a pioneer in video and performance art, was selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious contemporary-art exhibition, in 2015. That was after she’d already earned the Guggenheim’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Now Jonas has won the 2018 Kyoto Prize, billed as Japan’s highest private award for global achievement. Announced by the Inamori Foundation, the prize goes to important figures in the fields of advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy. Each winner will get a 20-karat gold medal, a diploma, and a cool $915,000, to be bestowed at a ceremony this November in Kyoto, Japan. The winners will present lectures and workshops there before reconvening in San Diego in March 2019 for a Kyoto Prize Symposium.