About JJH

Where politics and art meet

Jeanette Joy Harris is a Houston-based artist, writer, curator and speaker interested in the intersection of performance, political dialogue, and embodiment. Joy completed her MscR in history of art at University of Edinburgh College of Art where her dissertation on performance artists as creators of judicial bodies earned her a mark of distinction. She completed a BA in government (political theory focus) with a minor in philosophy (Continental philosophy) from Texas Woman’s University. She was a scholar in residence at the Hannah Arendt Institute at Bard College and is currently on the management committee for Experimental Action, Houston’s performance art festival biennial.

Joy has presented papers at University of Cambridge, University of Brighton, University of Edinburgh, New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society, and the Hannah Arendt Circle on a variety of topics including the precarious tension between performances as works of art versus political action. She  guest lectures at Texas Woman’s University, University of North Texas, and Houston Community College. Recent topics include Hannah Arendt’s  Origins of Totalitarianism and performance art, Richard Rorty and the problem of pluralism, the imagery of lynching, and the social practice artist Suzanne Lacy.

Joy will be presenting at the American Political Science Association “New Frontiers of Democracy” conference at Tufts University in June 2019 and will be facilitating an introduction to performance art course at the Jung Center Houston in August 2019.

Joy’s art practice is project-based. Research points her to challenging issues where she develops multi-discipline responses between thinkers, performers, and participants.  She has shown work in London, the Netherlands, Venice (IT), Brindisi (IT), Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Miami, Chicago, and Houston. Joy workshopped with the International Performance Association in conjunction with Venice International Performance Art Week (Italy). Click here for art portfolio. 

Joy currently writes an ongoing series of articles, “Art of Politics, Politics of Art,” for Political Animal Magazine and is a contributing writer for Experimental Action. Click here for full list of publications.

Contact: jjoyharris@gmail.com