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"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show (1960-1971)" Debuts at the Museum of Modern Art
On May 17, 2015, “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show (1960-1971)” made its debut at the Museum of Modern Art. Featuring an archive of pieces from Yoko Ono’s past, the exhibition ironically pays homage to Yoko Ono’s unauthorized exhibition at the MOMA in 1971, a work she titled “Museum of Modern (F)art,” which called viewers to follow flies Ono had released in the MOMA around the city.
With approximately 125 of Ono’s pieces on display, “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show (1960-1971)” highlights art Ono made in the eleven years prior to her release of “Museum of Modern (F)art.” Displaying Ono’s works in a variety of mediums, the show’s multiple galleries house a selection of Ono’s installations, texts, performances, and films. The exhibition includes notable pieces, like “Grapefruit” (1964), Ono’s iconic book of instructions, as well as interactive works that call for viewer participation, like “Painting to Be Stepped On” (1960/61) and Ono’s famed performance art in “Bag Piece” (1964).
Located on the sixth floor of the MOMA, “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show (1960-1971)” is presented chronologically, and visitors are invited to experience the exhibition both backward and forward; the space provides for various viewing paths, which intersect to emphasize key ideas in Ono’s art. As the paths converge and split, attendees have the opportunity to peek into a pivotal decade of Ono’s life as an artist.
“Yoko Ono: One Woman Show (1960-1971)” will be on display at the MOMA through September 7, 2015.
WRITTEN BY: JANE CLAIRE HERVEY
PHOTO CREDIT: THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART