Oh, Yoko. Yoko Ono is one of the most polarizing women in pop culture. Just the mention of her name creates debate among Beatles fans. But there’s little doubt that she’s one of the most interesting artists of her time — as witnessed in the Museum of Modern Art’s first solo exhibition of her work (May 17-September 7, 2015). The “One Woman Show” chronicles her work from 1960 to 1971, the year of Ono’s unofficial first exhibition at MoMA, when she released flies on the grounds and invited visitors to follow their journey. She titled it, cheekily, Museum of Modern [F]art.
But provocation has always been Ono’s strength. Think, she asks of her audience then and now. The current show will include everything from sketches and written pieces to recordings and films, and expressed her thoughts on gender, race and class issues and anti-war sentiments. And for anyone keeping tabs, this includes the timeframe John Lennon walked into one of her installations, climbed up a ladder, peered through a magnifying glass and read ‘yes’ painted in tiny letters, sparking one of the most famous love affairs in modern history. MoMA will display the couple’s impassioned War Is Over! If you want it. piece from their 1969 bed-in. Regardless of whether you are pro-Ono or not, the exhibition is a celebration at last of an artist who has left her mark on New York City.
Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971
May 17-September 7, 2015
11 West 53rd Street
NY, NY 10019