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MoMA Announces 2015 Yoko Ono Show

Works by Yoko Ono, poster, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, November 24, 1961. Photograph by George Maciunas. Courtesy The Museum Of Modern Art, New York.

Works by Yoko Ono, poster, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, November 24, 1961.

GEORGE MACIUNAS/©2014 GEORGE MACIUNAS/THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK, THE GILBERT AND LILA SILVERMAN FLUXUS COLLECTION GIFT, 2008

Today the Museum Of Modern art announced its first solo exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of Yoko Ono. Titled “Yoko Ono: One Women show, 1960-1971,” it will run from May 17 to September 7, 2015.

The show will focus on what the museum calls “the decisive decade”–works made by Ono between 1960 and 1971–and will culminate in the artist’s unofficial 1971 MoMA debut, which involved Ono releasing flies onto the museum grounds and inviting the public to track them as they moved out of the building and into the city at large.

Also appearing in the show will be approximately 125 of Ono’s early works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films, all which will be shown alongside rare archival materials. Additionally, Ono’s signature interactive Bag Piece (1964) will be on display along with other interactive works including Painting to Be Stepped On (1960/61).

Materials from the exhibition draw heavily from MoMA’s 2008 acquisition of the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift, which beefed up the museum’s Ono holdings substantially, adding approximately 100 of the artist’s works and related ephemera to their collection.

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