Most famous for her relationship with John Lennon, Yoko Ono has a considerable—if unusual—oeuvre of her own. In 1964, she performed Cut Piece, in which she appeared on stage draped with fabric that she invited audiences to snip away, leaving her nude. Later, she made experimental films centered on human buttocks, and installed Wish Tree in the sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art.
Maintaining an empty multimillion-dollar apartment in a Manhattan co-op building would seem a not-unlikely avant garde maneuver for Ms. Ono, and for years she did just that. Ms. Ono’s son Sean occupied the penthouse at 49 Downing Street, which Ms. Ono purchased in 1995, only briefly, but an October lawsuit against the co-op board suggested that the unit’s vacancy was not a performance art piece. (Ms. Ono claimed that the board arbitrarily blocked potential buyers because they preferred the penthouse empty, rather than occupied by a family with children.)
Yoko Ono turned 80 this year, which means that parties begin and end earlier for her. The launch of her new book of poetry, Acorn, on the rooftop of the Refinery Hotel, started at 5:30 p.m., and it wasn’t exactly a rager. The bar was airy and felt more like a painter’s studio.
Acorn is Read More
After an all-too-brief West Coast jaunt to Palm Springs and La Jolla for spicy juice cleanses and grueling workouts, Shindigger returned to the New York scene just in time for what one exhausted publicist called “official gala week,” which happened to coincide with the social-calendar assault that is the Tribeca Film Festival.
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On a recent warm, sunny morning, Linda Pagan was in full Kentucky Derby mode weeks ahead of the race, shuffling hurriedly about The Hat Shop, the charming Soho boutique she has owned and operated for nearly 20 years.
Every April for the past decade or so, Ms. Pagan has seen hat sales skyrocket in the Read More
When theater producers are presented with scripts they deem too twisted, experimental, gigantic or just plain crazy to ever be put on stage, “unproducible” is the rejection-letter shorthand that they use. For playwrights, the label is discouraging at best, infuriating at worst.
But on a recent Saturday night, “unproducible” content took center stage at the Read More
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Julianne Moore really can do it all, can’t she? The newly minted Emmy winner and perennial Oscar nominee takes a break from her low-key West Village lifestyle to host a benefit for Positive Exposure, an arts nonprofit designed to change public perception of genetic and cognitive differences. Her fellow hosts include designer Ralph Rucci and Read More
Yoko Ono showed up in stylish and stylized basement of the Ace Hotel this morning to give an award the LennonOno grant for Peace to Pussy Riot, the imprisoned Russian punk band.
“I thank Pussy Riot for standing firmly for freedom of expression and making all women proud,” said Ms. Ono, enunciating the band’s name in her signature clipped tone. The grant is awarded every two years as a tribute Ms. Ono’s late husband, John Lennon.
In a city of luxurious apartments and coveted addresses, there are a few that rise above the rest. A fabulous apartment with a 100-foot stretch of windows facing Central Park, seven working fireplaces and two balconies might do the trick. Especially if it happens to be in the famed and fabled Dakota.
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Well, well, well. Look who’s leaving the Dakota for Soho.
Yoko Ono has leased 10,000 square feet along the cobblestone streets where she will exhibit her late husband’s artwork for four days this weekend. 76 Wooster Street, a four-story brick building between Spring and Broome, will house Gimme Some Truth, a “visual tribute for John Lennon’s 71st birthday,” on view October 7-10.
Thirty years ago, John Lennon was gunned down outside his Central Park West home, so it stands to reason the Dakota would have decent security.
Apparently not, as Yoko Ono bumped into a Korean tourist who had snuck into the building to snap pictures on the roof. (It is pretty picturesque Read More