MoMA to Give Yoko Ono Her First Official Survey in 2015

The museum makes it official 40 years after she staged a guerrilla "One Woman Show" in its galleries

Cut Piece (1964) performed by Yoko Ono in New Works of Yoko Ono, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, March 21, 1965. (Photograph by Minoru Niizuma. © Minoru Niizuma. Courtesy Lenono Photo Archive, New York)

Cut Piece (1964) performed by Yoko Ono in New Works of Yoko Ono, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, March 21, 1965.
(Photograph by Minoru Niizuma. © Minoru Niizuma. Courtesy Lenono Photo Archive, New York)

 

In 1971, Yoko Ono announced that she was having a “one woman show” at the Museum of Modern Art. But aside from a small sign that pointed to a performance piece involving flies, the show contained no actual work and turned out to be a guerilla stunt by the conceptual artist. Nearly 40 years later, MoMA is honoring the performance artist/painter/musician/peace advocate with her first official solo show at the institution.

Artist Yoko Ono.

Artist Yoko Ono.

“Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971” will be comprised of work from the vital period in her career between 1960 and 1971, and feature 125 objects, works on paper, installations, performances, sound works, film, and ephemera. It will run May 17, 2015 through September 7, 2015 in the museum’s sixth floor galleries. We look forward to the inclusion of interactive pieces such as Painting to Be Stepped On (1960/1961), and Bag Piece (1964).

The show will be organized by MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach; MoMA drawings and prints curator Christophe Cherix; and MoMA curatorial assistant for drawings and prints Francesca Wilmott.

MoMA to Give Yoko Ono Her First Official Survey in 2015