Aieeee! MoMA to host Yoko Ono exhibition

Aieeee! MoMA to host Yoko Ono exhibition
Yoko Ono performing in 2010 with the Plastic Ono Band at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Yoko Ono — transgressive conceptual artist, widow of John Lennon, bane of Beatles fans, peace activist and enduring feminist icon — will receive a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2015, the organization announced on Thursday.

The exhibition, "Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971," is scheduled to open May 17 for a four-month run. The museum is billing it as its first exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of the Japanese-born artist.


The decade covered by the exhibition saw Ono burst onto the international art scene and rise to even greater heights of stardom with her marriage to Lennon.

MoMA said that the show will feature 125 of Ono's early objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings and films as well as rarely seen archival materials.

In addition, visitors will be invited to participate in various interactive pieces, including her early performance work "Bag Piece." In the early years of her career, Ono gained notoriety for her bizarre performances in which she screamed and made strange noises.

In 1971, Ono made her unofficial MoMA debut with a solo show titled "Museum of Modern [F]art." But visitors didn't find much art on display and instead were invited to track down flies that the artist had released.

Ono, 81, remains active and continues to create art and perform in rock concerts. Last year, she published the book "Acorn," a volume dedicated to her thoughts.

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