The Museum of Modern Art announced this afternoon that it will mount a solo show of Yoko Ono’s work in May 2015. Ono has a long history with the museum—in 1971, she had a show there cleverly titled Museum of Modern [F]art. When excited crowds came to see art by John Lennon’s wife, they found that the whole thing simply consisted of a wall label outside the museum advertising that Ono had released flies on the grounds and the public was invited to track them through the city. She advertised the show and even printed up a catalogue for it.
Forty years later, Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 will be a bit more palpable. The exhibition will survey the works from the tumultuous decade that led up to her 1971 performance art action, including objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films. In typical Ono fashion, many of the works demand audience participation and toy with preconceived notions about what viewing art should entail.
Ono, who made our list of the 100 most powerful women in the art world, was also awarded the Brooklyn Museum’s Women in the Arts Award in 2012.
Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art from May 17 to September 7, 2015.