Yoko Ono turns 84 today (February 18th), and while many remember her for being the wife of the late John Lennon, Ono is a revered performance artist in her own right. In honor of Ono’s birthday, here’s three very different (and very unique) performance art pieces from her.
This is one of Ono’s most notable performances form 1965 where she sat on stage in a black dress with a pair of scissors and invited members of the audience to cut off parts of her dress.
This video is solely for academic assessment purposes - specifically Monash University's JRN2201 Online Journalism unit, Semester 1 (2010). I put together this video by combining original interview material with non-original footage of Yoko Ono's iconic "Cut Piece" performance art and non-original music (all of which have been credited within the video).
“Voice Piece For Soprano & Wish Tree”
Here Ono is in 2010 at an exhibit at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.
Yoko Ono will be performing occasionally in conjunction with the exhibition Contemporary Art from the Collection. Exhibition on view through May 9, 2011 Voice Piece for Soprano presented through November 28, 2010. Video courtesy of Yoko Ono © 2010 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
“Sky Piece To Jesus Christ”
Lastly, here’s Ono at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in 2013 doing an “Action Piece” painting. (Around the 7:35 mark.)
Yoko Ono's legendary performance 'Sky Piece to Jesus Christ' is followed by Yoko Ono doing her 'Action Piece' painting, clearing the air in a scream, and then introducing a 'Promise Piece', in this video from Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2013. In Sky Piece to Jesus Christ (1965) the members of a chamber orchestra are wrapped in gauze bandages.
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