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New York's MoMA explores Yoko Ono's influence through her early art

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 02:13

The Museum of Modern Art puts Yoko Ono's early work on display. Alicia Powell reports.

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Artist Yoko Ono's career spans more than five decades and the Museum of Modern Art is celebrating her achievements with an exhibition of her early works. "Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971," includes about 125 early art pieces, works on paper, films, installations, performances and audio recordings. As early as 1962, Ono considered paintings as things that are described rather than realized, an idea that predates conceptual art. Curator Christophe Cherix says the show is designed to let the works speak for themselves, so each piece could be understood on its own and how it is connected to the others. SOUNDBITE: Christophe Cherix, Curator, saying (English): "We really tired to understand what were her key contributions in the first decade of her practice. And narrowed down to the pieces we felt really the most influence today." The show begins with "Apple," Ono's 1964 work showing a piece of fruit on a Plexiglas pedestal and includes "Bag Piece," in which two people enter a cloth bag. "To See The Sky" is a new work created for the exhibition, and is one of Ono's favorites. SOUNDBITE: Yoko Ono, artist, saying (English): "I like 'To See the Sky' because I did all the sky ladders, some of them were this low. And this is the highest that I went." Cherix says the show focuses on Ono's early career because few people know when she met Lennon she already was a respected artist. SOUNDBITE: Christophe Cherix, Curator, saying (English): "We feel it has long been overshadowed. Yoko Ono is a very well-known figure, but few people know that when she met John Lennon she had ten years behind her as an artist - and she was well-known. Not as well-known as she become." The exhibit runs from May 17 through Sept. 7.

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New York's MoMA explores Yoko Ono's influence through her early art

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 02:13