New Jersey City University, The Visual Arts Gallery
100 Culver Avenue, 201-200-3246
October 26 - December 8, 2008
Reception: Sunday, October 26, 3 - 6 PM
YOKO ONO IMAGINE PEACE, featuring John & Yoko’s Year of Peace, curated by Kevin Concannon and John Noga for the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at The University of Akron in Ohio, is concluding its tour at NJCU Galleries after traveling to University of Texas San Antonio Art Gallery in San Antonio, Texas and Samek Art Gallery in Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
The exhibition focuses on the thematic ideals of peace and love, and follows the work of Yoko Ono and John Lennon chronologically as solo artists, as a couple in the 1960s, and also includes Ono’s recent solo works. Yoko Ono’s career has spanned six decades. Beginning in the 1950s, she has been a pioneer of developing new art forms, moving between art forms, and moving freely between genres from avant-garde to pop. In the 1960s, Ono was an important Fluxus, Performance Art and conceptual Art.
Yoko Ono Imagine Peace will showcase interactive works by Ono which demonstrate her long-standing ambition to involve individuals in the process of achieving peace through the power of imagination. The exhibition will include installations that are designed to help visitors spread the message of love and peace worldwide through use of stamps, postcards, flashlights, and buttons (see image of Ono stamping “imagine peace” on a map in 2006 Belgium exhibition, above). These works include: Play it by Trust; Imagine Peace; Onochord; and the Imagine Peace Tower, in Reykjavik, Iceland, which was dedicated on John Lennon’s birthday, October 9, 2007.