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YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED

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Yoko Ono, Stone Piece (detail), 2015 © Yoko Ono, Photography by Tara Fillion

February 22 to June 3

The Gardiner Museum presents a three-part installation by Yoko Ono, a forerunner of Conceptual art who frequently involves collaboration, audience participation, and social activism in her artwork.

YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED invites visitors to collaborate with the artist, the museum, and each other, participating in the artwork through everyday action and contemplation.

Stone Piece features a pile of river stones that have been honed and shaped by water over time. Ono has inscribed some of the stones with words, such as dream, wish, and remember. Visitors are invited to pick up a stone and hold it, letting go of their fear and anger.

Line Piece is comprised of a series of low tables with notebooks in which visitors are instructed by Ono to “draw a line to take me to the farthest place in our planet.” Visitors are also encouraged to extend a string across the gallery space using hammers and nails to secure it from one point or another, creating a web that will grow and evolve over the course of the exhibition.

Mend Piece reinforces the idea of healing. Fragments of broken ceramic cups and saucers are placed on a table for visitors to reassemble using glue, string, and tape, before positioning them on shelves around the all-white room. In Ono’s words: “As you mend the cup, mending that is needed elsewhere in the Universe gets done as well. Be aware of it as you mend.”

The space also features a small coffee bar where visitors are encouraged to enjoy a cup of coffee together, forming another kind of union.


Exhibition Programs & Events:

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Still from Julieta Maria’s Limpia (2013). Image courtesy of the artist/Pleasure Dome.

Voice Pieces
Friday February 23, 7 – 10 pm
Co-presentation with The Music Gallery
This intimate concert presentation will explore the legacy of Yoko Ono’s instructions.
SOLD OUT

Eyeblink
Eyeblink is a three-part monthly screening and performance series that draws inspiration from Ono’s 1960s and 1970s filmmaking.

Eyeblink: Fires
Myung-Sun Kim and Julieta Maria
Thursday March 15, Doors 7 pm; Start 8 pm
Co-presentation with Pleasure Dome and FADO Performance Art Centre
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Eyeblink: Hashtag Solidarity
Kiera Boult, Sancta Maria, Ninkuru Zinduru, Erica Whyte, blackpowerbarbie, and Myst Milano
Thursday April 26, Doors 8 pm; Start 9 pm
Co-presentation with Xpace Cultural Centre, The RUDE Collective, and Pleasure Dome
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Eyeblink: Smash the Patriarchy
Frances Leeming, Ronnie Clark, Annie Wong, Kelsey Whyte
Thursday May 17, Doors 8 pm; Start 9 pm
Co-presentation with Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery and Pleasure Dome
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IMAGINEPEACE Forum
Monday March 26 and Wednesday May 23, 6:30 – 8 pm
Co-presentation with the Munk School of Global Affairs
Inspired by Yoko Ono’s peace activism, this two-event series moderated by renowned international relations expert Janice Stein, will pair artists with academics to discuss how governments and citizens are shaping their future in the digital space.
March 26: Get tickets
May 23: Get tickets

About the Artist:
Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933) is an artist, musician, filmmaker, and peace activist. In the last sixty years, Ono has continued to play a pioneering role in the international development of Conceptual art, experimental film, and performance art, and has been acknowledged progressively more for these roles. In 2015, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1961-71, which reinforced her influence as one of the most important agents of cultural change. She received a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement from the Venice Biennale in 2009, and the Oskar Kokoschka Prize in 2012, Austria’s highest award for applied contemporary art.


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