Garage Museum of Contemporary Arts presents YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015, a global gathering at sunrise on June 21, 2015, organized by MoMA PopRally. The program is celebrating the MoMA exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 and the 50th anniversary of Yoko Ono’s New York performance of Morning Piece (1964) to George Maciunas.
Morning Piece was first performed in Tokyo in 1964 and again on the roof of Ono’s apartment building at 87 Christopher Street in September 1965. At these events, attendees gathered at sunrise, and Ono sold artworks with typewritten pieces of paper attached to glass and other materials. Each specified a future date and a particular period of morning (e.g., “February 3, 1987 after sunrise,” “January 1, 1972 all morning”). Ono would inform buyers, “You can see the sky through it,” and offer them the possibility of possessing something intangible: a future morning.
Referencing the original work, YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015 is a sunrise gathering activated by events across the globe, allowing the celebration to continue for 24 hours as the sun rises in different time zones.
Beginning at 3:40 am, Garage's rooftop terrace will play host to a program of performances, live music, public talks, and open workshops from local artists and practitioners. In celebration of International Yoga Day, Garage will also involve visitors in the three-hour yoga session Peace Practice. The activities will take place until 12:25 pm, when the sun will rise over New York City and MoMA will take over the celebrations. The first 50 visitors will receive A Brief History of New Music by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Beyond the eight official events at partner institutions, individuals are encouraged to host their own events according to the following instructions:
On the solstice at sunrise
celebrate mornings of
past, future, and now.
Listen to the world.
Touch each other
when the sun comes up.
y.o. spring 2015
YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015 is organized by The Museum of Modern Art in New York in partnership with the Fondazione La Triennale di Milano (Milan), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul), the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), M+ (Hong Kong), the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Tokyo).
All participants are encouraged to share their experiences on social media via the hashtag #YokoOnoPeace, and posts will be aggregated online on the official YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015 Tagboard. An additional hashtag especially for the event at in Moscow will be #YokoOnoGarage.
YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015 is presented by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and organized by MoMA PopRally
Organized at Garage by Anastasia Mityushina, Garage Curator