The Yoko Ono’s Touch Piece: A Work in Multiple Media, 1960-2008 presentation was shown on Friday, March 9th in the McCastlain Lecture hall at 4:30 p.m.
Ono’s collection presentation was a part of the 22nd Arkansas College Art History Symposium. Kevin Concannon from Virginia Tech University took students, staff, and visitors through Ono’s fine arts timeline, including a detailed focus on her “touch poems.” The lecture was given in a relaxing setting on a project with the lights turned low. The slides reflected different pieces of her artwork, clips of Ono on television, and snippets of her featured songs.
One focus piece was a touch poem from 1960 that was presented at the New York Living Theatre. Cocannon quoted Ono about her style of art saying “I was thinking about braille.”
Since Ono has her own unique art style that not many can understand, in 1962 she performed a concert explaining how to make her paintings. She also made many television premieres to help her movement of “touch pieces.” She was brought on the Mike Douglas Show in 1972 where she got audience members involved with her work. She had audience members to interact with each other by getting them to pass around a cardboard. But, while passing around the cardboard, each person had to physically come in contact with one another. The point she was trying to reach was if everyone touched each other, by the end of the activity, every person would have come in contact with everyone in the room who was invloved.
Cocannon also went into detail about Ono’s “Remember Us” which is from a group of work titled “Our Beautiful Daughters.” “Remember Us” features various female body parts, made of silicone, packed into small boxes. As time progressed, viewers came to view the piece and it started to become worn out with chunks missing and different kinds of indentions. According to Ono, the damages on the body parts represented the many things women go through. “This piece will connect to audiences worldwide,” Ono said.
During Ono’s successful art career, she also began a music career. During her career, Ono and her band (Plastic Ono Band & Something Different) released hits such as “Kiss, Kiss, Kiss” from Double Fantasy in 1980, and popular albums like “Feeling the Space.”
Former art history major Hector Garcia was in attendance at the lecture as a fan. “I’m here because of interest.” Garcia said. “I couldn’t make it to the previous symposium, but my interest in art history brought me here today.”
There werent many viewers in attendance, but the small crowd did stay alert during the interesting and humorous lecture in Ono’s honor.
The lecture was followed by a presentation of student artwork in the McCastlain art gallery .
Cocannon presented the second lecture for the Art History Sympossium, “War is Over If You Want It: John and Yoko’s Year of Peace,” on 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
“War is Over If You Want It: John and Yoko’s Year of Peace” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.