| CUT PIECE, YAMAICHI
HALL, KYOTO 1964
April 2, 2004 through May 15, 2004.
Friday, April 2,
2004, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
April 2, 6-8 pm: Praxis, Water Piece
April 10, 4-6 pm :Nancy Hwang, Touch Piece
April 17, 4-6 pm: Praxis, Water Piece
April 24, 6-8 pm:Hiroko Kikuchi, Cut Piece
*Cut Piece, limited for 50 people. R.S.V.P.
Ise Cultural Foundation Gallery, 555 Broadway, Basement
Floor, New York, NY 10012[Between Prince/Spring
Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon-6pm.Closed on
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and
open to the public.
ISE CULTURAL FOUNDATION is pleased to present the
exhibition, "Grapefruit: Yoko Ono in 1964".
The first survey of this kind, the exhibition will
give an in-depth and comprehensive look at a pivotal
year in the career of this internationally acknowledged
artist. In 1964, two significant events took place:
the collection of her instruction pieces, in the book
Grapefruit, an important foundation for Onos
body of work; and the artists decision to move
back to New York after two years of living and working
in Japan. Looking back at her career, in 1999, Ono
explained that many of her works were influenced by
the fact that she is a woman. However, in her recent
exhibitions, Onos early works have been assimilated
into the masculinist languages of Conceptualism and
Fluxus. Except for Cut Piece, her gender doesnt
seem to count among the works made before the gains
won by the feminist movement in the 1970s. The exhibitions
intent, therefore, is not to impose a certain interpretation
on Onos art, but to enable spectators to examine
the various cultural, social, and autobiographical
elements on displayincluding her autobiographical
article My Love, My Conflict, first published
in 1974 in a magazine called Bungei Shunjûand
thus explore her works in her own words as well.
In keeping with the original spirit of 1964, the artists
Nancy Hwang, Hiroko Kikuchi, and the artist collective
Praxis, respectively, will interpret Onos instructions
for Touch Piece, Cut Piece, and Water Piece on three
consecutive Saturday evenings during the exhibition.
"Grapefruit: Yoko Ono in 1964" is curated
and organized by Midori Yamamura as a part of ISE
Cultural Foundations emerging curator series.
Yamamura is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at CUNY
Graduate Center. The idea for the exhibition arose
out of a seminar on Womens Art / Feminist
Art taught by Professor Anna C. Chave. The exhibition
would not have been possible without Yoko Onos
generous cooperation and permission to utilize her
materials. Helping shape the exhibition were Jon Hendricks,
Professor Chave, Kevin Concannon, Luis H. Francia,
Nancy Hwang, Akiko & Taka Iimura, Reiko Tomii,
Midori Yoshimoto, and White Noise. It is partially
funded by the Japan Foundation, as part of a series
of events marking the 150th anniversary of U.S. Japan
relations, with fiscal sponsorship by the Asian American
Writers Workshop. "Grapefruit: Yoko Ono
in 1964" will remain on view until May 15, 2004.
Please contact Ise Cultural Foundation Gallery for
additional information .