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See Yoko Ono’s public artwork at 3 places in New Orleans | NOLA.com

See Yoko Ono’s public artwork at 3 places in New Orleans | NOLA.com

See Yoko Ono’s public artwork at 3 places in New Orleans | NOLA.com
December 08
11:46 2017

By Pelican Bomb

When you think of Yoko Ono, do you imagine something aside from the music mania and the frenzied political climate of the 1960s? Are you able to conjure an image of her that doesn’t include a pensive and bespectacled John Lennon or isn’t set to the tune of your favorite Beatles song?A public artwork now on view in New Orleans is a reminder of Ono’s monumentally important artistic practice, which, despite its six-decade span and worldwide influence, is still often overshadowed by her ties to the world’s most iconic quartet.Story byMarjorie RawleContributing writerIt appears at three different locations–on the exterior of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, on a billboard on North Rampart Street, and in the ad space inside the Riverfront Streetcar line. At all three locations, Ono’s work asks residents to consider the same seemingly simple question: HAVE YOU SEEN THE HORIZON LATELY? As part of “Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp,” Ono’s text-based artwork is one piece in a lineup of art tucked into the fabric of the city, outside of traditional gallery spaces.At first, its stark composition (plain black lettering on a white background) and self-reflective question seem less engaging than some of Ono’s other works, like Cut Piece, first performed in 1964, which invited audience members onstage to trim off pieces of Ono’s clothing with scissors. That daring work challenged participants to think about what they were willing to do to another person in front of a crowd.

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