Item #6653 Draw Circle Event. Yoko Ono.

Draw Circle Event

New York: Yoko Ono, 1964. Offset. 8 1⁄2 x 3 1⁄2 in. Near fine. Item #6653

“Draw Circle Event” was a postcard-based performance by Ono, dated 1964 and most likely executed in early 1965. The work prompted responses to the instruction to “draw circle” in a rectangle on a card, alongside some circle-related questions. Ono distributed the cards to Fluxus members and other affiliates of the avant-garde, including Earle Brown, Tony Cox, Carolee Schneeman, George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, an Ay-O.

An example of Fluxus performance embodied as mail art, “Draw Circle Event” utilized the format of a form letter and the strategy of audience participation to spark interpersonal communication and a frolicking, cascading collaboration.