Syracuse, NY: Everson Museum of Art, 1971. Design by George Maciunas. Offset on glossy paper. 25 x 19 in. Very good, minor bumps and wear commensurate with age. Item #6664
Exhibition poster for Ono’s first solo retrospective held at Everson Museum of Art in 1971, including work from the previous 15 years of her career and collaborations with John Lennon.
The exhibition was famously mobbed by Beatles fans on its opening day, October 9th, which coincided with John Lennon’s 31st birthday. A false tabloid rumor that the Beatles were reuniting at the opening led an extremely crowded and frenzied opening—Beatles fanatics broke down the museum’s doors and the works were impossible to view. Many firsthand accounts of the opening depict a colorful and chaotic evening, including a moment in which Allen Ginsberg had to calm crowds so that the artworks would not be destroyed, and the dramatic exit of George Maciunas—complete with a leap out of a moving vehicle—due to a heated disagreement over the staging of works.
Nevertheless, this was Ono’s first solo exhibition to fill an entire museum, and presented a wide range of her work executed in the 1960s, including painting, film, performance, Fluxus objects, and her instructional and conceptual works.