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Yoko Ono: Imagine Film

January 16, 2007 - February 13, 2007

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Yoko Ono with her film No. 4 (Bottoms), January 16

Yoko Ono made her first films as a member of the Fluxus group; like her "instruction paintings," now on view in the BAM exhibition Grapefruit, the films were small in scale—two were one shot long—and intellectual in concept. Often, they focused on the body. When Ono and John Lennon began collaborating on films, they retained this conceptual focus, along with a curiosity about individual audience members' reactions and a desire for their participation; they used cinema as a catalyst for other social or political activities, such as efforts for peace. Their films often incorporated a performative element, and they explored duration, from a week in bed to a camera afloat. Our series focuses on these collaborations, and includes a number of homages to Ono's work and life by other artists.

Kathy Geritz
Film Curator

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
7:30 p.m. No. 4 (Bottoms)
Dore Bowen in Person. In the feature-length version of a short Yoko Ono made as a member of the Fluxus group, she filmed some 365 sets of naked buttocks and recorded the wry comments of the models, who were recruited from among the London avant-garde community. With Dore Bowen and Cathy Lee Crane's Becoming Academic Part II: Falling for Yoko.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
7:30 p.m. No. 4 (Bottoms)


Tuesday, January 23, 2007
7:30 p.m. Rape
A London cameraman stalks a woman who eventually becomes frantic: an intriguing work of feminism and film critique, as well as a commentary on celebrity for the likes of Yoko Ono. With Ono shorts Freedom and Fly.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007
7:30 p.m. Rape


Tuesday, January 30, 2007
7:30 p.m. Bed-In
Allan deSouza and Yong Soon Min in Person. John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous 1969 bed-in was a singular (actually, a double) antiwar protest. With Kota Ezawa's Lennon, Sontag, Beuys and Yong Soon Min and Allan deSouza's Two Gurus in Drag.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
7:30 p.m. Bed-In


Tuesday, February 13, 2007
7:30 p.m. Grapefruit
Gregory Sale in Person. Cecelia Dougherty's video based obliquely on Ono's book Grapefruit reconstructs moments from the charmed history of John and Yoko. In an all-female cast, Susie Bright plays John. With Gregory Sale's Looking for Yoko Ono and Ono/Lennon short Apotheosis.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
7:30 p.m. Grapefruit


Thanks to Irina Leimbacher, Scott MacDonald, and Jeffrey Skoller.

Prints from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, unless otherwise indicated.