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New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s PopRally is a series of events, hosted at both the MoMA in midtown Manhattan and MoMA PS1 in Queens, dedicated to engaging younger, more diverse audiences. On June 21, PopRally presents Yoko Ono Morning Peace 2015 for the 50th Anniversary of her New York performance of Morning Piece (1964) to George Maciunas.
Morning Piece was first performed in Tokyo in 1964 and again on the roof of Ono’s apartment building at 87 Christopher Street in September 1965. At these events, attendees gathered at sunrise, and Ono sold artworks with typewritten pieces of paper attached to glass and other materials. Each specified a future date and a particular period of morning (e.g., “February 3, 1987 after sunrise,” “January 1, 1972 all morning”). Ono would inform buyers, “You can see the sky through it,” and offer them the possibility of possessing something intangible: a future morning.
Referencing the original work, YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015 is a sunrise gathering activated by events across the globe, allowing the celebration to continue for 24 hours as the sun rises in different time zones.
The 50th Anniversary celebration will take place from 4:30 to 8 a.m. in the Agnes Gund Garden Lobby and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at the MoMA and features a DJ set from FLAT WHITE aka Virgil Abloh and the only Blood Orange live performance that is scheduled for the summer at this time. All attendees and participants are being urged to use to hashtag #YokoOnoPeace. Tickets and more information are available here.