PopRally presents YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015, a global gathering at sunrise on June 21, 2015, celebrating the MoMA exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 and the 50th anniversary of Yoko Ono’s 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 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.*
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. Beyond the eight official events at partner institutions, individuals are encouraged to host their own events according to the following instructions:
On the solstice at sunrise
celebrate mornings of
past, future, and now.
Listen to the world.
Touch each other
when the sun comes up.
y.o. spring 2015
All participants are encouraged to share their experiences on social media via the hashtag #YokoOnoPeace.
YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015 is organized by The Museum of Modern Art in New York in partnership with the Fondazione La Triennale di Milano (Milan), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul), the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), M+ (Hong Kong), the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Tokyo).
YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015
at The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street, New York
Sunrise at 5:25 a.m.
Live performance by Blood Orange
DJ set by FLAT WHITE (Virgil Abloh)
Join us at The Museum of Modern Art for a sunrise gathering in the Agnes Gund Garden Lobby and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, featuring live music; participatory art-making stations; an open coffee, juice, and breakfast bar; and exclusive access to Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971
Buy Tickets ($22)
You must be 21 or older to attend this event.
Fondazione La Triennale di Milano (Milan)
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow)
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul)
J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles)
M+ (Hong Kong)
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney)
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Tokyo)
PopRally is a series of events at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 that serve as a gateway for young and diverse audiences to engage with MoMA. Led by a cross-departmental committee of Museum staff, PopRally produces dynamic programs including artist collaborations, performances, film screenings, and digital content that encourage new and experimental ways of encountering modern and contemporary art. This summer, join us for MoMA PopRally × New York, a creative journey across New York City. From Staten Island to the Bronx, we’re heading to each of the five boroughs with artist collaborations, performance, music, food, film, and more. MoMA PopRally × New York kicks off in Queens and continues into the summer and fall with events in Staten Island, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. In October, the series culminates in Manhattan with MoMA’s reopening and an interactive exploration of our new home. You’ll be invited to a first look at the new MoMA, our expanded galleries, and the reimagined display of our collection—as always, PopRally style.
This event is made possible by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition is made possible by illy.
Major support is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, BNP Paribas, and The Modern Women’s Fund.
Additional funding is provided by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.
Special thanks to Sud de France Wines for their support of MoMA PopRally.