Yoko Ono


Portrait of Yoko Ono in front of a dark gray backdrop. She has black circular glasses resting on the bridge of her nose. She is wearing a black button up, has on thick eyeliner, and has a small smirk on her face. Known for her experimental art, music, filmmaking, and feminism, as well as for her marriage to John Lennon, Yoko Ono became a major figure in the 1960s New York underground art scene, and she continues to produce work and make headlines today. Of several iconic conceptual and performance art pieces that Ono produced, the most famous is Cut Piece (1964), first performed in Tokyo, in which she kneeled on the floor of a stage while members of the audience gradually cut off her clothes. In the ’60s and ’70s Ono was associated with the Fluxus movement—a loose group of avant-garde Dada-inspired artists—and produced printed matter, such as a book titled Grapefruit (1964) containing instructions for musical and artistic pieces. Other works include Smoke Painting (1961), a canvas that viewers were invited to burn. John Cage was a major influence and collaborator for Ono, as was the godfather of Fluxus, George Maciunas.

Yoko Ono was born in 1933 in Tokyo. She lives and works in New York City.




A white flag flying, with the words “think peace, act peace, spread peace, imagine peace” on it.

Yoko Ono, Imagine Peace, 2017. Nylon flag, dimensions variable. Presented as part of Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance, 2017 - 2018. Courtesy the artist and Creative Time, New York. Photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli.