Yoko Ono (Japanese, b.1933) is a musician, composer, and multimedia artist, most active in Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. After Ono's family moved from Tokyo to Scarsdale, NY in the early 1950s, she enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College. In 1955, she eloped with the composer Toshi Ichiyanagi and moved to Manhattan, where she joined circles and communities of avant-garde artists.

In the 1960s, Ono became one of the original members of the artist group Fluxus. She hosted performance pieces for fellow artists at her downtown apartment, and had solo performances and exhibitions of her own work at the Carnegie Recital Hall and the AG Gallery. In 1962, Ono returned to Tokyo, where she presented solo shows and concerts at the Sogetsu Art Center. She married American art promoter Tony Cox in 1963.

In 1964, Ono debuted Cut Piece, a performance in which she invited audience members to join her onstage and to cut off her clothing piece by piece. The performance is considered an early example of the burgeoning Feminist Art movement, and often described as one of Ono''''s most significant works. Many of Ono''''s most notable works are Conceptual and require the participation of viewers or audience members.

In 1966, Ono moved to London, where she met John Lennon at an exhibition of her work at the Indica Gallery. Their meeting marked the start of what would become a famous relationship, one that was both personal and professional due to their many artistic collaborations. Ono and Lennon were perhaps best known for their performance pieces, such as Bed-Ins (1969). When they invited the press into their honeymoon suite in March of 1969, they used the opportunity to discuss world peace while wearing their pajamas. The couple continued to work together on a variety of artistic projects until Lennon''''s death in 1980. Ono continues to exhibit her work today; her art has been displayed in many institutions, including the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Japan Society in New York.

Timeline

1933
Born in Tokyo, Japan
1960
Staged loft events on Chambers Street with friend La Monte Young
1964
Performed Cut Piece, Yamaichi Concert Hall, Kyoto, Japan
1966
Met John Lennon of The Beatles, created film No. 4 (Bottoms)
1973
Released album, Approximately Infinite Universe
1982
Won Album of the Year Grammy for Double Fantasy with John Lennon and Jack Douglas
1995
Returned to music with son, Sean Lennon, and his band Ima Rising, released album "Rising"
2001
Released album, Blue Print For Sunrise
2003
Topped US dance music charts with a reworking of “Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him”, a song she co-wrote with John Lennon to support gay marriage
2005
Released book, Memories of John Lennon

Exhibitions

2011
Yoko Ono: UNCURSED, Galerie Lelong - New York (solo)
2010
Yoko Ono: I'll Be Back, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy (solo)
Yoko Ono: Das Gift, Haunch of Venison, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009
Yoko Ono: Between The Sky and My Head, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (solo)
Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace, JemaSamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL (solo)
2008
Yoko Ono: Fly, Shanghai, China (solo)
Yoko Ono: Touch Me, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY (solo)
Yoko Ono: En Trance, Towada City Project, Towada, Japan (solo)
Yoko Ono: Three Mounds of Earth, Hikawa-Akasaka Shrine, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Yoko Ono: Fly, Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (solo)
Yoko Ono: Gallery 360 Degrees, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2007
Grapefruit, The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (solo)
Yoko Ono: Open City, Kasa Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace featuring John & Yoko's Year of Peace, Emily Davis Gallery, Myers School of Art, Akron, OH (solo)
2006
Heal Yoko Ono, Galerie Davide Di Maggio, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Wake Yoko Ono, M3 Galerie Gianluca Ranzi, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
2005
Yoko Ono: Horizontal Memories, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
Yoko Ono, Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany (solo)
2004
Yes Yoko Ono, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan; Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan (solo)
Yoko Ono at the Chelsea Art Museum, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
Yoko Ono: Remember Love, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
2003
Yoko Ono: Freight Train, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (solo)
Yes Yoko Ono, Rodin Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
Yoko Ono: Women's Room, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (solo)
Yes Yoko Ono, Art Tower Mito, Mito City, Japan (solo)
Yoko Ono, Art Hotel Blaue Gans, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2002
Yes Yoko Ono, San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, San Fransisco, CA (solo); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL (solo)
Yoko Ono: Impressions, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2001
Yes Yoko Ono, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
Yoko Ono: Vertical Memory, Gallery 360, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2000
Yoko Ono, Palace of Sástago, Zaragoza, Spain (solo)
Yoko Onotajo, Museo Wolf Vostell Malpartida de Cáceres, Spain (solo)
Yoko Ono: The Four Seasons and Film Stills, Ubu Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1998
Yoko Ono: Conceptual Photography, Thelsingör, Denmark (solo)
1997
Yoko Ono, Galleria 56, Budapest, Hungary (solo)
Yoko Ono and Fluxus, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London, UK (solo)
Yoko Ono: Conceptual Photography, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
1996
Yoko Ono: Fly, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (solo)
1994
Yoko Ono, Galerie A, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Yoko Ono: Original Paintings and Sculptures, The Frankel Collection, Palm Beach, FL (solo)
Yoko Ono: Franklin Summer '94, Galerie und Edition Hundertmark, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1993
Yoko Ono: A Piece of Sky, Galleria Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy (solo)
Yoko Ono: Waiting for the Sunrise, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
1991
Yoko Ono: Peace! Fridur!, The Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Iceland (solo)
1990
Currents: Yoko Ono, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (solo)
Yoko Ono: Objects, Films Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (solo)
Yoko Ono: In Facing, Riverside Studios, London, UK (solo)
Yoko Ono: Fumie, Sogetsu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Yoko Ono: Painting to See the Skies, Galerie Marika Malacorda, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
1989
Yoko Ono: Objects, Films, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
Yoko Ono: The Bronze Age, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI (solo)
FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris, France (solo)
Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (solo)
Philip Samuels Fine Art, St. Louis, MO (solo)
1988
Yoko Ono: Three Events, Gallery of Art, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO (solo)
1971
This Is Not Here, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, NY (solo)
1968
Yoko Ono: Water Show Arts Lab Center, London, UK (solo)
Four Thoughts: Yoko Ono and John Lennon, Arts Lab Center, London, UK (solo)
1967
Yoko Ono: Plus Me, Lisson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1966
Yoko Ono, Indica Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1961
Paintings and Drawings by Yoko Ono, AG Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

Literature

2008
Ono, Yoko. Yoko Ono: Touch Me. Milan: Edizioni Charta, 2008
Kellein, Thomas. Between the Sky and My Head. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2008
2007
Herzogenrath, Wulf and Frank Laukötter. Yoko Ono:Paintings 1960-1964. Germany: Kunsthalle, 2007