On May 17th, The Museum of Modern Art in NYC opened “Yoko Ono- One Woman Show 1960-1971.” This is a show that could have been done years ago, and Ms Ono is actually much more interested in her current and emerging work.
See, in 1971, Ms Ono DID a CONCEPTUAL show at MOMA…even though the museum didn’t officially recognize it ! She advertised the show, printed a catalogue for it, and posted a sign at the door of the museum telling visitors she had released flies inside (of course she hadn’t), and that everyone was invited to track them down throughout the city!]
So in her mind, her show was DONE!
By the time the general establishment officially accepts an idea, it is usually a “yesterday” kind of thing.
One of my favorite art pieces of Ms Ono’s was her “Wishing Tree”, in the MOMA sculpture garden several years ago. It was a bare tree, with plain labeling tags and pens along side for observers to write their dreams and leave them on the tree. My favorite was “I wish to meet Anna Wintour” (editor of Vogue Magazine)
Conceptual art is about IDEAS…about conceiving in the Mind, fueling with emotion, and seeing as real. Some people call that metaphysics…others call it prayer. Ernest Holmes said “What Mind can CONCEIVE, you can achieve.”
Doesn’t matter how you call it.
Dare to dream your dream, to conceive your deepest idea, and then release it into the Universe with a feeling that it is DONE. Keep creating! Keep moving!
Maybe MOMA will give you a show someday too, but by then? you will have manifested so much cool stuff that was attached to that dream, that you may or may not really care:)
Fluxus—a name taken from a Latin word meaning “flow, flux” (noun); “flowing, fluid” (adj.)—is an international network of artists, composers and designers noted for blending different artistic media and disciplines in the 1960s. They have been active in Neo-Dada noise music and visual art as well as literature, urban planning, architecture, and design. Fluxus is sometimes described as intermedia.”