Light Work’s Urban Video Project is pleased to present YOKO ONO: REMEMBERING THE FUTURE, presented in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art, which will be featuring a contemporaneous survey exhibition of the groundbreaking conceptual artist Yoko Ono’s work inside the museum.
The four works on view at UVP will not be on view inside the museum and are selections of early performance-based film works which have been scanned and transferred to high definition video.
YOKO ONO: REMEMBERING THE FUTURE will be on view from August 30-October 26, 2019 every Thursday – Friday, dusk to 11pm.
About the Work
For YOKO ONO: REMEMBERING THE FUTURE, UVP will feature a selection of performance-based films which have been re-scanned and transferred to video, showcasing these film classics in high definition.
Each of the works center on the body – in all its vulnerability and ordinariness – intimately documenting the carrying out of seemingly simple performative premises. But as we watch, these simple gestures become by turns poetic, humorous, politically pointed, and profound.
FILM NO. 4 (BOTTOMS) [FLUXFILM NO. 16] (1966 | TRT: 6:23 | black & white film | silent) deals with the movement of the naked ‘bottoms.’
FREEDOM (1971 | TRT: 1:05 | color film | sound) is a feminist film, which is locked in the constraints of the bra.
EYEBLINK [FLUXFILM NO. 9 and 15] (1966 | TRT: 2:41 | black & white film | silent) is one of the most erotic films
FILM NO. 1 (MATCH PIECE) [FLUXFILM NO. 14] (1966 | TRT: 5:14 | black & white film | silent) is the profound measurement of life.
UVP 2019-20: Wayward Bodies
From the earliest days of video, the body has played a central role as a platform for performance and the technologically-mediated exploration of representation, identity, and the metaphysics of presence. Taking inspiration from a conversation between poet Fred Moten and writer Saidiya Hartman exploring their respective concepts of “fugitivity” and “waywardness,” UVP 2019-20: Wayward Bodies, features artists whose work frames the body as a dynamic locus of creative deviation and inventive unruliness defying structures that seek to contain and control it.
This exhibition was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.