On Wednesday, February 6, MoMA museum educators Larissa Bailiff and Midori Yamamrua headed back into the exhibition Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde, armed with scores from Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit.
In the top photo, you can see what unfolds when educators conjure the spirit of Fluxus within MoMA’s galleries. While taking on Map Piece— "Draw a map to get lost" (1964 Spring), visitors made themselves comfortable on the floor with drawing paper and pencils and sketched an array of interpretations of this score. What do you think: how would you choose to enact this instruction?
The below photo shows Yoko Ono and John Lennon with a copy of the book in 1971. I chose a photo from this time period because one of the amazing things that our activities with Grapefruit have shown is how relevant and engaging the work’s instructions continue to be today, despite the differences of cultural and historical context.
Next time you’re at MoMA, keep your eyes out for our educators: you never know where we will be or what we will be doing next!
Alison Burstein, 12-Month Intern, Adult & Academic Programs