Yoko Ono Honored at Brooklyn Museum's Women in the Arts Fundraising Luncheon, 11/15

Yoko Ono Honored at Brooklyn Museum's Women in the Arts Fundraising Luncheon, 11/15

Multi-media Conceptual artist Yoko Ono will be honored at the tenth annual Women in the Arts luncheon on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Proceeds from the event will benefit the many educational and artistic programs offered by the Brooklyn Museum and its Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. with an introduction by Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman followed by a conversation between Ono and Catherine Morris, Curator of the Sackler Center. The program will conclude with the presentation of the 2012 Women in the Arts Award to Ono. A reception and luncheon in the Museum's Beaux-Arts Court will follow from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Based on availability, tickets for Women in the Arts 2012 are offered at $250, $500, and $1,000. Tables are available for purchase at the following levels: $2500 (Host), includes ten tickets for the program and preferred luncheon seating for ten guests; $5,000 (Patron), includes ten tickets, priority seating for the program, and prime luncheon seating for ten guests; $10,000 (Benefactor), includes 12 tickets, special reserved seating for the program, and VIP luncheon seating for 12 guests. To purchase tickets and for further information, contact Mira Abramsohn at mira.abramsohn@brooklynmuseum.org or (718) 501-6589.

Ono's work challenges people's understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, her work as a Conceptualist has encompassed performance, instructions, film, music, and writing.

In 2011, Ono was honored with the prestigious 8th Hiroshima Art Prize, and opened the one-person exhibition THE ROAD OF HOPE at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. Most recently, she presented the solo exhibitions UNCURSED at Galerie Lelong in New York, LIGHT at Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, and OUR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS at the Vadehra Art Gallery in New Dehli. This past summer, she had her first solo exhibition in London in more than a decade, TO THE LIGHT, at London's Serpentine Gallery.

Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933 and moved to New York in 1953 after studying philosophy in Japan. By the late 1950s, she had become part of the city's vibrant avant-garde activities. In 1960, she opened her Chambers Street loft with a series of radical performance work and exhibited some of her early Conceptual works there. In 1961, she had a one-person show at the legendary AG Gallery in New York of her Instruction Paintings and performed a solo concert at Carnegie Recital Hall of revolutionary works involving movement, sound, and voice.