Yoko Ono (b. 1933, Japan), DREAM TOGETHER, 2020, installed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art © Yoko Ono. Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Anna-Marie Kellen.
For the first time, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is displaying artist-designed banners on its Fifth Avenue facade, and they’re from none other than Yoko Ono. Titled DREAM TOGETHER, the 24′ x 26′ banners read “DREAM” and “TOGETHER,” and were revealed in anticipation of the museum’s reopening on August 29th. Ono created the piece in response to the global COVID-19 crisis, offering “a powerful message of hope and unity to the world,” according to the Met.
“When we dream together, we create a new reality. The world is suffering terribly, but we are together, even if it can be hard to see at times, and our only way through this crisis will be together. Each one of us has the power to change the world. Remember love. DREAM TOGETHER,” said Yoko Ono.
This is not the first time Ono has designed a public art piece for New York City. Two years ago, the 72nd Street B, C subway station (located outside the Dakota, where Ono has lived for years) reopened following a renovation that included mosaics designed by the artist. Titled “SKY,” her design includes six separate mosaics depicting a blue sky with clouds. Like her text-based work at the Met, Ono also incorporated hidden messages of hope–such as “imagine peace” and “dream”–written throughout the mosaics.
DREAM TOGETHER will be on view through September 13. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen on August 29 Thursdays through Mondays. New hours are Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m. Following city and state guidelines, the museum has developed comprehensive safety procedures that include operating at 25-percent capacity, enhancing cleaning procedures, requiring visitors and staff to wear face coverings, and installing hand sanitizing stations throughout.
Thre new indoor exhibits will be on view when the Met reopens. They are: Making The Met, 1870–2020, a journey through the museum’s history for its 150th-anniversary; the roof garden commission by Héctor Zamora, Lattice Detour; and Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, a show of the American Modernist’s striking and little-known multi-paneled series Struggle . . . From the History of the American People (1954–56).
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