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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will present «Concert for Yoko Ono, Washington and the World,» a one-night-only celebration of the artist’s pioneering experimental sound and performance art, Sunday, Sept. 17, 7–10 p.m. Held outdoors on the museum’s plaza, the performance event is the culmination of «Yoko Ono: Four Works for Washington and the World,» a summer-long series of Ono’s iconic work that commemorates the 10th anniversary of the artist’s Wish Tree for Washington, D.C.
The concert will feature a lineup of groundbreaking female musicians—Kim Gordon, Lizzi Bougatsos and Moor Mother—who will present their own works alongside some of Ono’s most memorable pieces from the 1960s and beyond.
— 7pm Doors open to the public
— 8pm Concert begins
Curated by Mark Beasley, the Hirshhorn’s newly appointed curator of New Media and Performance Art, Gordon, Bougatsos and Moor Mother will perform selections of Ono’s works, followed by their own music inspired by her career, highlighting dynamic experimental pieces from recent albums and artist residencies. The night concludes with Ono’s Promise Piece, originally performed in 1966. Rare screenings of the artist’s early avant-garde films will play throughout.
Available online now:
General public: $25
Hirshhorn Members: $20 Member code required; limit 4 tickets per Member. Questions? Reach out at [email protected]
About the Performers
Gordon is an experimental musician, visual artist and curator known for her contribution to the alternative rock genre as a member of the 1980s band Sonic Youth. Gordon has continued to produce collaborative musical projects, including Body/Head, Free Kitten and YOKOKIMTHURSTON, an album she released with Ono and Thurston Moore in 2012.
Bougatsos is a visual artist and the lead singer of experimental music band Gang Gang Dance. Recognized for pairing her unique vocal style with electronics, Bougatsos has performed with her band at the Whitney Biennial, and her prints have been commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum Young Collectors Council.
Camae Ayewa is a Philadelphia-based musician and poet who performs as Moor Mother, an experimental music project that addresses obscured narratives of black history. Founder of Rockers! Philly and member of the Black Quantum Futurism collective, Ayewa seeks to give a voice to marginalized artists.