Yoko Ono Retrospective at London’s Serpentine Gallery

Installation views, Yoko Ono: To The Light, Serpentine Gallery, London © 2012 Jerry Hardman-Jones.

A cultural icon and pioneer in conceptual and performance art, Yoko Ono continues to inspire with her wide range of multimedia pieces. “To The Light,” a retrospective of Ono’s career currently showing at London’s Serpentine Gallery, invites the viewer to participate in an aesthetic and intellectual journey. With one of her newest projects, The Smiles Film, Ono bridges the gap between artist and subject by creating a worldwide technological collaboration: Participants are asked to take photographs of themselves smiling and then upload the photo to Instagram with the hashtag #smilesfilm. Earlier works on display include ‘Yes’ or Cut Piece (1964), Film No. 4 or Bottoms (1967) and Fly (1970), all which solidified Ono’s prominence in the world of art. The Serpentine Gallery’s presentation of “To the Light” is a part of London’s 2012 Festival, a twelve-week U.K.-wide celebration of the upcoming Olympic games.

Yoko Ono, Fly, 1970. Directed by Yoko Ono. Film still © Yoko Ono