Yoko Ono, The Riverbed

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Before she became famous as the woman who supposedly broke up the Beatles Ono was a Conceptual Art pioneer of considerable repute; in fact, she met her future husband, John Lennon, when he dropped in to see a show of her work at a London gallery. Since then she’s developed a career as a musician in her own right while also returning to her art. This show consists of a single installation spread across two different galleries. Elegantly minimalist in the Japanese tradition, the work—the theme of which is healing, spiritually and otherwise—is designed with viewer participation in mind: Visitors, for example, are meant to pick up and meditate one of a pile of smoothly eroded river stones, inscribed with a words such as rememberdream and wish. Similarly, a table set with broken cups, invites viewers to make repairs, using conveniently provided bottles of glue, rolls of masking tape and balls of twine.

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