Lunchtime lecture: Yoko Ono - viewer as participant

Course Dates: 12/06/24
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online
Get to know the art of Yoko Ono from performance art to installation. We explore how the artist works in collaboration with the participant to create communal art for all.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Lunchtime lecture: Yoko Ono - viewer as participant
  • Course Code: VB788
  • Dates: 12/06/24 - 12/06/24
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:00
  • Taught: Wed, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Sarah Jaffray

Course Code: VB788

Wed, day, 12 Jun - 12 Jun '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Yoko Ono is a sensational performance artist and activist. The sensation and her fame have, for many people, overshadowed the work and purpose of her art. This lecture seeks to demystify the artist’s projects. It gives an overview of Ono’s career, focusing on the works that have helped to transform museum practice and viewer participation like 'Cut Piece' and 'Wish Tree'.

We will also discuss Ono's art historical context, her collaborations with artists within the Fluxus movement like John Cage and George Maciunas.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Art historical context of Yoko Ono’s work
• Key artworks in her oeuvre and their impact
• The role of the viewer in Ono’s art practice.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Discuss at least one of Yoko Ono’s influential artworks
• Understand the artist’s historical impact
• Describe how participants are meant to engage with Ono’s art.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to all.

You should be able to operate basic elements of Zoom, e.g. microphone, camera and log in.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with lecture and powerpoint slides. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the lecture session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No extra costs, but you may wish to bring a notebook to take notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Search for 'lunchtime lectures' to see all of the talks on offer in the coming year.

Sarah Jaffray Tutor Website

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. In addition to her current teaching at City Lit, Sarah is a lecturer at the University of Arts London and the Tutor Coordinator for City Lit's Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah's current research is focused on translation and empathy.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.