by Wendy Richmond

Probing the audience’s and the artist’s interpretations of artworks, Wendy Richmond guides readers toward creative inspiration.

Yoko Ono is famous because she was married to John Lennon. But long before she met him, she was creating groundbreaking performance art. Her recent show at the Museum of Modern Art, titled Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971, included a film of her work Cut Piece, performed in 1965 at Carnegie Recital Hall.

In the film, we see Ono sitting before an audience in her black dress, a giant pair of scissors on the floor in front of her. She has instructed audience members to…

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