LEWISBURG, Pa. — Kevin Concannon will give the talk, "Yoko Ono: Imagining Peace 1966-2008," on Friday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
Associate professor of art history at the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron, Concannon is a leading scholar who has published extensively on the work of Yoko Ono.
His essay, "Yoko Ono's Cut Piece (1964): From text to performance and back again," will appear in the forthcoming issue of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.
His articles on Ono are featured in the Grove Dictionary of Art Online as well as in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of American Art from Oxford University Press. He is also a contributing author for Yes Yoko Ono, the major work on the artist to date.
Talk and opening reception
The talk, which is free to the public, will be followed by an opening reception in the Samek Art Gallery for the exhibition, YOKO ONO IMAGINE PEACE Featuring John and Yoko's Year of Peace, co-curated with John Noga, graduate assistant at The Myers School of Art.
With Noga, Concannon is curator of Agency: Art and Advertising, opening at the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, Ohio, on Sept. 19. In 2006 they organized Mass Production: Artists' Multiples and the Marketplace for the Emily Davis Gallery at The University of Akron. For more information, visit www.kevinconcannon.com.
Billboard and films
"YOKO ONO IMAGINE PEACE, which focuses on the thematic ideals of peace and love, will be shown at the Samek Art Gallery through Oct. 8. In addition to the works in the Samek, there will be a billboard designed by Yoko Ono which will be located southbound on Rt. 15 just north of Rt. 80, from Sept. 10 to Oct. 9," said Dan Mills, curator of the Samek Art Gallery.
"This major exhibition presents recent and historic Yoko Ono artworks, works by John Lennon and Yoko Ono including works from John & Yoko's Year of Peace, a 90+ foot-long War Is Over! photomural frieze, lithographs by John Lennon, and video and audio clips. Several artworks are interactive and invite visitor participation.
"We also are organizing two evenings of film screenings, including 'The U.S. vs. John Lennon' on Sept. 9, and a Yoko Ono film on Sept. 23, both at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre," Mills said.
The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Admission is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. The Gallery is accessible by elevator. For more information, call 577-3792 or visit www.bucknell.edu/Samek.
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