Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon
New York, NY
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Yoko Ono for Opening Ceremony.
Yoko Ono - Footstep Event
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Why is it art if Nam June Paik puts TV monitors on the breasts of beautiful and talented Charlotte Moorman and it’s “silly” when Yoko Ono puts bells on beautiful, and probably talented, male models’ nipples?
Men of this generation are not used to seeing themselves objectified, while women are inundated with sexualized images of their gender. It’s not true that only males in the animal kingdom are adorned for mating rituals: Look at the embroidered, wigged and high-heeled men of Louis’ court, knights in damascened armor, and by extension, ornately worked swords and firearms. Even up to the 19th century, dandies dressed in long frocks tended to their moustaches and walked with jeweled canes.
As Lyta Alexander of Santa Sangre puts it, “Finally, a fashion line objectifying the male body as a focus for sexual desire…I remember numerous fashion lines with hearts, hand-prints and other similar symbols in the female breasts or buttocks, and nobody bothered to get enraged. Now the prints are on the male genitals, and lo and behold, righteous indignation…Go Yoko.”
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Yoko Ono has accepted the German human rights prize for peace activism, the Rainer Hildebrandt Medal at Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie Museum. The museum is situated next to the Cold War border crossing which was an iconic symbol of political suppression. The lifetime achievement award was given for her recent work highlighting equality for women and LGBT issues, as well as for the work she created with her late husband, John Lennon. Ono, who is 80 in February, flashed a peace sign as she thanked the jury. “I’m very honoured to get this award and I will consider this award as an encouragement to do more work in humanitarian causes,” she stated.
The Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt Medal is an international human rights award set up by Alexandra Hildebrandt in 2004 to commemorate the 90th birthday of her late husband, Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt, the founder of the Mauermuseum – Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. The award is given annually in recognition of extraordinary, non-violent commitment to human rights and is conferred on the birthday of Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt (* 14.12.1914 – † 09.01.2004) to mark International Human Rights Day.
Backstage at the 25th Anniversary of WNYC’s Spinning On Air, Nov. 14, 2012. Left to right: Ryan Maxwell, Nels Cline, John Zorn, David Garland, Jean Rohe, Isabel Castellvi, Anders Griffen, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Diane Cluck. Photo by Matthew Septimus.
Sean Lennon’s photo of Yoko Ono and John Zorn performing in The Greene Space for the 25th Anniversary of WNYC’s Spinning On Air, Nov. 14, 2012.
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Cameron Silver in…Yoko Ono for Opening Ceremony. He’s going BALLS TO THE WALL!
Yoko ONO and eye candy
At a party held by Lady Gaga
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