Advisory: Hirshhorn Invites Public To Help Create Yoko Ono Artworks Starting June 17

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Visitors to the National Mall will be invited to transform two seemingly everyday spaces into art with the opening of two of Yoko Ono’s iconic participatory artworks, “Wish Tree for Washington, DC” and “My Mommy Is Beautiful.”


Saturday, June 17, 2017 – 10:00am


Opens Saturday, June 17
10 a.m.


Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Seventh Street and Independence Avenue S.W.


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On June 17, the Hirshhorn is opening a special focus of iconic artworks by Yoko Ono, and the artist is inviting thousands of visitors to contribute.

Visitors will be able to handwrite wishes for peace and tie them to a tree in the outdoor artwork “Wish Tree for Washington, DC” or leave memories of their mother on a 40-foot wall in the museum’s lobby with the installation “My Mommy Is Beautiful.” The works will grow and change over time as visitors take part, creating emotionally charged monuments to peace and motherhood.

This year marks 10th anniversary of Ono planting the Hirshhorn’s popular “Wish Tree.” Since 2007, more than 80,000 visitors have made a pilgrimage to the museum to leave a wish.

Both works are part of “Yoko Ono: Four Works for Washington and the World,” a focus that also includes Ono’s live-stream video work “Sky TV for Washington, DC,” which opens the same day, and will culminate in a daylong concert of Ono’s music in September with major local and national performers.

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