Yoko Ono, The Riverbed exhibition at Galerie Lelong, New York, December 11, 2015 – January 30, 2016; Photography by Blair Prentice

In December and January, Yoko Ono presented a two-part participatory exhibition titled, The Riverbed at Galerie Lelong and Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York City. Stones, string, glue and shattered ceramic pieces were strew around the space for visitors to use to as they pleased. On the last day of the exhibition at Galerie Lelong, the typically pristine white gallery walls were filled with images, notes and holes; and visitors were forced to crouch below an extensive web of string that supported various creations that dangled from its strings. On a series of white shelves, sat countless numbers of unique sculptures that visitors to the gallery had pieced together from the fragments of broken tea cups. 

Bonded by the communal experience of the exhibition, visitors warmly conversed amongst each other and lingered at the gallery for extended periods of time. Given the disparate backgrounds and experiences of the New Yorkers’ and tourists that visited the gallery, it was refreshing to see that with the right tools and opportunity, they would willingly participate in creative communal work to forge a single voice, which was the exhibition itself. 

THE RIVERBED is over the river in-between life and death.

  • Stone Piece: Choose a Stone and hold it until all your anger and sadness have been let go.
  • Line Piece: Take me to the farthest place in our planet by extending the line.
  • Mend Piece: Mend with wisdom mend with love. It will mend the earth at the same time.

- Yoko Ono

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