Yoko Ono: Mend Piece

Exhibit Details

April 9, 2022 - July 10, 2022
Eldredge Gallery

Beginning in April 2022, the Springfield Art Museum invites our visitors to engage with the participatory exhibition, Yoko Ono: Mend Piece (Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City version), from the Rennie Collection, Vancouver

Ono proposes communal mending as an act of healing. In a seemingly simple white room, shattered cups and saucers are placed on a table. Participants are asked to mend the fragments together using common household items: twine, glue, scissors, and tape. The resulting works are displayed on nearby shelves, evidence of the power of collective action.

Yoko Ono (b. 1933, Tokyo, Japan) is widely recognized for her pioneering conceptual art, which has encompassed performance, instruction, film, music, and writing. She also continues to work tirelessly for world peace.

Mend Piece embraces the metaphor of the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi, a technique of repairing broken or cracked pottery using brushstrokes of gold and silver, a philosophy that treats the breakage and repair as part of the object’s history - an important and precious detail, rather than something to disguise. With straightforward directions, the artist asks participants to let go of preconceptions and consider larger ideas: "Mend with wisdom, mend with love./It will mend the earth/at the same time.” 

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts (AFA).

The presentation of Yoko Ono's Mend Piece (Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City version) is part of Art Room, an ongoing series of contemporary art installations organized by the AFA.

A red rectangle logo with the letters "AFA" and the words American Federation of Arts

Exhibit Resources

Example of Kintsugi from the permanent collection - on view in our Hartman Gallery.

Do-It-Yourself "Fluxus" Project Space: April 9 - July 10, 2022
Spratlen Gallery

Extend your experience in this hands-on project space inspired by core values of the Fluxus art movement including humor, chance, and active collaboration. All materials are provided. Free and open to the public.

Program Details

4'33" Performance: Saturday, April 16, 6 PM

Join us for a special performance of John Cage's 4'33" by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Cage was a seminal figure in the mid-20th century avant-garde and influenced Yoko Ono and other artists of the time. This program presents Cage’s most famous work in the context of Ono’s Mend Piece installation. Free and open to the public.

A photograph of a white table filled with broken china fragments, glue, and tape.

Yoko Ono, Mend Piece (Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City version), 1966/2015, ceramic, nontoxic glue, cello tape, scissors, and twine. Dimensions variable. Collection of the Rennie Museum, Vancouver, 2018. Photographed by Blaine Campbell. Installation view, courtesy of the Rennie Collection. © 1966/2015 Yoko Ono.

Support for the Springfield Art Museum’s presentation of Yoko Ono: Mend Piece is generously provided by lead gifts from:National Endowment for the Arts logo Opens in new windowand the Melinda J. McDaniel Charitable Trust, UW, Bank of America, N.A., Trustees, with additional support from Howard C. and Nadia T. Cavner.