Not all rumours are true.
Growing up, the general consensus was that Yoko Ono was the woman who had interrupted one of the greatest musical movements. For many years, the press and the public published scathing commentary on Ono’s public and private decisions. She was criticized for influencing Lennon’s musical choices and her experimental artwork was derided by the greater public.
While rumoured to have broken up the Beatles, Ono isn’t just a heart-breaker, and Lennon’s wife, but a renowned artist on her own, with her own band and groundbreaking art practice.
Since her retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 1989, and a recent retrospective “One Woman Show” at MoMa in September 2015, public opinion of Ono has broadened into an appreciation of the contributions her avant-garde artwork has made towards feminism, human rights, and world peace.
Born in 1933 at her family’s ancestral estate in Tokyo and raised in Japan, Ono studied for a time at Sarah Lawrence College and got her start with the Fluxus conceptual art movement in New York City. Later, in 1969, Ono and Lennon started The Plastic Ono Band, collaborating on experimental music. The band dispersed around 1974, until its recent revival as the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, headed by the matriarch herself, and her son Sean Lennon.