A simple message, delivered on billboards, posters, postcards, badges, T-shirts and rubber stamps, Imagine Peace exists as a seed, activated individually and collectively in the minds and actions of those who encounter it. Like much of Yoko Ono's artwork over the past forty years, Imagine Peace is a work that is dependent upon a collective realization on the part of her audience. As she declared in 1972 single, Now or Never, " A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream we dream together is reality." As is often the case with her work, this germinating idea is manifested in multiple variations.
The exhibition focuses on the thematic ideals of peace and love. The exhibit presents the work of Yoko Ono and John Lennon chronologically as solo artists and as a couple in the 1960s, as well as a selection of Ono's recent solo works.
Showcased are interactive works by Ono that demonstrate her long-standing practice of involving individuals in the process of achieving peace through the power of imagination. The exhibit also includes installations that are designed to help visitors spread the message of love and peace worldwide through the use of rubber stamps, postcards, flashlights, and buttons.
Originally organized by the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron, the exhibition was curated by Kevin Concannon and John Noga.