Yoko Ono and Fragrance, Part 2: “Smell Pieces”

yoko ono smell 1

Back in May I visited the exhibition “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971” at the Museum of Modern Art. I was preparing to write a short piece about the show as a freelance assignment (see here!) and I ended up enjoying Ono’s early conceptual art more than I expected to.

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July 6th: Frida Kahlo’s Birthday

Frida Kahlo, photographed in New York City by Nickolas Muray (1946)
Frida Kahlo, photographed in New York City by Nickolas Muray (1946)

Today is Frida Kahlo’s birthday. In honor of this ever-fascinating artist (a fellow moon-child!), I’ve just written a short piece about Kahlo, her garden, and the current exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden. Click here to view.

Just Because: First-Century Portrait of a Woman (with Perfume!)

Portrait of a Woman. Er-Rubayat, ca. 100-120 A.D.
Portrait of a Woman. Er-Rubayat, ca. 100-120 A.D.

The British Museum describes this small mummy-portrait as “cheerful” if “rather amateurish.” It also notes her jewelry—the snake bracelet, the dangling earrings, the layered necklaces—and, last but not least, the small bottle she clasps:

“In her hand she holds a small unguentarium, or bottle for scented oils, which were often placed in graves as offerings to the dead. Here, perhaps, it is simply intended to represent a bottle of her favorite perfume.”

Indeed. If you were an ancient Egyptian, wouldn’t you want to take your favorite fragrances into the afterlife with you? I would.

Source: Paul Roberts, Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt. London, The British Museum, 2008.

Yoko Ono and Fragrance, Part 1: “One Woman Show”

Yoko-Ono-MoMA-1971

I recently attended the press preview for “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971” at the Museum of Modern Art. I was preparing to write a short piece about the exhibition as a freelance assignment (see here!), but this visit ended up being pleasure as well as work.

I even picked up a few fragrance references that I’d like to share here. One came in connection with Ono’s 1971 “exhibition” at MoMA, which was actually a work of Conceptual art rather than a literal exhibition. Continue reading “Yoko Ono and Fragrance, Part 1: “One Woman Show””