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Art in NYC: Yoko Ono, ‘Masks’

Thomas Houseago, Masks (Pentagon), 2015.
Thomas Houseago, Masks (Pentagon), 2015. Gagosian Gallery and Public Art Fund

▪ An artist has created a new way of looking at Manhattan. Five giant masks by Thomas Houseago have been arranged in a pentagon on Rockefeller Plaza. The eyes of the masks frame a view through which people standing inside the pentagon can look at Manhattan.

The masks are made of synthetic plastic, rebar and redwood and stand from 14½ to 16½ feet tall. Each is a different stylized representation of the human face.

The exhibition is organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer. It will be on view through June 12 at Rockefeller Center, between 49th and 50th Streets. Admission is free. Details: www.publicartfund.org.

▪ Yoko Ono’s unauthorized exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1971, involving the release of flies on museum grounds, is the departure point for an exhibit of her work opening May 17, 44 years later.

Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 includes 125 of her early works — including recordings of her performance art — and archival materials from the decade leading up to that unauthorized show, when Ono invited the public to track the flies as they dispersed across the city.

Details: www.moma.org.

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