Yayoi Kusama, Grand Orgy to Awaken the Dead

grand orgy to awaken the dead

Yayoi Kusama, Grand Orgy to Awaken the Dead at MoMA – Featuring Their Usual Display of Nudes, MoMA, New York

For this happening, Kusama infiltrated the Museum of Modern Art’s sculpture garden with a bunch of naked co-conspirators.

Grand Orgy to Awaken the Dead at MoMA was one of scores of provocative public performances Kusama directed during the late 1960s. Drawing from a pool of hippies, draft-dodgers and activists, she organised nude polka-dot ‘happenings’ in Central Park, Washington Square, and on Wall Street – where an attendant manifesto implored onlookers to “Burn Wall Street. Wall Street men must become farmers and fishermen. Wall Street men must stop all this fake ‘business’…The money made with this stock is enabling the war to continue…OBLITERATE WALL STREET MEN WITH POLKA*DOTS ON THEIR NAKED BODIES. BE IN…BE NAKED, NAKED, NAKED.”

This entry was posted in 1960's, Protest, Timeline and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>