Education Open House: Workshop and Guided Visits

Free admission
Date and time
Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 1 PM

We invite visitors of all ages to our open house on Sunday June 2, from 1 to 5 PM. Join us, along with artist karen elaine spencer, to take part in the workshop The World Is Full of Everything It Needs, offered on an ongoing and drop-in basis.

During The World Is Full of Everything It Needs, each participant will be entrusted with a grapefruit, which will serve as a tool for collective writing exercises. Honouring a process of rapid-fire brainstorming reminiscent of Yoko Ono’s practice, participants will be asked to identify locations, actions, and objects. Some of these elements will then be inscribed onto the skin of the grapefruits with markers, allowing a playful exploration of various feelings and states of mind. The grapefruits will become, in essence, tangible instructions, scores or poems: surfaces on which possibilities might take flight.

The resulting scores from these grapefruit brainstorms can be written onto a postcard, photographed and posted on social media, or placed in the classified section of a newspaper. They can also remain ephemeral and not be documented in any manner. The possibility of making these instructions public through these various strategies echoes Yoko Ono’s questioning of the ways in which we come together.

We will also offer guided visits of
Yoko Ono: LIBERTÉ CONQUÉRANTE/GROWING FREEDOM. The visit in French, will be at 1:30 PM and the visit in English at 3 PM.

No reservations required.


karen elaine spencer

born: year of the silverfish

early childhood: softly sang stories to crumpled-up tissues in the back seat of the family car

adolescence: ran away from home to study the fine art of forgetfulness

at present: creates workshops for artists she admires. infiltrates government offices, train stations, metros, and parks to transmit secret messages. she is a rambler, loiterer, metro rider, dream listener, onion peeler, and sitter. she paints, writes, points, and pirouettes.

Photo: Marc-Olivier Bécotte.

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