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Yoko Ono Fan Club: Call for Works and Proposals

December 18, 2013  by: Natalie Fleming

Yoko Ono Fan Club is conceived in the spirit of Fluxus, in the belief that absurdity, play, arbitrariness, and randomness (among other qualities) are forms of resistance to and negation of one-dimensionality–marked by an elevation of Reason above all–as described by Herbert Marcuse in One-Dimensional Man. While the text was published in the 1960s and the forces in play have evolved, we still believe the paths mentioned above to be viable and useful in the present day.

In this spirit we invite works ranging from instructional texts, performance scores, proposals for happenings, performances, and the like, to more traditionally mediated though no-less-subversive works, installations, so-called ‘new media’, interactive works of all sorts, as well as documentation, propositions, manifestos, papers, and any other sorts of cultural production that are in the spirit of this call for work and proposals. Brief (250 word maximum) statements of intent may accompany your works, to enlighten the feeble and one-dimensionally-suffering minds of the jury. The jury seeks, for this show, to use the gallery space to question its own premises, exhibit difficult-to-exhibit works, and generally bring attention to an otherwise dispersed sort of art. There is a strong desire to stage performances, happenings, and other active sorts of pieces as a regular lunchtime series during the run of the exhibition; works and proposals directed toward this circumstance are encouraged.

Fine Print and Important Details:

Exhibition location: Visual Studies Gallery at UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts.
By mail: 201 Center for the Arts / UB North Campus / Buffalo, NY 14260-6010

Submission deadline: 11:59pm Thursday January 2

Notifications: on or around Thursday January 16

Works to be delivered to the gallery by: 4pm Thursday January 30

Exhibition opens: Thursday February 27 with opening reception 5-7pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday March 29

Entry fee: none. See below for instructions regarding shipping.

To submit work for consideration:

Please include the following, omitting or including vital details as appropriate, and submit by email to

– Email subject should be SUBMISSION – [artist’s name]
– Artist’s name
– Contact information
– Title of work
– Date of work
– Dimensions/duration of work
– Medium of work
– Media files (jpg, sound, brief video, or other as necessary to present/represent the work, not to exceed 25MB)
– Statement of intent, if desired
– Works submitted must be ready to hang or display, as appropriate.


The juror and curator and author of this absurd-and-earnest call is Julie Rozman, second year MFA candidate in the Department of Art, and Curator and Gallery Manager for the Visual Studies Gallery at UB Art Gallery.

Shipping, insurance, and disposal:

Artist is responsible for any and all fees associated with roundtrip shipping and insurance of materials.  Should the Artist fail to provide written instructions subject to approval by the UB Art Gallery for the dismantling, removal, and return shipping of the work by 4pm April 11, 2014 or fail to provide required assistance for dismantling the Work, it shall become the property of the Gallery, which may utilize or dispose of the work as it may see fit.

Permissions and paperwork:

Completion of the requisite forms and releases, including copyright, is required, and will be forthcoming. There is also a desire to create a published representation of the exhibition. Accepted artists agree to their works’ inclusion, with attribution, in such a publication.

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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