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“SCISSORS TO WIDOW’S WEEDS: Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece 2003” by Ian Ayres

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SCISSORS TO WIDOW’S WEEDS:
Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece 2003

By Ian Ayres

Photo © 2003 by Eric EllénaPhoto © 2003 by Eric Elléna

“I see life as the playground of our minds.”
                                                                               ~ Yoko Ono

“CROWD CUTS YOKO ONO’S CLOTHING OFF!” and “YOKO ONO DOES STRIPTEASE FOR PEACE!” and “FRENCH FIGHT SHY OF YOKO’S STRIP!” sensationalized the headlines. None of the media even hinted at the deeper meaning of Yoko Ono—in the name of world peace (and perhaps a new love of life)—having allowed the crowd to cut off her widow’s weeds. Even more symbolic was the fact that Yoko Ono performed this finalé of her legendary Cut Piece in Paris, the fashion capital of…

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