June 18, from 5:30-7 p.m.

June 19 - June 29,
Open daily from 12-8 p.m.


203 Front Street,
Seaport District
New York, NY 10038

All events in the River To River Festival are free and all are welcome.

Add Color (Refugee Boat) (1960/2019)

Add Color (Refugee Boat) (1960/2019) is an interactive installation conceived of by visual artist Yoko Ono. Upon opening, the work will be comprised simply of a boat placed within an empty space. The public will then be invited to paint their thoughts, ideas and hopes on the walls, floor and boat. As the installation progresses, messages will be written in support, contrast and literal obfuscation of one another, moving the space from visual calm to a layered visual chaos – a beautiful sea of color from afar, a more restless reality upon closer inspection. Freely imbued in this way with a multiplicity of thoughts, each time Add Color (Refugee Boat) is shown it both shares in the memory of past iterations, while taking on a life and a meaning of its own - acutely reflecting the time, place and people that come together to create it.

Yoko Ono, 2018. Photo by Matthew Placek © Yoko Ono
About Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono (b.1933) is a New York-based multi-media artist working in performance, instruction, film, installation, music, and writing. A forerunner in conceptual art involving collaboration, audience participation, and social activism since the early 1960s, Ono challenges viewers’ understanding of art and the world around them. Her influence spans many of the key artistic movements of the late 20th century including Fluxus, conceptual art, video art, and feminism. In addition to her work as a visual artist, Ono is also a musical pioneer, both an accomplished singer and songwriter.

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