“TV to See the Sky,” inspired by Yoko Ono’s work “Sky TV” (all screenshots by Elisa Wouk Almino/Hyperallergic)
In 1967, Yoko Ono installed a live feed of the sky above London’s Lisson Gallery, flooding sun, light, and clouds into the art space. It was “a TV just to see the sky,” the artist said. At the time, Ono was living in a windowless home and “wanted so desperately to have a sky in my apartment.” For her, the sky has held a healing presence, as she recalls in interviews that during her childhood in World War II Japan, “the sky was always for there for me.” Over the years, she continued to make artworks about the sky, most recently installing a blue mosaic speckled with clouds in a New York City subway.
Since 5:45am Pacific time, at sunrise in Los Angeles, museums around the world have been streaming videos of the sky on Zoom. In collaboration with Ono, the Getty Research Institute, and the Feminist Center for Creative Work invited around 50 museums to project 24-hour videos for “TV to See the Sky,” an event marking the summer solstice and the first full moon of the season, known as the strawberry moon.