Since his shocking murder 30 years ago, John Lennon lives on through his music, art and widow Yoko Ono.
Lennon would have been 70 this Saturday, and marking the occasion will be a free screening of the film “LENNONYC” in Central Park and an exhibit of Lennon’s artwork that Ono has brought to SoHo.
Ono, 77, gave us a impassioned history of Lennon’s art and musings on what the ex-Beatle would be doing if he was still living in the city he loved so much. Apparently, Ono doesn’t hide her love for New York, either, making it clear before we even got a question in.
“I miss SoHo,” she said. “I’m traveling until November, but I miss New York … basically New York is my home.”
What can people learn about Lennon from his art?
They are drawn to it because it moves them. The secret of John in sense is that he was here with all the beautiful things that he made, but the most important thing was that he moved people.
Did he enjoy making art as much as music?
No. It’s very simple to do drawings. You don’t have to go to the studio to do it. It was always with him, like a security blanket he was carrying. All he needed was a paper and pencil.
Did he draw mostly self-portraits?
No, he was really into himself (laughs) but didn’t only do self-portraits. He did a lot of family stuff, too.
At 70, what kind of causes do you think Lennon would have been involved in?
He was an activist before the word “activist” was popular. And he would still be doing that. I’m sure every day he’d jump up at something that he noticed he didn’t like … injustice in the world (laughs)
What would think about present day New York City?
New York is New York. It really hasn’t changed basically. New York is like a melting pot as it was always a melting pot, while maybe Ohio wasn’t (laughs). Also there’s kind of freedom — people who love to be independent and free, those are the people who came together. It’s a very interesting city in that sense.
If you go:
Where: 134 Spring St, SoHo,
(Corner of Greene and Spring St.)
Thursday. Oct. 7: 5- 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 8: 12 Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9: 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday, Oct. 10: 11 AM – 6 PM
Monday, Oct.11: 11 AM – 6PM