A Box of Smile

Yoko Ono, American (born Japan), born 1933

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1971/1984 ReFlux Edition

Black plastic box inscribed in gold: "A BOX OF SMILE Y.O. '71"; mirror on bottom of interior

ReFlux Ed., New York, 1984 [Original 1971 Box; Mirror replaced 1984]

Overall: 2 1/8 × 2 1/8 × 2 3/16 in. (5.4 × 5.4 × 5.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Hood Museum of Art Acquisitions Fund

© Yoko Ono

GM.989.12.5

Geography

Place Made: United States, North America

Period

20th century

Object Name

Fluxus

Research Area

Fluxus

Not on view

Inscriptions

Embossed, in gold letters, on lid: "A BOX OF SMILE Y.O. '71"; inscribed, on bottom of box, lower right: ReFLUX

Course History

PHIL 23, The Philosophy of Art, John Kulvicki, Winter 2014

SART 76, Senior Seminar I, Brenda Garand, Winter 2015

PHIL 23, Art and Aesthetics, John Kulvicki, Winter 2015

ENGL 7.47, Tales of the Avant-Garde, Andrew McCann, Winter 2019

ENGL 7.47, Tales of the Avant Garde, Andrew McCann, Winter 2020

ENGL 7.47, Tales of the Avant-Garde, Andrew McCann, Winter 2022

Exhibition History

"Distributed" during the "This is Not Here,"[Yoko Ono Retrospective], Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, October 1971.

"Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life" Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 16-August 7, 2011; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, New York, September 9-December 3, 2011; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 25-May 20 2012, check list number 55.

A Space for Dialogue 29, Reflections on the Mirror, Katherine Harrison, Class of 2006, The Homma Family Curatorial Intern, Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 5, 2005-January 29, 2006.

New Humanisms, Art History 5, Winter 2020, Mary Coffey, Associate Professor of Art History, Chad Elias, Assistant Professor of Art History, Teaching Exhibition, Class of 1967 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, January 18, 2020 – March 15, 2020.

Publication History

Alice Gomstyn, "What's Under the Hood? A peek at some of the rarest and most offbeat items housed in the College's Hood Museum of Art," Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Volume 96, Number 4, March-April 2004, pp. 30-31.

Barbara Moore, ReFlux Editions, 351 West 30 St., New York, Catalogue no. 3, Fall 1988, no. 16/17.

Brian P. Kennedy and Emily Shubert Burke, Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2009 p.142, Fig.1.

Jacquelynn Baas, Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2011, p. 62, ill., p. 105, checklist no. 55.

Provenance

The artist; distributed during "This is Not Here,"[Yoko Ono Retrospective], Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, October 1971; acquired by Bound & Unbound, New York, date unknown; sold to present collection, 1989.

Catalogue Raisonne

J. Hendricks, Fluxus Codex, New York, 1988, p. 416,422, no. 346.1.

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