Beatle Brunch Exclusive Release By Vickie Rehberg
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
Lennon/Ono Bed-In For Peace
The Acclaimed Exhibit Comes to The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey. March 6 through May 8, 2011.
Celebrate John Lennon’s life and legacy inside the Give Peace A Chance exhibit on view in the Monmouth Museum’s main gallery. As important now as it was in 1969, people all around the world are craving to rekindle the spirit of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s most powerful gesture towards increasing love and compassion – their 1969 Bed-In for Peace and the birth of the anthem Give Peace A Chance over 40 years ago. It all begins with the emotional journey the photographs and essays take you on. There is nostalgia for the era felt by younger people who were not even born, triggered by the ever increasing popularity of John Lennon’s music.
Through stories and unique photographs – many never seen before, Art Vision’s Give Peace A Chance exhibition of over 40 images offers visitors a seat on the edge of John and Yoko’s bed in Suite 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal between May 26 and June 2, 1969.
Photojournalist Gerry Deiter became the eyes and ears in that hotel room – the only one who documented the entire 8 days. He was determined to capture the essence of the happening – in particular the love between the newlyweds in many intimate moments. He also candidly caught famous people who dropped in –Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers, Dick Gregory and Al Capp, amongst others. Deiter’s past experience photographing stars like Ella Fitzgerald shows in the acknowledged best shots of the recording of Give Peace A Chance. Viewers are riveted by the joyous images.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono used their bed as a way to put themselves and their message of peace into a searing spotlight. Through their vulnerability and openness they demonstrated their unwavering belief in the goodness of people to make peace, not war. No celebrity couple had ever used their bed as a place of protest. Nor has anyone before or since been so available to the world.
“We’re going to sell peace the way other people sell soap” said Lennon to Gerry Deiter, an accomplished photographer on assignment for Life magazine. His documentary-style photographs illustrate vividly John and Yoko’s commitment to each other and their desire to break down barriers between power, celebrity status and convention in a sincere desire to end war and violence in the world, something Yoko works very hard to encourage today.
Give Peace a Chance: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-in for Peace exhibit was curated by Joan E. Athey of Peaceworks Now Productions and organized by ArtVision Exhibitions, LLC of Boca Raton, Florida and has been viewed to date by over 120,000 museum visitors.
The exhibit will be on view at The Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey from March 6 through May 8, 2011 and is packed with special events and new components including:
- John Lennon’s “War Is Over” jumpsuit reproduced by Le Chateau of Montreal, Canada;
- Reproduction Illustration by John Lennon to Norman Seaman, recently auctioned by Christie’s in London;
- “Hair Peace” special poster given by John Lennon to Andre Perry
- Exhibit Inspired Illustrations by former Disney Animator, Stephen N. Austin;
- Interpretive illustation by ArtVision Exhibition’s pop culture portrait artist of the year, Wolfram Schramm of Gerlingen, Germany
- Enter the raffle to win an 8 foot x 4 foot photographic mural of John Lennon & Yoko Ono from the 1969 Bed-in for Peace valued at $6,500. (For details visit website)
Beatle Brunch Fans are cordially invited to attend:
VIP Preview Party
Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 6 - 9 pm
$50 per person includes music, 60s inspired food, wine and beer. Preview this special exhibition before it opens to the public in a special behind-the-scenes gallery walk and book signing with guest curator Joan Athey; meet in the planetarium for “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds;” have a souvenir photo taken in the recreated Queen Elizabeth bedroom suite....and more.
Exhibition Opening Reception
Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 4 - 6 pm
Free to museum members/Nonmembers - $7 admission
Museum Hours & Information:
The Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
Sundays 1 - 5 pm
Admission: $7 per person; Museum members and children under two years are free.