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Primal Scream Therapy
by Natalie Hegert





Be warned that through November, the halls of MoMA will be constantly interrupted by the sounds of people screaming.  Yoko Ono's Voice Piece for Soprano has taken the space filled so silently by Marina Abramovic and turned it into a venue for primal expression.  One of Ono's "instruction works," she created it in 1961, with the score consisting of three screams: "1. against the wind; 2. against the wall; 3. against the sky."

The museum has already suffered quite a few complaints from those who feel it disturbs their museum experience, but to be honest those who complain are probably in most need of some primal scream therapy.  As Ono explains, "It’s very healthy to scream."  The most uninhibited among us--our children--seem to enjoy the exercise the most.

--Natalie Hegert

(Image: Yoko Ono performing her "Voice Piece For Soprano."  Courtesy of Museum of Modern Art.)



Posted by Natalie Hegert on 8/15/10

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