So, I realized that this post was still in my drafts folder and I had never posted it! Though the exhibition closed on May 14th, here’s a little #TBT to my visits to the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum, which for its run was the hottest ticket in DC.
I have long been a fan of Kusama’s work, and when I heard that her Mirrors collection would be showing at the Hirshhorn, I was psyched to get tickets. After the success of Wonder at the Renwick, I knew that tickets would be difficult to secure. Nate ended up getting us a membership to the Hirshhorn to secure us tickets. Because he went early to get our memberships, he was also able to secure afternoon passes, so we were able to visit the exhibition twice! Thankfully for that, because the lines to see each “room” were 30 minutes or so, which led to us skipping two of the rooms on or first visit. The second time we brought our friend Tom and my friend Rebecca.
Kusama’s work is very unique. I love her feminist subtext and how she has incorporated sexuality into her pieces while maintaining enough abstract design to keep it appealing to the masses. The exhibition did a wonderful job of incorporating her pieces alongside the main attraction of the infinity rooms.
Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field
The first room was Phalli’s Field. Nate and I experienced this one on the first trip together, and then Rebecca and I went in for our second visit. It’s a senses overload. There is so much to see, and you only get 20 seconds. We quickly learned, go in, take your photos so that you can fully experience it later, and then if there is time take a look around. 20 seconds goes by VERY FAST.
Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever
This one has two openings to look inside. Nate looked into one opening, and I the other. The lights change colors and create some beautiful effects. It reminded me of a carousel or carnival ride.
Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots
This work is shown in two pieces, a micro and macro. This piece was so beautiful! It’s a large orb, and there is a pinhole to look through and you can see all of these gorgeous crystal orbs inside.
The large scale version is a room filled with balloons. It was larger than the other rooms and the whole room was shaped like one of the dot balls.
I wore this dress from ASOS the second time around. I think it’s so pretty with the sequins and the flutter sleeves!
Infinity Mirrored Room—Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity
The lights dim and then relight and flicker. It is an incredible experience. You feel like you are surrounded by a thousand fireflies flickering on and off. It is supposed to represent the Japanese tradition of floating paper lanterns down a river, usually in commemoration of the victims of the atomic bombs.
Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins
Kusama has an especial love for pumpkins, supposedly the shapes speak to her. We were grateful to get to see this exhibit, as the first time we visited, it was closed due to an idiot trying to capture a selfie stepping on one and breaking it. More art has been lost to selfies than should ever exist. Because of this, the museum staff has to enter the room with you.
Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
This exhibit was my favorite. You enter the room and it slowly lights up. It’s absolutely stunning! Because Nate and I got to see it together our first visit, Rebecca joined me for this one. I wish that you could get more than 20 seconds, because it is so difficult to fully experience this one. It makes you feel like you are standing on the edge of the universe.
The premise of this room, is that it began with every single item painted completely white. Staff gives you a sheet of stickers, and you can place them anywhere in the room. you can see how much denser the color becomes from the first visit to the second!
Just your average workday. I wore all white on the first visit, because I thought it would make for better photos in the obliteration room.
Do I blend?
I can’t resist a bar cart!
Playing a tune…
Nate and me
Me and Tom!
Sequin Dress: ASOS