I’m not sure how I got lucky enough to do so, but I was able to see the Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn in DC with a pass, meaning I didn’t have to wait in line for hours to get in. I feel like the whole effect of the exhibit wouldn’t have been as incredible if it had been tainted by waiting in a line all morning. The installations were nothing but completely dazzling and unreal- I think my favorite one had to have been Dots Obsession: Love Transformed Into Dots, which my brother managed to snap a picture of me in, even with the amount of time each group is allotted (15-30 seconds depending on what room.)
Due to the short amount of time I could spend in each room, I didn’t take very many photos/videos- I wanted to experience the exhibit to the absolute fullest.
Here are the photos/videos I did take, though:
Infinity Mirror Room: Phalli’s Field-
She exhibited the works together in an attempt to create hallucinatory scenes of phallic surfaces but found the labor involved in making them physically and mentally taxing. In response to the labor intensity of this work, she started to utilize mirrors to achieve similar repetition. Infinity Mirror Room— Phalli’ s Field was perhaps the most important breakthrough for Kusama during this immensely fruitful period. The reflective surfaces allowed her vision to transcend the physical limitations of her own productivity.”
Infinity Mirror Room: The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
The ethereal nature of the installation can be traced back to the early 2000s, when Kusama began making dimly lit mirrored rooms, a departure from her earlier brightly colored and polka-dotted spaces. Continuing her exploration of the transience of life and the inevitability of death, this installation creates a harmonious and quiet place for visitors to contemplate their existence, reflect on the passage of time, and think about their relationship to the outer world.
My Eternal Soul paintings
Infinity Mirrored Room: Love Forever
During the 1966 exhibition opening of Kusama’s Peep Show, which featured this work, Kusama distributed buttons with the message “Love Forever” printed on them. For the artist, the concept of “Love Forever” stood for civil rights, sexual liberation, the antiwar movement, and the activist groups of the 1960s.