Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors in Atlanta

Just one month left to see the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta on its last stop in the US!

Yayoi Kusama: Dots Obsession-Love Transformed Into Dots, 2007

Tickets for the exhibit went on sale in September, selling out in three days. If you didn’t manage to purchase tickets, approximately 100 walk-up tickets are available at the museum daily until February 10th. Walk-up ticket sales begin 1 hour before the Museum opens (10 am Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm on Sunday), but it is advised to get there early as lines form before then.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrored Room-Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009

If making the trip all the way to Atlanta without a guarantee of getting tickets isn’t an option, you have yet another chance to score tickets to the highly acclaimed exhibit. High Museum reserved the final week of tickets to accommodate possible cancellations due to inclement weather, and these remaining tickets will be released for sale February 5, at 10 am online at The tickets are for specific time slots from February 11 through 17; walk-up tickets will not be sold during this week.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929) has been described as one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists, and the Infinity Mirrors exhibit earning her the title of most-Instagrammed artist of our times. Organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the exhibit is a showcase of six decades of Kusama’s work, culminating with the Infinity Mirror Rooms, her iconic, kaleidoscopic environments. According to the High Museum website, the exhibition presents six of these rooms as well as sculptures, paintings, works on paper, film excerpts, archival ephemera, and additional large-scale installations that span the early 1950s to the present day.

Yayoi Kusama: Life (Repetitive Vision), 1998

If you do manage to purchase tickets, be prepared to show up early to give yourself time to park and find the museum. There is a queue in the lobby, and visitors with tickets are allowed into the exhibit at the designated time. The Infinity Mirror Rooms have separate queues, allowing visitors in 2, 3 or 4 at a time. Tip: If you don’t particularly care who you enter the room with, you may line up in the ‘singles’ line for certain rooms, which will get you in much faster than the main line.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrored Room-The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013

Some of the rooms feature strobe lights, while others can have a dizzying effect from depth (mis)perception. You only get 20-30 second per room, so take advantage of the moment by experiencing it, instead of trying to snap photos. You can always duck in a second time for a photo or two. One room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, does not allow photography. Another ‘room’ Love Forever is only for sticking your head in; in all the Infinity Mirror Rooms the viewer becomes a part of the exhibit. The final room, The Obliteration Room, allows guests to place stickers on the surfaces of the room, thereby leaving their own mark on the exhibit.

Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room, 2002-present, installed 2018

If you don’t make it to Atlanta to see the exhibit, next time you’re in Raleigh stop by the North Carolina Museum of Art. Last year the museum added Yayoi Kusama’s “Light of Life" to their permanent collection, the porthole exhibit similar to Love Forever. And make sure to use #infinitekusama when tagging on Instagram…

Note: The High Museum posted a timelapse on their Facebook site of the Obliteration Room - you can see it here.

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