If you know me then you know I am completely fascinated by the cosmos and have recently been on a muti-verse theory kick. (multi verse theory = infinite universes that go on foreva and eva)
That being said, I was really, really excited to visit the highly anticipated Infinity Mirrors exhibit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
I like the idea of infinite. Although it’s eternal, it feels so intimate. Our minds, the world around us, the stars above us and the physics beyond our realm of understanding are all connected in a beautiful, symbiotic relationship of soul and element. Without these connections, we are nothing.
I know, deep stuff.
Kusama expresses this connection in her artwork. She too, is fascinated by the idea of infinity. If you are on Instagram, you may have come across a mirror selfie from one of her “infinity rooms” and maybe noticed like….a lot of polka dots.
Her creative vision began at the young age of 6. In her mind, she would see endless fields of dots that covered everything. To cope with the visions, she began drawing vast webs of the dots in what she fondly refers to as “infinity nets”
“My [infinity] nets grew beyond myself and beyond the canvases I was covering with them. They began to cover the walls, the ceiling, and finally the whole universe. I was always standing at the center of the obsession, over the passionate accretion and repetition inside of me”
The collection of her 65 years of work is currently in the Hirshhorn, an art museum in D.C. The collection is a very immersive exhibit where you have the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with the work in different rooms.
The walls of the rooms are completely covered with mirrors to create the illusion of infinity. Reflected in the mirrors are things like plush dot fields, hanging light structures, and pumpkins – which she loves because they are funny looking and she thinks humor is a great way to cope with all of the crappy things that happen in the world. There is also an all white room where you are given a sticker sheet and are able to place the stickers wherever you want.
Along the way, you will see many paintings and odd sculptures that are a great addition to the overall experience.
Because the exhibit is so immersive and the perfect opportunity to stunt on the ‘gram, it’s VERY popular. So popular in fact, that if you are able to score a ticket you may have to wait in long lines to see the rooms.
I went mid-day on a Saturday and I guess that since it’s a weekend day, it was obnoxiously crowded. It took two hours for us to get to the first room, and a lot of the rooms after had about 40-minute waits. I am not always the most patient person so there were a lot of rooms I skipped over. However, thanks to the internet, I can live vicariously through the brave souls who did decide to wait.
The art is beautiful, I absolutely love the meaning behind it and find Kusama interesting, but I feel like I didn’t get the experience I was hoping for with the crowds being so large.
I am not mad, and defiantly don’t want to discourage others from going, but I do have some suggestions on things I would do differently.
Every Monday at noon, they release timed passes for that week. I would suggest getting yours for in the morning, that way the crowds don’t have time to “back up” (when I went my pass was for 1:30 and we didn’t even get in until about 2:30). Also, if you are able to, I feel like going on a weekday would be better since a lot of people are at work.
I am hoping to try to get more tickets and see the rooms I didn’t get to see. I really wanted to go into the room with the multi-colored lights because it looks like a galaxy. The rooms and art I did see, however, were just as beautiful in person as they are online and I am hoping that her work will inspire millions to think a little more abstractly about our relationship with infinity.