The Most Hyped Exhibit in Washington, DC

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Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity. 

– Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is currently on view at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. Being a DC metropolitan local, our instafeed for the past two months has been filled with pictures of the 6 different infinity mirror rooms. That’s right, SIX. This is the first time six of Kusama’s mirrored rooms are in one place, thanks to curator Mika Yoshitake. 

We had a chance to experience one of Kusama’s mirrored rooms at The Board in Los Angeles, CA this past summer. Can you imagine how happy we were when we found out this exhibit was going to be in our backyard AND have six rooms? We cried. Tears of joy, of course. 

Hirshhorn calls the exhibit an “unforgettable sensory journey through the mind and legacy of one of the world’s most popular artists,” and they are spot on. 

The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, Yayoi Kusama

The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, Yayoi Kusama

This exhibit is without a doubt the most hyped up thing in Washington, DC right now,

but it is so worth the hype. 

Love Forever, Yayoi Kusama

Dots Obsession – Love Transformed into Dots, Yayoi Kusama

Dots Obsession – Love Transformed into Dots, Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors isn’t your average art exhibit. Each infinity mirror room is an enclosed place. You wait in line and you are only given 20 seconds to experience the room. What does that mean? It means you only have 20 seconds to take as many pictures as you can for Instagram. So naturally, some of your pictures end up looking like this:

Phalli’s Field, Yayoi Kusama & Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, Yayoi Kusama

Didn’t get the perfect shot? You can wait in line again for that room. Even if you did get the perfect shot, you should experience the room again without taking pictures! Trust us, there’s a difference.

Expect lots of waiting, but it is worth it!

Expect lots of waiting, but it is worth it!

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, Yayoi Kusama

5 Reasons You Should Go to Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

  1. SIX infinity mirror rooms, need we say more?

  2. This is the largest collection of Kusama’s work in North America, so don’t miss out! Though if you’re traveling to Tokyo anytime soon, she has a massive ongoing exhibit at The National Art Center, Tokyo until May 22nd, 2017.

  3. If you’re a fan of Yayoi Kusama, this exhibit will teach you a lot about her past. Kusama is in her ninth decade of life, she’s been through a lot and it shows in her artwork.

  4. The exhibit is interactive! You literally immerse yourself into the infinity mirror rooms (even if it’s just for 20 seconds). But if that isn’t enough, the last room in the exhibit, The Obliteration Room, is fully interactive! The room is a blank canvas and you’re given colorful polka dots stickers to contribute. You become the artist, whoa.

  5. It’s an overall memorable experience!

THE EXHIBIT IS FREE, BUT YOU NEED TICKETS. Hurry! Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is only at the Hirshhorn until May 14th, 2017! Then it’s onto the next… 

Oh, you didn’t know this was a tour? 😉

Is it heading to your city? Are you going?

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  1. This looks so cool! Maybe I manage to see it in LA, do you know if there is anything planned in Europe or Asia as well?

    1. At the moment, no. At least not for this exhibit. But there is Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul at The National Art Center, Tokyo! But only until May 22nd :\

  2. Wow I had no idea you only got 20 seconds in the room, but it makes total sense. Good call on re-entering the room without taking photos, just to experience it completely!

  3. This is awesome! I love the pictures and I so want to enter the Obliteration room.

    It’s been such a while since I had some modern art in my face. Need to get my fix but not really in the right place for it now (in Central Otago, New Zealand). Was nice to live vicariously through you in this post!


  4. This looks amazing! I love interactive exhibitions and would love to see this one, but unfortunately it’s too far for me. But thanks for sharing it, at least I saw your nice pictures!

  5. This is my new favorite art installation and I’m not going to get to see it! I would love to see the West Coast of the USA venture towards promoting more fun, experiential art.

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