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Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors is the Most Popular in Town

Hey Cuties,

Pictures of Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrors images constantly filled my timeline on social media.  If there is one thing we love in the DC area, it is something exclusive.  The harder to get into the more determined we are.  We must get in so we can brag to those that could not. Although we exercise this mentality over a variety of things, this it was an art exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum.  The museum spent two years getting ready to give us 20 – 30 seconds of wow.

The YAYOI KUSAMA, Infinity Mirrors is on display at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum Feb. 23rd –May 14th. The crazy thing about all the fandom is that it is a free exhibit.

To timed passes you can do one of the following:

  • Free Timed Passes are required to visit Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Demand is high for this landmark exhibition, and passes go quickly when released.
  • Advanced Timed Passes (Every Monday at noon)
  • A limited number of same-day Walk-Up Timed Passes will be available at the Museum.
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Accumulations

Kusama began making the Accumulations or “soft sculptures” in the early 1960s. Through creating countless soft phallic tubers and attaching them to furniture, the artist hoped to conquer her fear of sex and the phallus through a kind of self-therapy.

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Accumulations

Artworks made from sofas, chairs, step ladders, dressers, and a large table were presented together in Kusama: Driving Image Show, a 1964 installation that functioned as a “total environment.” Blue Spots and Red Stripes, both Accumulations, serve as important precursors to Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field. In Phalli’s Field, however, the tubers emerge from the floor rather than from panels on the wall and are multiplied ad infinitum by surrounding mirrors.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Accumulations

After focusing on performances for a few years, Kusama returned to making sculptures in the mid-1970s, continuing to use phallic forms. She often coated these works with silver paint, evoking the reflective surfaces of her Infinity Mirror Rooms.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Accumulations

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

There are six mirrors at the exhibit. You get 20 – 30 seconds inside of each one. Yes, people are waiting for a few seconds of excitement. I must say they are cool. I had to maximize my time in each so I didn’t get to snap pictures. I figured video is better.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field

1965/2016: Stuffed cotton, board, and mirrors

Kusama spent much of her time between 1962 and 1964 sewing thousands of stuffed fabric tubers and grafting them to furniture and found objects to create her Accumulation sculptures. 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.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots

2007: Vinyl balloons, balloon dome with mirror room, peep-in mirror dome, and video projection

In 1996, Kusama began creating a series of installations incorporating polka-dotted balloons. Hanging from the ceiling and occupying the floor, these inflatable objects disrupt the viewer’s path. 

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots

Visually this was my absolute favorite, pink is my color of choice.

The balloon to my right (your left) was a firm ball with a peephole. The image below is what you saw when you looked inside.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots

A look on the inside.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Infinity Mirrored Room—Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity

2009: Wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LEDs, and aluminum
In Infinity Mirrored Room—Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, golden lanterns flicker, creating a shimmering pattern of light that contrasts with the seemingly endless void of the mirrored black space.  The imagery in this work recalls the Japanese tradition of toro nagashi, a ceremony in which paper lanterns known as chochin float down a river to guide ancestral spirits back to their resting places on the final night of the summer obon festivals. 

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins

2016: Wood, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, and LEDs
Coming from a family that cultivated and sold plant seeds for a living, Kusama saw a pumpkin for the first time during a childhood visit to a seed-harvesting farm with her grandfather. The glowing pumpkins, modeled after the Japanese kabocha squash, are married with Kusama’s signature polka dot pattern within an infinitely repeating space.

Welcome to The Point of No Return

This room signifies no turning back. This was the exhibit exit and you could not re-enter. This room started out with items donated by the local Ikea. (Babe and I knew that the minute we stepped inside.) They painted every single inch of the items white.  The exhibits are designed to be interactive down to this room.  There is no time limit in this room.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

When you enter this room, they give you a sheet of stickers. You MUST use all your stickers prior to leaving this room.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Selfie

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Polka Dot Favor

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Playing a little tune…

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Creativity at its best

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

Adding my dots to the room

Coming to a City Near You

  • Seattle Art Museum: June 30–Sept 10, 2017
  • The Broad: Los Angeles, Oct 21, 2017–Jan 1, 2018
  • Art Gallery of Ontario: Toronto, March 3–May 27, 2018
  • Cleveland Museum of Art: July 9–Sept 30, 2018
  • High Museum of Art: Nov 18, 2018–Feb 17, 2019

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors

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Join the discussion

  1. Keisha Adinkra

    This is so interesting! I have always been kind of fascinated with soft sculpture. The last room is so crazy I wonder how often they have to remove those stickers lol.

  2. Terri

    I’ve never heard of this place, but it looks amazing! Seems like so much fun. I know I would have a blast there – especially in that sticker room.

  3. Christy Maurer

    That is just too cool! I love how all of the reflections are just endless. This would be such a fun place to visit.

  4. robin rue

    Woah, those are crazy cool! I have a perfect spot in my house for one of those!!

  5. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That is so amazingly cool! I love these installations so much. My favorite is the room with all the orbs. VERY cool.

  6. lisa

    These pictures are so neat! I would love to check out all of these different rooms and mirrors. How very cool!

  7. Jeanette

    That place looks like Dr. Seuss made it. It would be a lot of fun to explore through there. I think my husband and I would have a great date night there. It looks like you all did too.

  8. Katie Kinsley

    Awesome art installations to see! I love the multi-colored dots and are those metallic fingers? Creepy!

  9. Lisa Kempton

    Wow, those pictures are amazing. It looks like a great exhibit to visit in DC. What was your favorite part?

    • MimiCuteLips

      Experience each mirror room was my favorite. The thought put behind the lighting and how they illuminate was incredible.

  10. Saidah Washington

    These exitbits are different than any i’ve ever seen before. The Infinity Mirrored Room—Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity is the one that most interesting to me.

  11. Pam

    I love the polka dot room. That’s one of the coolest exhibits that I have seen. The infinity mirrors are really interesting.

  12. Claudia Krusch

    I would love to see this exhibit in person. You are so lucky you were able to get in. It is so fascinating.

  13. Joely Smith

    Oh my gosh! What a COOL place! Thank you for taking time out of your own personal experience to bring us along with you virtually! Awesome!

  14. Dogvills

    Infinity mirror is an interesting and very unique art. I love the dotted room, especially the piano and the typewriter.

  15. Karlyn Cruz

    Wow! Its wonderful. Very colorful but it so beautiful in the eyes. So much interesting!

  16. Felecia Monique

    I’ve been dying to go to this exhibit. Thanks for the reminder.

  17. Chasity L Boatman

    I love art museums, and Yayoi Kasama’s art is stunning. You should watch the Youtube video about her discussing her mental health issues and how it plays into her art.

  18. Victoria Heckstall

    Very awesome! It looks good. I am so glad to have that kind.

  19. Jay Colby

    I love all the colors from the point of no return. This seems like an amazing art exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum.

  20. Terri Beavers

    Oh wow, just wow. The YAYOI KUSAMA, Infinity Mirrors is something I would really enjoy seeing. I will have to see if that is doable sometime.

  21. uprunforlife

    Those look so interesting. This is the first time that I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing, it would be cool to see these in person.

  22. Kita

    I would love to see this in person. I can picture the perfect photoshoot with this as the backdrop.

  23. Jennifer

    So many polka dots! Wow! The Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit looks very interesting. I’d love to visit this in person.

  24. sara

    I also have been hearing so much about this exhibit. I really cannot believe people are going so crazy over something you can spend 30 seconds in! Your pics are so cute!

  25. Shannon Gurnee

    Oh my gosh – those are so cool! I would love to check those out someday!

  26. Debra Schroeder

    This is such a fun and unique exhibit. Too bad I live too far away. 🙁

  27. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    It’s the first time I’ve heard of the Kusama Infinity Mirrors and I find it interesting! It must be awesome to see this in person.

  28. Echo

    Oh my god, what a cool place! I would seriously love to visit there. You got some great pictures too!

  29. Marsha

    Wow that is such an interesting and intriguing exhibit!! I love that polka dot room too. I’d have fun in there.

  30. Stacie

    Now this is some pretty interesting artwork. I think all those mirrors might seriously freak me out though. You guys look cool though.

  31. Lia World Traveler

    This is awesome, thank you for sharing. This is exactly the kind of exhibit I like to take my children to, interactive, visually stimulating, and bright.

  32. Ramona

    This is a cool exhibit. I like the pink balloons with the black polka dots. I also like the room on no return. It’s so creative.

  33. Oyinkan Ogunleye

    You just made me miss going to museums. I love the room with all the colors. So pretty.

  34. Eloise

    I can see why it’s most popular! I’ve never been to a place like that, but I sure would like to check it out some time… thanks for sharing : )

  35. Eloise

    I can see why it’s most popular! I’ve never been to a place like that, but I sure would like to check it out some time… thanks for sharing : )

  36. Ashleigh

    Glad you got to go! I stood in line for hours to get same day tickets and don’t regret it at all. The rooms were worth the lines to get them and you come out with cool pics to add to the hooplah on your timeline! lol

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