Yayoi Kusama's Phallis Field Infinity Mirror Room

Join us on a journey inside the wondrous, bold, and ever-dotted world of one of today’s most influential artists: Yayoi Kusama. This petite exhibition explores the artist’s legacy and career through the lens of five of her artworks in the Hirshhorn’s collection. Owing to the nature of the artwork, free Timed Passes are required to experience One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection.


FREE TIMED PASSES

How can I experience the exhibition?

Same-day Timed Passes: Every visitor ages 12 and up is required to have a free Timed Pass to enter for this experience, as gallery capacity is limited. Throughout the eight-month exhibition, free same-day Timed Passes will be distributed at the Museum Tuesdays–Sundays beginning at 9:30 am on a first-come, first-served basis until all the day’s passes have been claimed. Each person over the age of 12 may claim up to two passes, based on availability.

Hirshhorn Insider Member Passes: As one benefit of their museum membership, Hirshhorn Insider members are invited to plan ahead online by choosing an available date between April 1 and November 27. Members enjoy two or more one-time timed passes to One with Eternity based on their membership level. Passes are available online now, powered by Etix. Insiders will receive an email with instructions on how to book. Are you a Hirshhorn Insider who needs assistance? Email hmsgdevelopment@si.edu.

Not a Hirshhorn Insider? You can join at any time and enjoy access to Kusama. Join now! 

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Due to high demand, not all timeslots for “One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection” will be available to members during its eight-month engagement.

We want you to experience this exhibition and recommend planning in advance with a degree of flexibility as timed-entry is limited.

Why do I need a pass to see the exhibition?

Two of the artworks in this exhibition are small, enclosed, immersive spaces that are viewable to up to two visitors at a time. In order to accommodate as many visitors as possible, and to provide a socially distanced and comfortable experience with minimal lines, a Timed Pass is required for each visitor above the age of 12.

Do children need passes?

Children ages 12 and under do not need a Timed Pass if they are accompanied by an adult passholder. Each adult passholder may bring up to two children inside the exhibition and each Infinity Mirror Room. Strollers are allowed in the exhibition galleries but not inside either of the Infinity Mirror Rooms.


ARRIVAL AND ENTRY

Will there be long lines?

We anticipate that this will be a popular experience. There may be long wait times to claim your pass at 9:30 am. Once you have a pass, please arrive within 10 minutes of your time slot. Passes will be honored no longer than 10 minutes after the time for which they are issued. You may need to wait 10 to 15 minutes to enter the exhibition, and possibly, another 10 to 15 minutes to experience each Infinity Mirror Room. Each experience in an Infinity Mirror Room lasts approximately 30 seconds per the artist’s instructions. Lightweight gallery stools are available upon request.

I arrived early and my scheduled time slot is several hours away. Can I come back?

Yes. You can leave the Museum and return before your time. Passes are not required to enter the Museum itself. You are encouraged to explore the Hirshhorn’s other exciting exhibitions or enjoy a refreshment at Dolcezza Café on the Hirshhorn campus while you wait.

Can I see the exhibition more than once?

Yes, but you will have to get a new pass each time. Your Timed Pass allows entry to the exhibition once, entering each gallery once and in order on the day and time printed on your pass. Visitors will be guided through the exhibition in a single direction and will not be able to double back. Staff will be on hand to remind visitors of the exhibition’s progression so that you can make the most of your experience.

Once you have visited One with Eternity, you are encouraged to explore the rest of the Museum!


INFINITY MIRROR ROOMS

Can I walk anywhere inside the Infinity Mirror Rooms?

No. There are designated floor paths in each Infinity Mirror Room. You may not deviate from these paths or touch anything inside the rooms.

The second Infinity Mirror Room, Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe (2018), features a path lined by a 4-inch lip, with a sharp left turn followed by a sharp right turn. Visitors will be reminded to stay on this path and be mindful of where they step.

Diagram of path through My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe

Is the exhibition accessible to those with disabilities?

This exhibition contains two Infinity Mirror Rooms—artworks which a visitor may opt to enter. These rooms include mirror-lined spaces, including one with LED lights that slowly change color. Visitors with sensitivities to flashing lights or dark, enclosed spaces may wish to bypass this experience. Both Infinity Mirror Rooms have accessible ramps to the doorway.

  • The first Infinity Mirror Room, Phalli’s Field (1965/2017), features a doorway that is 30 inches wide and leads to a 4-foot wide runway. A visitor using a wheelchair will need to back out of the doorway as there is insufficient clearance to turn around on the runway. Staff are on hand to assist with entering and exiting, if requested.
  • The second Infinity Mirror Room, Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe (2018), features a doorway that is 33 inches wide. Upon entry, all visitors move in one direction only on a path from the first door through to the exit out the second door.

The Hirshhorn strives to make our exhibitions and programs accessible. If you have questions or concerns about accessibility, we’d love to hear from you. Please call 202-633-1000 or email us at HirshhornExperience@si.edu.

Is this exhibition the same as Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors?

No. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors was a limited-time exhibition that was presented at the Hirshhorn in 2017 and later toured the United States and Canada. It is no longer on view. One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection is a new, petite exhibition featuring five artworks by Kusama in the Hirshhorn’s collection, including two recently acquired Infinity Mirror Rooms.


MUSEUM GUIDELINES

Can I take pictures?

Yes. You may take non-flash pictures for personal use. Tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks, however, may not be used. Share your images with @Hirshhorn using #EternalKusama!

If you have questions about professional or commercial filming, photography, or photo shoots, please contact hmsgpress@si.edu.

What should I bring?

Travel light! Please leave large bags and backpacks at home. Free lockers are available on the Museum’s lower level, but space is limited. Bags are not permitted inside the Infinity Mirror Rooms. You will be asked to leave your bag outside the rooms before you enter. For the latest masking policies, please see the Smithsonian’s health and safety guidelines [link to: https://www.si.edu/visit/tips].

Please note: For the safety and security of our visitors and the art, all bags are screened upon entry to the Museum. Learn more about restricted items.

Are strollers allowed in the exhibition?

Strollers are allowed in the exhibition galleries but not inside the Infinity Mirror Rooms. Stroller parking is available in the lower level of the Museum. You will be able to park your stroller outside the rooms before you enter.

Don’t see your question answered here?

Contact us at HirshhornExperience@si.edu or call 202-633-1000. Hirshhorn Insider members can contact hmsgdevelopment@si.edu

How many passes will be distributed each day?

The number of free Timed Passes distributed each day will vary. On some days, the Museum will invite groups of DC-area schoolchildren to experience the exhibition. Non-routine maintenance of the artworks and other factors may also affect pass availability. The Museum will distribute the maximum number of passes possible each day while protecting the artworks and preserving the safety and comfort of our visitors.

Can I buy tickets to the exhibition?

Passes for this exhibition are free and are available only from the Hirshhorn Museum. We strongly discourage you from purchasing free passes from third parties. Each pass contains a unique barcode that can be used only once. The Hirshhorn Museum and the Smithsonian assume no liability for loss, and entry will not be granted to passholders who have purchased passes from third parties.

Can I make an advance reservation?

Yes. Hirshhorn Insider members can book ahead online throughout the run of the exhibition. You can become a member and enjoy this benefit, along with the many other benefits of being an Insider, at any time. Not a Hirshhorn Insider? Join today!

Due to high demand, not all timeslots for “One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection” will be available to members during its eight-month engagement.

We want you to experience this exhibition and recommend planning in advance with a degree of flexibility as timed-entry is limited.

What is a Hirshhorn Insider?

Hirshhorn Insiders are Hirshhorn Museum members. Hirshhorn Insiders enjoy a variety of year-round benefits, including access to special exhibitions and programs. The generous support of our members allows the Hirshhorn to continue to present groundbreaking work by artists from around the world and present exhibitions like One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection.

How do I become a Hirshhorn Insider?

Learn more about becoming part of the Hirshhorn Insider membership program. After you join, you’ll be able to use your Insider ID number to view available dates and time slots and reserve your exhibition passes online.

I received an Insider membership as a gift. How do I claim my passes?

Follow the link in your Hirshhorn Insider membership confirmation email and use your Insider ID number to reserve your Timed Passes to the exhibition. If you have trouble redeeming your Insider benefits, please email us at HMSGdevelopment@si.edu.

Can I bring my school group to the exhibition?

We look forward to welcoming school groups into the exhibition. Advance registration will be required and subject to availability. If you are a teacher and would like more information, please submit a tour request form.

Can I reserve the Museum for a private event?

If you have questions about arranging a private or corporate event, please email hirshhornevents@si.edu.


Do I need a pass if …

I’m a Smithsonian employee, volunteer, or Smithsonian-affiliated staff?

Smithsonian employees, contractors, interns, volunteers, and other affiliated staff will need to obtain free Timed Passes, and will not be able to access this exhibition using their ID badges. Stay tuned for updates on special staff days and events.

I am an employee of another, non-Smithsonian museum?

Due to the anticipated popularity and limited capacity of this exhibition, it is not possible for the Hirshhorn to guarantee entry to One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama at the Hirshhorn to our colleagues from other museums and cultural institutions.

I’m a member of the press?

Members of the press actively covering One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection require a press pass, which must be arranged in advance by emailing hmsgpress@si.edu.