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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Video Title:
Adding Dots to Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room

Description:
Students from Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center visited the "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" exhibition. In Yayoi Kusama’s “The Obliteration Room,” visitors add colorful dot stickers to eliminate the traces of the original white room through the act of communal “obliteration.” Recalling Kusama’s earlier polka-dotted environments and her performances that activated bodies through participation, this installation demonstrates her utopian desire for radical connectivity. The polka dot acts as a universal equalizer, a connector between all of us as we collectively participate in obliterating the environment by placing dots in the installation.

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124

Video Duration:
45 sec

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Douglas Gordon, Scottish, b. Glasgow, 1966

Video installation

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, From the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund and Museum Purchase through a gift from Paul and Anastasia Polydoran in honor of Jim Demetrion, 2005) and the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main (Purchase with the Partners of the MMK: DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale, DELTON AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Eurohypo AG, Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, KfW Bankengruppe, UBS Deutschland AG, and the kindly support of the beneficence by Margarethe und Gustav Kober, Frankfurt am Main

Accession Number: 05.13

Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Works from the Collection," 15 February-8 April 2007, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Fragments in Time and Space," 23 June-28 August 2011, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Days of Endless Time," 16 October 2014-12 April 2015, no cat.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection