(Online) On Yayoi Kusama at the Hirshhorn: Presenting “Eternity”
This program is online only.
The Hirshhorn set records with its 2017 exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, which featured the Japanese artist’s acclaimed polka dots and spellbinding visions. Now, the museum has opened One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection, an exhibit featuring five of Kusama’s artworks in the Hirshhorn collection, including two of her immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms. Building on the legacy of the previous blockbuster, One with Eternity cements the enduring art-historical connection between the visionary artist and the Smithsonian’s national museum of modern art on the National Mall.
The exhibition illuminates Kusama’s seven-decade practice through works in the museum’s permanent collection, including Pumpkin (2016) and Flowers—Overcoat (1964); and an early painting. Among the collection’s new additions is the artist’s very first Infinity Mirror Room, created originally in 1965, and one of her most recent rooms.
Betsy Johnson, assistant curator at the Hirshhorn Museum, who organized One with Eternity, will discuss Yayoi Kusama and the exhibition within the broader context of the artist’s life and practice.
This program is presented by Smithsonian Associates in partnership with the Hirshhorn Museum.
A ticket to this online program does not include entry into One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection. Questions about how to see the exhibition? See our FAQ.
Yayoi Kusama, “Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe,” 2018. Wood and glass mirrored room with paper lanterns, 119 5/8 x 245 1/8 x 245 1/8 in. (304 x 622.4 x 622.4 cm). Courtesy Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro, London/Venice. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Purchased jointly by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2020), and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, with funds from the George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, by exchange.
(Online) Film: Kusama: Infinity
Advance registration is required for link to screening. This program is online only. Screening will be available for the first 500 viewers on a first-come, first served basis.
Advance Insider tickets available now (space is limited)
General tickets available Monday, February 28, 12 pm ET
Questions? Email Hirshhornexperience@si.edu
Get to know the artist behind the mindblowing Infinity Mirror Rooms in One With Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection.
Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time on the cusp of her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day.
Running time: 78 minutes
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Image credit: Image courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures