Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
Earlier this week I got the opportunity to visit the Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. I checked it out with Loren, my high school friend.
Getting tickets was the toughest part. Every Monday for three weeks straight, I tried to reserve passes when they dropped, only to be greeted with a server timeout error after about 15 seconds each time. Luckily, after a fourth try, I was able to get tickets.
When we first entered the exhibition, we had to wait in a queue, along with all of the other visitors that shared the same timeslot as we did, for about 10 minutes before seeing the first room. The rooms were each monitored by a guide, and each visitor was alloted exactly 30 seconds to view the rooms. (They even timed it with a stopwatch when you entered!)
Prior to seeing the exhibit in person, I looked up images on Google, and actually thought to myself, how cool exactly even is just seeing a bunch of lights and mirrors? Reminiscing my experiences with optical illusion museums, I naively anticipated that Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors would not be much different. And although the 30-second time limit made appreciating the rooms a bit rushed in a sense, every single room way exceeded my expectations.
Not all of the rooms were rooms to be physically entered. Some of them, instead, were built with windows that visitors could peep through, which I thought was a neat variation of the infinity theme.
At the very end end of the exhibit was a plain white room composed of colored circle stickers. Upon entering the room, a guide hands you a sheet of roughly 7 of these stickers, and gives you the freedom to place those stickers wherever in the room that you can reach. There’s also a cute little piano in the room that’s fully functional and open to anyone who wants to play! :)
I’d highly recommend this exhibit for anyone to check out!