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We Finally Saw Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors

After losing our original tickets to the snowstorm, we tried again and were able to score 4 tickets to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn yesterday.  I’ll admit that our earlier experience with the exhibit probably coloured how I felt about the exhibit.  But that’s art: you carry your baggage with you into every piece.

Was it worth it?  Yes.  I think.  Josh compared it to eating at a molecular gastronomy restaurant, which is more an experience than satiating your hunger.  This was definitely more an experience than a consumption of art.  There’s not a lot you can absorb in 20 seconds.  (Yes, you only get 20 seconds per room AND someone is outside with a stopwatch to make it fair.)  You’re thrown into the piece and then yanked out.

The kids LOVED it and were happy to stand patiently in each line.  There’s a lot to see while you’re in line, and we ended up chatting sometimes with the people around us.  (We spoke to a group of three that had gotten there at 7 am for 10 am stand-by tickets!)  And we definitely had a good time together; though how much of that was just hanging out with one another and how much of that was the art exhibit I have no clue.

Okay, I liked it.  I liked it very very much.

I took 281 images at the exhibit, but here are a few to give you a taste.


1 TasIVFer { 03.29.17 at 7:29 am }

We have Dots Obsession at MONA. https://flic.kr/p/P4DZNG

2 A.M.S. { 03.29.17 at 8:31 am }

I so glad you got to go!! I’m so sorry you couldn’t just take it all in without a time limit hanging over you. But it looks amazing!

Was the room with all the “stars” as awesome as we thought it would be?

3 m. { 03.29.17 at 2:27 pm }

20 seconds?!? Whoa. That’s not a lot of time to process. I’m still desperate to get in there.

Have you ever eaten at a molecular gastronomy restaurant? I’m fairly curious about that, too.

4 jjiraffe { 03.29.17 at 7:39 pm }

Wow – this exhibit looks like amazing eye candy!

5 Justine { 03.29.17 at 10:45 pm }

Whoa. That looks amazing … my kids would love it, too.

6 Tiff { 03.30.17 at 4:58 pm }

Very cool, but it seems like 20 seconds isn’t nearly enough.

7 loribeth { 03.30.17 at 5:05 pm }

I’ll admit, when you first posted about this exhibit, I’d never heard of it or the artist, & I wasn’t quite sure why the big deal or why tickets were so hard to get. Now I get it. 🙂 Pretty cool! Although I agree, 20 seconds is nowhere near enough time to absorb everything.

8 Charlotte { 03.30.17 at 8:26 pm }

So glad you guys finally got to see it! It looks pretty cool, but I’m still angry with the museum for treating you so poorly during the snowstorm. And 20 seconds on a timer per room?!?! That’s hardly enough time to really process everything you saw. That sounds kind of disappointing to me.

9 Jess { 03.31.17 at 9:17 am }

AMAZING. 20 seconds? How to make 20 seconds last longer…although maybe you could get lost with more time in some sort of mirrory sensory overload. It looks awesome, I am so glad you got to go. And that typewriter photo is beautiful! My favorite without your face is the floating candles. Reminds me of Hogwarts.

10 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.31.17 at 4:42 pm }

Thanks for sharing the exhibit with those of us who probably won’t be able to go.

Of course, the last one if my favorite <3. Talk about a work of art.

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