November 19, 2017.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.
The Broad Museum. Los Angeles, California.
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist that is famous for covering canvases, rooms, and objects in polka dots. I've been a fan of hers for a while now. I was first introduced to Yayoi's art back in 2012 when she collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a capsule collection in which she covered the Speedy, Neverfull, Keepall, and other accessories in her polka dots.
I was fascinated with her work. We then visited the Guggenheim Museum in New York and saw a few of her pieces, including the large balloons covered in polka dots. Looking at the pattern of the dots and their varying sizes is mesmerizing, so naturally, when we found out the Broad was hosting an exhibit, we HAD to get tickets.
The exhibit has 5 separate rooms that you would go into with your group for 30 seconds each. It was nice because we could really take-in each installation without being distracted by other guests. I will say though, it wasn't enough time to set-up and take pictures with our camera. We took most of these with our iPhones! (Blogger problems!)
The first room we went into was the infinity lights room, which was so much cooler than I thought it would be. This room made me feel like we were sitting in space among the stars. The next room was the pink/purple room that had the giant balloons that are covered in black polka dots. The next room was all white with sculptures covered in red polka dots (Rocky's favorite room). After that, we headed to the second infinity lights room, which reminded us of the lantern festival. We then peeked into a box with mini lights then headed to the next room to see the pumpkins. In between the rooms, the museum showcased a lot of Kusama's other paintings and sculptures. The last room was the sticker room! This room wasn't timed so, you can really spend time here and interact with the art. Visitors are given a sticker pack of 5 polka dot stickers to place anywhere they want in the room. It's cool to see how much of the room has been covered so far with all of the stickers. Rocky didn't completely want to give up her stickers though. She would place it on something then try to take it back.
We brought Rocky, and although she's still too young to understand the art, we hope that she'll eventually learn to appreciate it.