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Kusama's Infinity Mirrors - Hirshhorn Museum Washington, DC

Kusama's Infinity Mirrors - Hirshhorn Museum Washington, DC

We achieved the impossible. We managed to get tickets to the Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC. To say there's hype around this place is an understatement.

But it was no easy feat! We woke up at dawn on a Saturday and drove into DC to get in line for same day entry tickets, and we just narrowly snagged some. 

Doing a little happy dance, we skipped inside to see what all the hype was about. 

A little background: Yayoi Kusama is a world-renowned, Japanese artist. Pop art, minimalism, collage, performance art, feminism... she's tackled it all. Her most recent exhibit in DC has completely overwhelmed the museum scene thanks mainly in part to social media. And it's easy to see why her work is attracting interest...

We discovered that the 3 hour line we waiting in to get inside would not be the last of the day's waiting. In order to get into the six infinity rooms, you have to wait in more lines. To keep the crowds moving through, patrons are only allowed 30 seconds in each room. 

First up - Phalli's Field :: 1965

This field is made out of stuffed cotton, and mirrors line the small space reflecting on and on and on and on

and just like that we're back out into the main space and onto the next (mini) room - Love Forever :: 1966.

Mom and Dad peeking into the visual abyss.

Mom and Dad peeking into the visual abyss.

Luckily while in between rooms, hundreds of Kusama's other work kept us entertained. 

This next room is where the magic starts to happen.

The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away :: 2013

30 seconds in this space felt like floating in the milky way. (Or at least what I imagine that would feel like.)

My eyes and camera had trouble taking in even a quarter of this cosmic closet. 

My lens clearly couldn't handle it.

My lens clearly couldn't handle it.

And just like that they whip open the door, light floods in, and the moment is gone.

The next room is a bit more whimsical! Dots Obsession - Love Transformed into Dots :: 2007

This is what my dad is looking into...

Finally, my favorite room - Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity :: 2009.

If I could pay a membership to use this space as a meditation room, I absolutely would. 

Similar in tone, but different in structure, the final room is All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins :: 2016.

We had to be careful not to lose our balance on this tiny runway and fall into the pumpkins. (At least I did.) 

And finally, we exited through the Obliteration Room. Technically it's not one of the six infinity rooms but just roll with it. On your way in you're given a sheet of colored stickers to go wild with! Seriously - we could put one anywhere. The idea is that as the exhibit goes on, the room will get more and more crowded until it's been, well obliterated. 

If you're feeing lucky, the last day to see this exhibition in DC is May 14th. But good news! Its next stop is Seattle and then moves on to LA.

"Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity."

–Yayoi Kusama

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