Friday, August 5, 2016

Kusama: At the End of the Universe

We were bowled over on Thursday by the Kusama exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston! Kusama: At the End of the Universe unites two of contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama's signature infinity rooms. I am NOT generally big on modern art, but I am HUGE on immersive, interactive experiences, and these were breathtaking...

The glowing forms of Love Is Calling shoot up from the floor and hang down from the ceiling. Covered in the artist's signature polka dots, these soft sculptures constantly change color. Further amplifying the experience as viewers pass through the room is a recording of Kusama's voice as she recites a love poem in Japanese, which echoes through the installation.

Kusama's Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity is an intimate space illuminated by an array of golden lights that ignite and then fade into darkness. Visitors enter and stand in the center of the room, finding themselves enveloped by a seemingly infinite horizon and then confronted by an equally infinite void.
(I snapped this last pic as the docent opened the door to lead us out.)

We had timed tickets for both rooms, and we entered each with just our small little group - delightful to enjoy just us. We all six did the rainbow room together, and we had to do two groups of three for the tiny gold lights. (The girls and then the boys wanted to be together, not families. :-P)

We would have stayed in there for hours, had they let us... Such a magical experience!!! And thankful to experience it with our competition cheer BFFs.

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