Infinity Mirrors Exhibit entrances Atlanta community

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Infinity Mirrors Exhibit entrances Atlanta community

Concluding its five-stop tour around art museums in North America, Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit ended at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art on February 17, 2019. Stepping off the elevator and into the exhibit, visitors came face-to-face with an eye-catching sculpture garden of uniquely-shaped objects in front of multiple canvases of vibrant paintings. From start to finish, the sculptures and paintings left art-lovers inspired and in awe.

Concluding its five-stop tour around art museums in North America, Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit ended at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art on February 17, 2019. Stepping off the elevator and into the exhibit, visitors came face-to-face with an eye-catching sculpture garden of uniquely-shaped objects in front of multiple canvases of vibrant paintings. From start to finish, the sculptures and paintings left art-lovers inspired and in awe.

Tara Anastasoff

Concluding its five-stop tour around art museums in North America, Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit ended at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art on February 17, 2019. Stepping off the elevator and into the exhibit, visitors came face-to-face with an eye-catching sculpture garden of uniquely-shaped objects in front of multiple canvases of vibrant paintings. From start to finish, the sculptures and paintings left art-lovers inspired and in awe.

Tara Anastasoff

Tara Anastasoff

Concluding its five-stop tour around art museums in North America, Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit ended at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art on February 17, 2019. Stepping off the elevator and into the exhibit, visitors came face-to-face with an eye-catching sculpture garden of uniquely-shaped objects in front of multiple canvases of vibrant paintings. From start to finish, the sculptures and paintings left art-lovers inspired and in awe.

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When one thinks of an art museum, images of oil-painted landscapes, marble busts, and old, well-dressed men with salt-and-pepper hair likely fill one’s mind. However, artist and activist Yayoi Kusama broke this artistic mold, creating an exhibit that overwhelmed and intrigued people of all ages. Her mirrored rooms, filled with patterned objects and flashing lights, fall far from the vision of a typical art exhibit.

Originally displayed at the Hirshhorn Art Museum in Washington, D.C. from February 23, 2017, to May 14, 2017, the exhibit moved to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art from November 18, 2018, to February 17, 2019. Seven rooms made up the exhibit, with each room producing a different feeling and environment based on the lighting and structures within the room. Six of the rooms had mirrored walls, which made the room appear endless—infinite—and also offered beautiful photo opportunities for attendees.

Tickets for this exhibit sold out quickly, and the museum offered only 100 walk-up tickets each day, prompting hundreds of people to set up camp outside of the museum the night before to secure their chance to see this awe-inspiring exhibit.

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  • Upon arrival at the museum, an attendant gave each guest a pamphlet about the seven different rooms in the exhibit. The pamphlet detailed which rooms allowed photography and also gave art-lovers a map of the exhibit.

  • A collection of abstract and intricately designed square paintings lined the main room in the exhibit. Each painting consisted of vibrant colors, shapes, lines, and creative designs. The paintings resembled snapshots of microscopic cells, which provided beautiful backgrounds for social media gurus.

  • In the Phalli’s Field Room, mirrors placed on the walls of the room created a space that felt overwhelmingly beautiful and never-ending. The red-spotted fabric structures filled the small enclosure, with a small walkway that allowed pairs of people to take in their surroundings for 30 seconds.

  • Between the rooms, Kusama’s other paintings and structures filled the space. This installation featured different shaped black and yellow spotted phallic structures. Kusama created multiple phallic-shaped pieces to combat the anxiety and negative stigma that she felt around sex and the naked body.

  • The Love Transformed into Dots Room, which resembled a cross between Barbie and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, featured illuminated spotted beach balls suspended in the soft glow of an all-pink room. The mirrors, once again, provided exhibit-goers with creative photo opportunities. Unlike the other rooms in the exhibit, people could walk around and between each of the hanging spheres rather than only on a small walkway.

  • Throughout the exhibit, a timeline of Kusama’s life and artwork created a fascinating break between the beautiful rooms, allowing visitors to learn more about the madness behind the artist. Kusama faced multiple arrests for her artistic displays of public nudity, but now, the public recognizes her acts of defiance as beautiful and empowering.

  • Upon arrival at the final room of the Infinity Mirrors exhibit, the Obliteration Room, a museum employee gave each guest a sheet of stickers for them to stick anywhere in the room that they pleased. The room, which began as completely sticker-free and white, turned into an explosively beautiful mess of multi-colored stickers. When the exhibit closed on February 17, 835,000 stickers filled the Obliteration Room.

136,000 tickets later, the Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the High Museum came to a close on February 17, 2019. While Kusama’s work is no longer on display at the High, other exhibits around the world still have variations of “Infinity Mirrors.” At the High Museum, however, art lovers can look forward to their next exhibit, Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads,” which will last from March 2 and continue until May 19.

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