How to Prepare for Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room
Good news for art aficionados, Instagram braggers, and selfie fiends: the perfect opportunity to engage in your favorite activities might be coming your way soon. Yayoi Kusama’s retrospective exhibit, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, will be hitting the road in 2017, starting at the Hirshhorn Museum in D.C., before heading to the Seattle Art Museum, The Broad in Los Angeles, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and finally the Cleveland Museum of Art. The retrospective will feature some of the Japanese artist’s best known pieces, including six variants of the breathtaking sensation, “Infinity Mirrored Room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away,” which, if it doesn’t ring a bell by name, definitely will from the thousands of selfies on your feed, including ones from Katy Perry and Adele. Whether the retrospective will be in your city or you have plans to hit the road and visit one yourself, we’ve compiled a prep list so you can live the short time you’re allowed to be in each installation to the fullest.
Clear Your Schedule
Whether that means quitting your job, breaking up with your partner, or picking a fight with your friends, on the day you visit Kusama’s exhibit, you gotta make sure you’ve made no other plans. Why? When Kusama’s installations hit the David Zwirner Chelsea gallery in 2013, people waited upwards of eight (yep!) hours to get into the show, and similar timeframes have been reported in other locations, including Los Angeles and Mexico City. Which leads us to…
Buy Camping Gear
Check the weather. If it’s hot, you’ll have to bring hordes of water for the long wait, as well as sunscreen, sunglasses, a hand fan, and maybe a water gun too. If it’s cold, you’ll have to pack layers upon layers of clothes and probably spike your coffee to numb out the iciness. Make it a tailgate event. Hell, make it a whole camping experience, tent and all, while you spend the night in hopes that you’ll be the first person let in. Also, don’t miss out on business opportunities: set up a camp and list it on AirBNB, or why not be like those people who sell nutcrackers at Rockaway Beach? Be the stranger who gets other strangers drunk. Everyone always loves that person.
Practice Your Poses
You only have 45 seconds inside the mirror installation, so you gotta make them count. Days before you plan to see the retrospective, start practicing your best mirror selfie angles. This is the big leagues after all. Wanna rack up those likes? Then you have to know what you’re doing. The experience should make you feel #blessed not stressed—get the perfect outfit, bleach your teeth, get your hair done. Like the prophet Marshall Mathers once said, “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.”
Photo of Yayoi Kusama by Hope Dickens, installation photo via The Broad.
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