Black Girl Explore the Infinity Mirrors Exhibit?
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Black Girls Love the Cleveland Museum of Art. Search our website and you’ll see a number of posts about our visits there. If you still haven’t made it to CMA, you should make it a point to visit, for various reasons, but mainly because of exposure to internationally acclaimed art, like that of Yayoi Kusama.
CMA is now celebrating Kusama’s 65-year career with the special exhibit, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors until September 30 in The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall and Gallery. Shana and I attended the preview Saturday afternoon and I’m still reeling from the breathtaking experience.
I was vaguely familiar with Kusama’s work and now that I’ve seen it, I’m a new fan. She’s a little odd, dresses a little quirky, and continues to create her style of contemporary art. CMA has the honor of being one of 5 museums in the U.S. and Canada showcasing her work.
When you visit, take time to read about each piece for a little insight. It helped me get a sense of where she was coming from, even if I didn’t totally get it. I appreciated the experience and I loved her art, even though I couldn’t wrap my head around some it.
While I gravitated to the whimsical and fun, My Eternal Soul, a series of loud colorful paintings and sculptures, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by what inspired her art, the Infinity Rooms, and her obsession with polka dots.
Accumulation, featured a few pieces of furniture covered in fabric phallic forms. My first impression of the art, with its repeated forms, reminded me of hundreds of penises. Then I went back and read the description which indicated that perhaps this art was created to address her fear of sex. (Okay, that’ll do it!)
I’m still processing how the Infinity Rooms made me feel for the 20-30 seconds I stood in them. I mostly felt a calming sensation, but then when I looked in the mirrors and saw an endless repetition of lights and my figure going on and on and on for what seemed like forever, I became a little disoriented. It definitely put infinity into perspective.
I’m now obsessed with polka-dots. They were everywhere in my favorite Infinity Room, Dots Obsession - Love Transformed into Dots, the Obliteration Room, and throughout the exhibit. Being surrounded with pink balls with black polka dots made me happy, go figure. Another thing that made me happy was finding the perfect place to stick my colorful dots in the Obliteration Room. Why dots? As I road the escalator up to the main floor, I discovered why.
“Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos.”
Yayoi Kusama, 1968
Like I said, I’m still processing the experience, but it was worth it, especially the chance to experience infinity and learn about a new favorite artist.
Remember, you have until September 30 to visit Infinity Mirrors. I got a feeling tickets for this exhibit will sell out fast. Be sure to visit CMA for information about tickets, $30 for adults and $15 for children. An added treat for those of you who want to learn more about Kusama will be the film screening of Kusama: Infinity at the CMA theatre a few Fridays and Saturdays in September.
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