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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Infinity mirrored room

The New York Times has an amazing slideshow of Yayoi Kasuma's current exhibition—“I Who Have Arrived in Heaven"—at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York.
The infinity room is actually the size of a walk-in closet, but it feels much bigger because of 75 colored LED bulbs and mirror-lined walls.
The lines can circle the block. (When we stopped by last week, people had been waiting for more than four hours!)
And each person get just 45 seconds in the room. When we were there, the docent told us that some people don't know their limits and get freaked out—even busting out of the room in a panic. Others told the New York Times it was "ethereal" and "meditative."
The show is open until December 21st. Would you want to go?

P.S. Cool art exhibits: Swings, slides, rain and marrying Prince William.

(Photos by Benjamin Norman for the NYTimes)

32 comments:

Jovana M said...

Cool!! I would like it at first and then maybe freak out! I know my boyfriend would like this.

lisaathome said...

That looks amazing! I'm not sure if I'd lose my cool or not. What a trip!

Lindsay said...

Fun! Did you go in?

Joanna Goddard said...

lindsay, we would have loved to, but the lines were four hours, and we had a babysitter, so we couldn't wait that long. we went out for tapas and wine instead! :)

Corrin said...

I visited when it was Fireflies on the Water at the Whitney and it was amazing. Though I was scared of stepping off the platform and ending up in the reflection pond.

http://instagram.com/p/N9GlfsAOFn/

Ceci Bean said...

I saw one in Edinburgh a couple years ago and it really is pretty cool. My husband wants to build one for our home!

Hannah said...

If it is that small I could totally not go in, I would freak out! Haha, even though it looks beautiful. I bet kids would like it, if they're allowed. Joanna don't you have claustrophobia anyway, or is it just elevator-phobia?

Carlyn Brody said...

Yeah I would go into that room. I think it's awesome. I don't know how long I would stay in there, I would probably get bored so only for a couple of minutes.

Katrina said...

I saw an exhibit by Julio Le Parc in Paris (at the Palais de Tokyo) this past May that had a few mirror lined room like this... it totally freaked me out. The room was also filled with sheets from the ceiling and strobe lights and I couldn't figure out how to get out.
This renewed a little anxiety for me!

Unknown said...

The Phoenix Art Museum has this installation. It's really magical, but slightly disorienting. I went last week and walked into a mirror!

Unknown said...

The Phoenix Art Museum has this installation. It's really magical, but slightly disorienting. I went last week and walked into a mirror!

Emmy M. said...

Looks incredible! Wish I was in NYC to see it. I was lucky enough this year, though, to see the James Turrell retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art- an entire show of transcendent light/space pieces that sort of do the same thing as this. Joanna, if your family is still going to LA as usual for the holidays or new year, you should try to see it! It's amazing. Just remember you have to buy tickets specifically for that show.

lucylucia said...

I saw this exhibit in Spain in 2011, but in that exhibit it was a large room with a path you can walk through. It really does feel like walking in to space!

Gaia said...

Been there in Liverpool 5 years ago. totally fascinating!

Joanna Goddard said...

katrina, i would have totally lost it! have you guys heard of those halls of mirrors? so terrifying!

http://goo.gl/0rjfz9

Jackie {York Avenue} said...

I want to go SO badly! They should really let you stay in for at least a couple of minutes though. I can't brave the lines unfortunately, too crazy... I missed out on the Rain Room due to crazy lines too. I wish they'd sell tix online!

Paula said...

One of her infinity rooms is part of the permanent collection at the Phoenix Art Museum and it's been my favorite works of art since high school. It feels different each time you go in.

Susie said...

I went during the week and only had to wait about 20 minutes, so I supposed that I lucked out!

Kat said...

They have a whole maze of infinity rooms on the Gold Coast in Australia - so much fun to feel like you are walking through a galaxy or a kaleidescope. If you're ever in Australia check it out - no lines when I was there! http://www.infinitygc.com.au/immersive-art

May Kiki said...

It's "Yayoi Kusama".( not Yayoi Kasuma) I've been there in Australia few years ago. It was amazing!

Jesse said...

The idea of a 4 hr wait is so bizzare to me. We've had Kusama's infintiy room at the Brisbane art gallery on and off my whole life. Going to the infintiy room was so common,We would cram in as many kids as we could and stay for as long as we wanted an laugh as the way our teeth glowed :)

Samantha said...

I saw Yayoi Kusama's exhibit in Buenos Aires this summer (Argentinian winter). It's not freak-outish at all, just really really cool! The wait was long, though not quite as long as in NYC I'm sure so my friends and I took turns keeping our spot in the line while the others took a look at some of the other work nearby. Amazing artist! Buenos Aires was covered in polka dots for a few month. It was the exhibit of the year!

cheyenne said...

ohh i saw her infinity room when it was in rotterdam, so so beautiful!
xo, cheyenne

Ana de Almeida said...

There is also a room in the Louisiana Museum in Denmark... I always go in every time I visit and I love it. I never thought hat some people might panic or have different reactions then mine. ahah I absolutely love it!

Rachael King said...

When Yayoi Kusama exhibited in New ZEaland a few years ago there was a mirror room installation that you went into and stood on a little platform surrounded by water, mirrors and lights. They had to put a line of white tape around the edge of platform, slightly ruining the effect because even though this exhibition had been around the world with no problems someone in New Zealand managed to fall in the water! I love Yayoi Kusama's work, she is totally inspired.

kaitlyn said...

this looks amazing!

Miss Daja said...

I LOVE THIS... I'M HAPPY YOU GOT TO EXPERIENCE THIS AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH THE REST OF US.

SINCERELY,
DAJA

Orange Ring said...

Oh how fun! There is a permanent installation at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. The mannequins make the experience slightly strange but it is fantastic!

http://www.mattress.org/index.cfm?event=ShowArtist&eid=45&id=221&c=Permanent

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Charlotte | Charlotte's Web said...

I would love to go to this... but four hours is a long time to wait, and I can get a little impatient...

hemligamalin said...

This makes me think of "The Total Perspective Vortex" made up by Douglas Adams!

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