If you haven’t heard of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit, you’ve likely seen the images somewhere on your Instagram feed. It was about a year ago when I came across a picture of endless glowing pumpkins and was instantly intrigued by this mind-blowing exhibit.
To give you a little bit of background, Yayoi is an avant-garde Japanese artist who transformed her visual and auditory hallucinations into art. The result was an experiential sensory overload: her Infinity Mirror Rooms. Needless to say, I stalked the exhibit until it finally made its way to the High Museum in Atlanta. Tickets went super fast but I managed to snag two for opening day.
The exhibit will be in Atlanta through February and for those who have tickets, here’s what you can expect:
Get there early! They begin the line for each time slot a half hour early, so best to arrive at least 30 minutes before so you’re at the front of your group. They only let small sections of people up at a time.
Lines on lines on lines. You’ll get a private experience of all seven of the Infinity Mirror Rooms but you have to wait in line outside each room. However, since you don’t have much time inside, the line moves pretty quickly. We didn't wait much longer than 20 minutes for each room, and were done with the full exhibit in an hour and a half.
Be ready to soak it all in when it’s finally your turn. While you get solo time in the rooms (they only let in two to three people at a time), you don’t get longer than 30 seconds. Make sure you have your fingers ready to snap those pics.
You’re allowed to take photos in every room except one: “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” or the pumpkin room featuring bright-yellow, dotted pumpkin sculptures. Apparently, Yayoi is extremely protective of this one and prefers to control the amount of photos of it on social media. I was bummed and even contemplated slipping our attendant a $20 to sneak a pic but you know, gotta respect the artist. ~
The exhibition also features more than 60 paintings, sculptures and works on paper along the walls, giving you something to look at/read about while waiting in line.
Sadly, advance tickets are sold out. BUT there will be approximately 100 tickets available onsite each day through February 17.
It was by far one of the most unique and immersive art exhibits I’ve ever been to. And turns out Yayoi is one dope chick. I’m also going to Tokyo in the spring (CAN I GET AN AMEN) and hope to visit her gallery while we’re there.
Let me know if you have plans to visit the exhibit!