Let's Get High: Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors Exhibit at the High Museum of Art

Fun fact: I love art! I'm super excited that Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors exhibit finally made its way to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA. If you've been to this exhibit, then you have probably seen at least one person on your Instagram timeline flicking it up in at least one of the Infinity Rooms. This was my second time seeing this exhibit (I went in LA), but it was so good that I had to go again. The exhibit opened in Atlanta at the High Museum of Art on November 18th and will be running through February 17, 2019. I was lucky to get tickets for opening day, so I spent my Sunday afternoon checking it out!

The exhibit features seven infinity experiences:

  1. The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

  2. Phalli's Field

  3. Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity

  4. Love Forever

  5. All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins

  6. Love Transformed into Dots

  7. The Obliteration Room

The rooms aren't that big, and visitors are allowed an average of 30-45 seconds in each room (usually in groups of 2 or 3). Luckily, you're allowed to enter the rooms multiple times. You'll just have to wait in line again, so either plan accordingly or have your phone ready to take pics as soon as you enter. If it is your first time experiencing Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors exhibit, then I recommend taking a moment to digest, enjoy, and appreciate the rooms as works of art without your phone as a distraction. Go back and take photos later. Please note: Photos are prohibited in the "All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins" room because someone allegedly dropped their phone and smashed a pumpkin while trying to take a selfie for Instagram.

My favorite room (and probably the most popular) was The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. It is a mirror-lined room with an endless LED light display creating a magical experience. The lights reflect off the mirrors and create a sense of infinity.

The Yayoi Kusama exhibit also displays other pieces of her art including sculptures, paintings, works on paper, film, and additional large-scale installations that aren't usually mentioned, but they are definitely worth checking out. You might see Yayoi Kusama's work and be like WTF, but her creativity is like no other.

I love reading about people and their lives, especially artists. It allows me to gain an understanding of them as a person and see where they get their inspiration. This makes me appreciate them, their hard work, and their art even more. Many people don't know that Yayoi Kusama has been in a mental institution in Japan for over 40 years, yet she still creates amazing works of art that inspires people worldwide. If you get a chance, you should definitely check out Yayoi Kusama's website that includes her bio and more info on her work: http://yayoi-kusama.jp

"Forget yourself. Become one with eternity." - Yayoi Kusama

It's important to forget yourself sometimes, and just be in the moment becoming one with eternity. So, if you are in the Atlanta area, you should definitely take a trip to the High Museum of Art and get lost in this extraordinary exhibit. Tickets went on sale (and sold out) in September. If you didn't snag tickets then, you are still in luck because the museum has 100 tickets available for purchase every day ($29/each) beginning one hour before the museum opens. Be sure to check out the museum hours and other exhibits on the High Museum of Art's website: https://www.high.org

Check out some of my photos from the Yayoi Kusama exhibit!

<3 ShanMichele


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