HOUSTON: KUSAMA EXHIBITION 

This past week the Museum of Fine Arts Houston opened an exhibit featuring Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist who is mainly known for her patterns of repetitive spots. Two mirrored exhibits and a few paintings are displayed through September 18.

I briefly studied Kusama in a modern art history class and was instantly fascinated with her love of pattern, color, and abstract installations. Also, I have seen many photos of her Infinity Mirrored Room at the Los Angeles Broad Museum all over Instagram and dreamed that one day I would get the chance to experience it. That day came sooner than I thought. Although these are different mirrored room exhibits, it did not bother me because I actually had a chance to see them! After waiting 4 hours for my ticket time at 1pm and another 20 minutes to actually get into the exhibit, I got to experience these wonderful works of art and it was totally worth it.

*  My recommendation is to buy a ticket the day before for the next day because this exhibit is in high demand to see, so they sell out quickly. I got there Saturday at 10am, opening time, and the only tickets available were for 1pm. So for example; if you want to go on a Friday, purchase your ticket on a Thursday. Just a recommendation because they have not put up the online ticket service yet, but keep checking mfah.org for updates. *

The exhibit is called Kusama: At the End of the Universe and features two rooms, the first one is called Love is Calling. The cone-like tentacles are constantly changing color while the person moves around the room. A recording of Kusama’s voice reciting a love poem in Japanese constantly plays. The mirrors convey the sense that you are in this other world full of tentacle-like cones. It was very surreal. About nine people are allowed in the room at one time and are allowed to walk around as long as they do not touch the mirrors or art pieces.

The next room, Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity features an array of hung lights that start out bright then dim away into the dark. The mirrors reflect the lights creating an infinite horizon. There is a small platform in the middle of the room that you walk on because around the platform is gallons and gallons of water. It was so mesmerizing I did not want to leave… But only two people are allowed at a time and they can only be in there for about a minute and a half.

The rest of the Museum feature some other cool art and installations by some of my favorite artists. One of them is The Light Inside by James Turrell located underground as a tunnel from one museum building to another.

Later in the day, I took my sister to the Menil Museum, a beautiful building by architect Renzo Piano, which I had previously visited. The Menil is featuring some really famous artists right now, such as Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and more.

After a seemingly hot and exhausting yet exciting day, we were sweaty, thirsty and I thought it would be a good idea to take my sister to Tout Suite in downtown Houston. We cooled off with macarons and some energizing juice.

Photography by Sophia Kountakis.

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