Final Chance to see Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC | Mommy 2K

Monday, May 1, 2017

Final Chance to see Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC


It is the hottest ticket in town. Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors at Hirshhorn Museum has proven that the art of hysteria is alive and well. Each Monday since late February, as many as 50,000 hopefuls log onto the Hirshhorn Museum's website to claim 6,000 or less available passes that can go as quickly as one minute. If you do the math, well, this exhibit is nothing short of popular.
Weeks ago, I started setting my phone's alarm to go off just before noon. I sat down at the computer (I prefer this method over the phone) and continuously refreshed the supplied link to free timed passes until the the option to select a date appeared. With a rather flexible schedule, I opted to choose the first available time for two passes. I believe this helped increase my chances of getting passes because I didn't waste a lot of time with selections and I wasn't as specific with my requests. Some weeks I was successful; other weeks not so much. For the favorable attempts at visiting this exhibition, I could barely contain my excitement. I was fortunate enough to get through, not once, but three times (it's possible, people. it really is.). Get this: in the picture above with my son and I standing in front of the pumpkin, I was so eager to visit that I went on the wrong date. I had to wait patiently for 24 hours so that I could return the next day.
I won't rehash the same details that you see flooding the Internet. By now, most of you have read an article on this experience. You've seen thousands of the same pictures posted on various social networks with the tag #InfiniteKusama attached. You've scanned through opinionated updates by both the bummed out, unlucky ticket-seekers and the successfully, persistent ones. You've probably also gained a new appreciation for polka dots and pumpkins. No matter your intrigue level, there is no denying that the cultural phenomenon known as Infinity Mirrors has caused a spike in Google searches on all words associated with it and increased web traffic to the Hirshhorn's site.
 Monday, May 1st marks the last chance you will have to visit on dates from May 8th through May 14th. Sadly, May 14th is the final day of this exhibition's run at Hirshhorn Museum. Minutes before noon, log onto the site and familiarize yourself the page. Wait for the link to go live and pray the polka dotted gods are on your side.
If you snag a free timed pass, here is a sneak peek at what you can expect (nothing compares to seeing and experiencing infinity Mirrors for yourself):
The rooms are receiving most of the attention, but there is more to Yayoi Kusama's collection. Sculptures and paintings serve as strategic pauses from beginning to end. Speaking of end, when you reach the infamous white room covered with circle stickers, you have finished your journey through Infinity Mirrors. The Obliteration Room is the highly popular and most photographed portion of the exhibit. It may have something to do with the unrestricted amount of time museum-goers can spend in here (the other rooms allow only 20-30 seconds). This room will leave you feeling bubbly and focusing on the significance of how a dot occupies and contributes to a space. It is a metaphor to how we as humans are each important to the overall composition of the world that we live in.


Besides being the ultimate backdrop for endless selfies to fill my phone's camera roll, Infinity Mirrors served a greater purpose. I was thoroughly introduced to the fascinating world of Yayoi Kusama. My curiosity to research more artists and their creation peaked significantly. I discovered a new world of exploration for my toddler besides the typical visit to the zoo, park or playground. And once again I was reminded just how fortunate I am to live so close to Washington, D.C. with gems such as the Smithsonian museums to visit for free.  
If you are not able to get through to secure a free timed pass, remember that artists from all walks of life need your support. Continue to visit museums, attend art shows, discover new talent and even make your own visions come to life.
Art is not a trend – it's a lifestyle.

For more information about Infinity Mirrors, visit here for details.
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