Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most recognizable modern artists alive today. Crystal Bridges recently acquired Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart is Dancing into the Universe, 2018 by Kusama. This artwork is an enclosed room filled with mirrors and dotted paper lanterns that change color. This effect makes it appear like the dots expand forever into the universe. These rooms have becoming Instagram favorites over the years as patrons take selfies amidst the brilliant colors and lights.
"This is not just an artwork you look at," says Crystal Bridges Curator, Alejo Benedetti, "this is an artwork you experience."
Kusama is a contemporary artist who makes paintings, sculptures, performances, and installations. Dots are a common theme throughout her work—a pattern that she has utilized in her work since she was a child in an effort to escape trauma and anxiety. Crystal Bridges acquired another artwork of hers in 2018, Flowers That Bloom Now, which can be found in the North Forest. Fans can learn more about her life story during the documentary Kusama: Infinity, The Life and Art of Yayoi Kusama during a special screening on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Great Hall. The event is sponsored by Demara Titzer.
Tickets for the Infinity Mirrored Room can be reserved here.
At the ACS, we believe that if we provide filmmakers an arena to exhibit their talents, and film enthusiasts a healthy diet of quality programming, we can inspire more Arkansans to make and watch more films. By supporting filmmakers, festivals, theaters and young people interested in filmmaking throughout the state, we hope to create statewide network, pool Arkansas’s resources and be an umbrella organization that feeds all things film. We believe a rising tide lifts all boats.
To be a filmmaker, we have to connect to create. A painter needs a brush, paint and a canvas. A director needs a writer, a cinematographer, a sound mixer, production designer, editor, actors, distributors, and an audience. We cannot do it alone. This art form forces one to collaborate and thus, creates jobs. Filmmaking is unique in the arts in this way. It takes an army.