Yayoi Kusama's 'Infinity Mirrors' Takes Over Atlanta's High Museum

The contemporary artist's immersive art—and how to navigate it.

It's been called "The Hamilton of the Art World," and with good reason—since it debuted at Washington D.C.'s Hirshhorn Museum in February 2017, Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" has exhibited to sold-out crowds while traveling throughout the country.

And indeed, pre-sale tickets for the show at the High Museum, the last museum on the tour, have done the same. But art aficionados need not fret: 100 tickets are available on-site each day; sales begin one hour before the museum opens. 

"Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots"

It's well worth your time to queue up for this mind-bending exhibit. 

Containing five mirrored rooms, two stunning view boxes, an ode to polka dots, sculpture, larger-than-life artworks and a film of Kusama's process, "Infinity Mirrors" is both a retrospective on Kusama's life and a study in the concept of infinity. Visitors approach each mirrored room at their ticketed times for a 30-second foray into the mind of Kusama, one in which they'll see themselves reflected to no seeming end. 

"Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away."

Once inside the mirrored rooms, be sure to take a look at yourself from every angle; look to the ceiling, into the corners and take a 360-degree spin to let each room fully envelop you. While time is limited inside each room, there's no restriction to the number of times you can enter a room within a 30-minute period. If you decide to take photos—and you should—do that the first time you enter each room so you can enjoy it the second time free of encumberment.

Also, you don't have to enter the rooms in order; in fact, you may have the most fun popping into whichever room your feet carry you to. 

When you're finished in the timed rooms, be sure to collect a sheet of stickers to participate in "The Obliteration Room," one that was formerly all white and now decorated in multicolored dots. Let your creativity guide you as you determine where to place your stickers. It's the perfect end to such an interactive installation as "Infinity Mirrors."

"The Obliteration Room"

"Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" runs through Feb. 19, 2019. In conjunction with the exhibit, Nakato Japanese Restaurant, the oldest Japanese restaurant in Atlanta, features a special menu offering: the Infinity Roll is an avocado roll with spicy tuna, lotus root, eel sauce, spicy mayo and sriracha; it's on the menu for the run of the exhibition.

Simultaneously, Las Vegas' Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has secured its own mini-Kusama exhibit of two infinity-mirrored rooms, on view through April 28, 2019.

All images courtesy The High Museum

Jennifer McKee
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Jennifer is the Managing Editor of Morris Visitor Publications, where she has worked since 2005. She is also the edit...