At Large  April 2, 2018  Chandra Noyes

North Carolina Museum of Art is Latest to Acquire Kusama Infinity Room

Courtesy NCMA

Yayoi Kusama, LIGHT OF LIFE, 2018, mirrored box and LED lighting system, H. 86-5/8 x W. 84-1/4 x D. 72-7/8 in., North Carolina Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest) and the bequest of Carlyle Adams, with additional funding from James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach, and Dr. W. Kent Davis and Dr. Carlos Garcia-Velez

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) is the latest institution to acquire one of Yayoi Kusama's hugely popular mirrored infinity rooms. Light of Life, 2018, is a seven feet square hexagonal box with three portholes that allow visitors to peer inside. LED lights in changing colors and flickering patterns put on a two-minute show that is reflected infinitely through the mirrors. Kusama's installations have been drawing huge crowds of art- and selfie-loving visitors all over the world, who are willing to wait in long lines for the chance to experience Kusama's dot-filled infinity. 

Courtesy of the artist, © 2013 Rice Gallery, Photo by NashBaker

Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections, 2013, laser-cut wood, lacquer paint, and light bulb, H. 78 x W. 78 x D. 78 in.

The NCMA's Kusama acquisition coincides with the opening of a new exhibition of 20 immersive installations. You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences is open April 7 through July 22, and includes works by Bill Viola, James Turrell, and Olafur Eliasson. Promising interactive experiences in a range of media, both inside and outside of the museum, You Are Here includes lectures from featured artists Heather Gordon and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, as well as a residency by artist collective OMAi, who will bring light graffiti, parties, and workshops.

For more information, visit the NCMA online.

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Chandra Noyes

Chandra is managing editor for Art & Object.