This week was my older daughter’s Spring Break from school. We used this opportunity to check out the limited run of One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection. When we lived in Los Angeles, viewed her art and special exhibit at The Broad on several occasions. This would be a first experience for my youngest, so I was thrilled to share it with her.
After the intro room, the first big piece of art is Pumpkin (2016). It is 8 feet tall and wide, and made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic with urethane paint. Embellished with her signature polka dot effect, the pumpkin is inspiration to many of Yayoi’s most recognized works.
Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field (Floor Show) (1965/2017)
The first of two Infinity Rooms in the exhibit is Phalli’s Field. It’s bright and impressive. It’s constructed from stuffed cotton, board, and mirrors. Read more about it on the Hirshhorn’s website.
Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe (2018)
This Infinity Mirror Room is so colorful and fun. It’s filled with round paper lanterns with dots and lights that change color. Make sure you watch your step, as the space is sharply angled and is lined with a 4 inch lip.
The exhibit concludes with Flowers—Overcoat (1964). It has plastic flowers and metallic paint. Learn more about this piece on the Smithsonian’s link here (https://www.si.edu/object/flowers-overcoat:hmsg_98.38).
Timed tickets are free, and released on a first-come, first-serve basis. The average window (on a weekday) is about 2-2.5 hours from the time you receive the ticket. Another option is to be a Hirshhorn Insider member, where you are able to get advanced timed tickets (and a variety of other benefits with your donation). I would recommend arriving early and making a day out of your visit to D.C. by checking out the other museums in the vicinity.
One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection
This exhibit runs from APR 01–NOV 27, 2022. Full details and information can be found on the Hirshhorn website.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave and 7th St
Washington, DC 20560
Ruby Hunt (Westside Mommy) visited the Hirshorn with her family and was not compensated for this post. All opinions are honest and my own.