Infinitely Kusama

Infinitely Kusama

In consideration of the safety and well-being of our guests, volunteers and staff, we have made the decision to close this exhibition early. At Newfields, the safety and well-being of our guests and staff are always are highest priorities. For further operational updates, you can click here or follow us on social media. Thank you for your understanding. 

 

Instagram may have only recently discovered Yayoi Kusama, but the Japanese artist has been pushing the limits of avant-garde art and making international headlines since the early 1960s, shortly after she arrived in New York City and had her first solo show. The artist’s story of struggle and triumph resonates with a new generation; as proof, fans in some cities have waited in line for up to six hours to spend 45 to 60 seconds in one of her famed Infinity Rooms.

As a young artist, Kusama invented a unique visual language, characterized by repetition of colored forms. In 1965, she had her first immersive chamber, Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field. Since then she has created distinct rooms in which viewers become an integral part of the art. One of these rooms, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, which was acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art in 2017, is on view at Newfields. In this installation, the glowing gourds are adorned with her signature polkadot pattern, which creates the sensation of standing in an endless field of Kusama’s pumpkins.

October 4, 2019-March 29, 2020
Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries
Included with admission

Planning Your Visit With Children

  • Only two guests can enter the installation at a time. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children 12 and under may not be left unattended outside the installation. If visiting with multiple children, there must be more than one adult.

Help Us Protect the Art 

Please note the following guidelines about this immersive installation. 

  • This installation is designed as a 45 second experience for only two people at a time. 
  • Please leave bags, strollers, and other personal items in the designated storage area just outside the room. 
  • Standard wheelchairs are permitted. One can be provided upon request. 
  • Please refrain from touching the pumpkins while inside the Infinity Room. 
  • Photography inside the installation is allowed and encouraged. Share your images using #KusamaNewfields

In Other Words

"The experience begs to be shared on social media" - Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star 

"[Kusama] is a major score for the city on an international scale" - Chadd Scott, Forbes 

"It's part of a social media sensation and people are standing in line for hours to see it, now part of the exhibit is in Indy!" - Sherman Burdette, Fox59

Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins,  2016, wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LED, 115 1/8 × 163 3/8 × 163 3/8 in. Dallas Museum of Art, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Fund, 2018.12.A-I © YAYOI KUSAMA, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore / Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London / Venice. 

Please note: Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety and well-being of our guests and community, the Newfields campus is temporarily closed, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.