Selfies and Pop Art Meet

by Daniela Sol

         Following up on last week’s publication about Yayoi Kusama’s recently opened exhibit at the Hirshhorn museum, here is more information as to why this rooms are trending and can’t be missed. It’s all over D.C.’s to do lists from the Washingtonian to the Washington Post, making it a top priority in your future plans.
         Starting from the fact that she is one of the most iconic contemporary pop artists of the time, to plain social media pressure to post the perfect Instagram picture, the exhibit promises nothing but an amusing and enlightening experience. Get ready to let your creativity loose with your picture-taking skills and to experience a great moment for the arts in our city.
         Tickets for the first two weeks sold out quickly, and the Hirshhorn will be packed with art fanatics and selfie taking millennials. But, due to the popularity of the exhibit and the relevance of such opening, the museum has promised to release free timed passes every Monday at noon for the 14 weeks the exhibit will be in the District. Tickets are running out, so don’t miss out and hurry to get yours as soon as possible. Besides, with the Hirshhorn’s free pass promise, there is no excuse as to why you should not experience Kusama’s mirror rooms.
         You’ve probably seen some of Kusama’s work since her fame has surprisingly risen, thanks to the help of the very much loved, Instagram. Her work, “Infinity Mirrors”, has mixed Instagram selfie favorites: mirrors, cool compositions, and artsy color schemes, to create the ultimate paradise for Instagram users. This is the reason the New York Times declared the pictures posted from her exhibit, “the ultimate selfies.”
         The last time Kusama opened an exhibit in the U.S., it started its tour in New York and was back in 2013. This year the exhibit starts right here in D.C. and is promising six rooms plus a new room that the artist created using LED lights. This room is set to be “the Instagram you’re going to see everywhere,” according to the New York Times’ The Cut.
         The artist’s work is of course not intended to attract such a superficial approach as touches on important subjects, such as mental illness and various social issues. Kusama mentioned in her autobiography that she suffers from pain, anxiety and fear constantly and that through her mirror rooms and her art, she has found peace within her struggle with mental illness. Yet, the Hirshhorn’s curator for Kusama’s exhibit Mika Yoshitake, said that social media is “part of the experience” and “it’s in line with her vision of communal engagement.”
        So, feel no shame in attempting the perfect selfie and being a part of the Instagram trend that the mirror rooms have created. This is a major event for the arts in Washington and as D.C. locals, we must embrace with open arms Kusama’s breath taking rooms. Instead of observing the rooms from your Instagram feed (which you will), get tickets and get going to the Hirshhorn

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