As I’m beginning to write this post, I’m thinking like “oh shoot! It’s almost over… But I’ll talk about it anyway just because it’s Yayoi”. So, yes, that’s right, Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition will be shown at the David Zwirner Gallery just until December 16th, but if you’re around and are willing to face the long lines, you HAVE to see it!
So, long story short, I’d been tracking Yayoi’s exhibitions around the world to try and plan my trips according to where she would be (that’s how crazy I am about her). It finally worked in November, when I was in Tokyo. But then, as I tried to get tickets for her brand new museum two months before, it was already sold out! 🙁
So, to my surprise, when I got back from Japan, her exhibition was here at the David Zwirner Gallery. For free!
Yayoi is famous for her immersive (and instagrammable!) art experiences and for her works with pumpkins and polka dots. This time, in NYC, there are no pumpkin rooms, but the Festival of Life exhibition brings one mirrored immersive room, a ‘mini’ infinity mirrors room that you just put your head in, and, lastly, her famous polka dotted (red and white) room!
I suggest you pick a weekday to go and arrive at the gallery before it is open, so you can get a shorter line. I waited for about 1h30 to go inside the rooms, but I’ve heard the wait can go up to 4 hours!
The David Zwirner Gallery is located at 525 and 533 West 19th Street in Chelsea.