Toronto can't get enough of Infinity Mirrors at the AGO
“Our earth is only one polka dot among millions of others… We must forget ourselves with polka dots! We must lose ourselves in the ever-advancing stream of eternity.” - Yayoi Kusama. Such a fascinating artist and wonderful exhibit on right now at the @agotoronto. #infiniteKUSAMA pic.twitter.com/4KuLE52EWO— Wayne Leung (@wayleu) March 5, 2018
Hype was strong leading up to the 88-year-old Japanese artist's immersive show at the AGO, and with good reason. Have you seen the promo pictures?
A lot of people have been stoked for months by the promise of entering Kusama's iconic "kaleidoscopic environments" and, more importantly, the potential to take selfies within them. Infinite selfies.
Now that the exhibit is open, ticket holders have been moving through the multi-reflective installations in awe. Very slowly. One by one.
Apparently, Kusama was worth waiting in line for - both digitally and in person.
"Broke my no-selfie rule for #InfiniteKusama," wrote one person on Twitter. "Yes, it's totally worth the hype."
"Worth the price of my @agotoronto membership!" wrote someone else.
Even complaints about how crowded, slow and brief the experience was were framed quite reverently.
@agotoronto I'm glad I renewed my membership to see #infiniteKUSAMA. It was busy & I wished we had more time in the rooms. Your staff & volunteers did a nice job managing the crowd. They were polite, pleasant and kept everything moving. pic.twitter.com/sSQloJKzDV— Matman (@MattNg555) March 5, 2018
Some in the city have complained that they're already sick of seeing photos from the exhibit, but those who've actually gone inside seem very pleased.
Kusama's six reflective landscapes are the main attraction, but visitors will also get to see the artist's own intimate drawings, her early Infinity Net paintings and some of her surreal sculptural objects.
"These key works join more than 90 works on view," reads the AGO's website, "including large and vibrant paintings, sculptures, works on paper, as well as rare archival materials."
There's still a chance to get some highly coveted tickets to the exhibit, which runs until May 27, if you haven't yet.
Another block is set to be released by the AGO tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The art gallery also promises that there will be a "limited number of same-day tickets available on site each day starting at 10 a.m., with a max of 2 tickets per person."
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