SOLD OUT! Yayoi Kusama LOVE IS CALLING + ICA Tour
Join PANE for a guided tour of the ICA and the SOLD OUT exhibit LOVE IS CALLING -- the largest of Yayoi Kusama's existing Infinity Mirror Rooms, and the first one held in the permanent collection of a New England museum.
6 PM: Arrival and check in.
Your tour guide(s) will greet you for a brief introduction to the museum and policies.
6:15 – 7:15 PM: ICA guided tour.
Groups of about 10-15 adults will join educators for an inquiry-based tour discussing the social and cultural contexts of works highlighted. Tours run for approximately 60 minutes.
7:30 – 8 PM: LOVE IS CALLING viewing
roup may self-guide through the rest of the museum after viewing LOVE IS CALLING. Please note the ICA closes at 9 PM.
An icon of contemporary art, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Matsumoto, Japan) has interwoven ideas of pop art, minimalism, and psychedelia throughout her work in paintings, performances, room-size presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, design, and architectural interventions over her long and influential career. LOVE IS CALLING, which premiered in Japan in 2013, is the most immersive and kaleidoscopic of the artist’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. Representing the culmination of her artistic achievements, it exemplifies the breadth of her visual vocabulary—from her signature polka dots and soft sculptures to brilliant colors, the spoken word, and most importantly, endless reflections and the illusion of space. It is composed of a darkened, mirrored room illuminated by inflatable, tentacle-like forms—covered in the artist’s characteristic polka dots—that extend from the floor and ceiling, gradually changing colors. As visitors walk throughout the installation, a sound recording of Kusama reciting a love poem in Japanese plays continuously. Written by the artist, the poem’s title translates to Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears in English. Exploring enduring themes including life and death, the poem poignantly expresses Kusama’s hope to spread a universal message of love through her art. LOVE IS CALLING will be accompanied by a focused presentation drawn from the ICA’s collection titled Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art After Kusama that will offer insight into Kusama’s influences and her important legacy on contemporary art.
For more information, please visit the ICA website: https://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/yayoi-kusama-love-calling.
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