Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn
The hottest ticket in Washington, DC right now is the impossible-to-get free ticket into Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute. Every Monday at noon tickets are released, which promptly crashes the website and sells out in 2 minutes. It is crazy! You can show up to the museum at 9:30am and stand in line in hopes you score one of the walk-up tickets to see the Infinity Mirrors.
I showed up at 9:45am thinking it was a Monday and who would really be out on a semi-rainy Monday. I was dumb. Don’t be like me. The line was enormous and wrapped around the building. However, you should be like me and wait for only 5 minutes before some random person walks past the line asking if anyone is by themselves because they have 1 extra ticket. You have never seen me move to fast. I ran up to him and snagged that extra ticket. It was incredibly lucky of me.
Right away the museum staff whisked me away into the Hirshhorn and into the Infinity Mirrors exhibit. The exhibit is on the 2nd floor and has a few “areas” with art and 5 “rooms” that are made up of mirrors, lights, and objects creating the coolest optical scenes.
Actually the firstmirrored room was my least favorite. We had to go into rooms 2 or 3 at a time. I made friends with another single woman and we cruised through the rooms together.
The second room was much cooler than the first! The pink ball room:
The area around the pink ball room was fun- look inside this giant pink ball to see all the little pink balls- I named this one Capillaries as it reminded me of a pink blood stream.
Holding up a pink ball.
The galaxy mirror room was a crowd favorite. It was so sparkly!
You only get to spend 20-30 seconds in each room so taking a few photos or a short video is about all you can do. I liked to take some photos and then just enjoy it the rest of the time.
I called this one the Harry Potter floating candle room. Because at Hogwarts there were always floating candles in the Great Hall at dinner time. The lights dimmed in and out creating an almost magical appearance.
Other really eclectic art in-between the rooms:
And then came the best mirror room- the Pumpkin room. Yayoi Kusama made these pumpkins look so numerous it seemed like you were in a glowing field of pumpkins.
Because we were so early, the first group let into the museum, we convinced the lady working to let us go in separately for this one since we really didn’t know each other and didn’t want too many photos with both of us Seriously, this place is so cool.
The end of the tour was into the dot room. A room with lots of dots. They give you dots to add, and add I did.
The Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn was by far my most favorite modern art experience ever. Unfortunately the exhibit only runs through May 14 so go on a boring weekday really, really early. Or magically snag a ticket like I did. Who knows, because the Infinity Mirrors exhibit is so wildly popular, maybe they can extend it? I hope so!
Reader Question: Which room is your favorite? Pink ball, Pumpkins, Galaxy, or Harry’s floating candles? Do you like modern art?