#InfiniteKusama by Yayoi Kusama is arguably the most exciting thing to see in Seattle this summer. Evidently others would agree as the advance tickets sold out super fast. Don’t worry though! Day of tickets are still available. (More information here.) I know I have quite a few readers in the Vancouver/Portland area so if you’re contemplating a visit to Seattle, you should definitely plan a visit before September 10th. Keep reading for some photos from my visit, tips, and what to expect at the exhibit. A million thank you’s to Rachel from SAM for providing Jared and I with tickets!
What to Expect
There will be lines but don’t be intimidated by them. The staff does a great job to move the lines quickly. The SAM entrance is very large so while you may be waiting in a line to purchase tickets, you’ll probably be indoors. Head to the fourth floor and you’ll wait in one of two lines for the time slot that your tickets are for. Members should have their IDs ready as the staff will check them, otherwise just have your ticket ready to be scanned upon entry. There isn’t a set path you have to follow through the exhibit. However it’s laid out in a way that there is somewhat of a natural path to stick to. It’s not too large so you won’t miss anything even if you veer from the “path”.
Photography is allowed in all of the exhibit except the “pumpkin room”. You’ll be accompanied into this room with a staff member, so no sneaky selfies here! Before going into all of the rooms, purses and other personal items have to be left outside. They have these cube dividers just outside each room for you to place your belongings. You may also be asked to join other parties as most rooms accommodate only 2-3 guests at a time. Getting split from your party isn’t really a big deal in my opinion. You only get 20-30 seconds so I would not be concerned about sticking with your party. Trust me, you will be focusing on the art itself and not who you’re with.
What to See
Everything was just so incredible! It’s hard to articulate into words just how amazing Kusama’s art is. The exhibit is really something you have to experience with your own eyes! Each room was very special but my favorite part was being able to add a few colored sticker dots to the Obliteration Room. Unlike the other areas of the exhibit, this is one where you get to interact with the art. Some of my blogger friends who attended a preview of the exhibit showed the room in its blank, white state. It’s amazing how colorful the whole area is now!
Tips for your Visit
-Use the restroom before entering #InfiniteKusama, there is no re-entry into the exhibit so you will not be able to step out and get back in.
-Get your camera ready before walking into the room. I actually opted to use my iPhone camera for all timed rooms because I could take photos in burst. If you’re bringing a DSLR or digital camera, you might want to save those for the untimed parts as well. (I left my DSLR at home and just brought a small point and shoot that fit into my bag.)
-If you have to bring a purse or bag, consider checking it. (SAM offers complimentary coat check.) Your bag will be on the ground and relatively unattended outside each room. This would be a bad time to bring your new designer purse.
-Wear comfortable shoes that you can stand in for a long time.
-Carve out 1-2 hours to spend in the exhibit. In 2 hours, you could go into the rooms more than once! We covered the whole exhibit in 1 hour and that’s with long lines on a weekend.
-Visit your favorite rooms twice to take photos and experience it again with no technology.
This exhibit blew my mind! I’ve read a lot of articles about Kusama and it is incredible to see how her experiences have shaped her work. It’s not some happy fairytale, you’ll find. That’s what makes her artwork so powerful to me. Consider doing some additional research before you head to the exhibit and you will probably get a lot more out of the exhibit. I hope to visit the Broad and experience that Infinity Room by Kusama next. I have been wanting to go there ever since my friend Greta posted about her trip there!
Hopefully this is informative to anyone planning on visiting the exhibit at the SAM. If you have additional questions, feel free to comment below or shoot me an email.