“I’m old now, but I am still going to create more work and better work. More than I have in the past. My mind is full of paintings.” - Yayoi Kusama
When my academic advisor pulled me in a graduation planning meeting at the end of my junior year of college she informed me that I was a couple of credits short of an Art History Major, that I could use my remaining elective classes to achieve a dual degree. We looked at a slew of classes I could take//none in Renaissance Art since I had basically taken them all, what I love Greek Mythology!!! So we signed me up for Modern Art at the 200 level.
This class like most other Art courses was taught in a big dark room..for slides, obvi. I didn't know what to expect from Modern Art...I honestly always thought Modern Art was Picasso and Van Goah but no one else. It was in this class on day one just like one of the characters in Mona Lisa Smile I was introduced to Pollack, De Kooning, Hamilton, my beloved O'Keeffe, and Yayoi Kusama.
We learned in that Modern Art Class that this genre spanned the Late 1800's to 1970's into Post Modern. It was in the class that I first learned of Kusama's installation rooms that date back to 1965, of her mental illness and recovery through art and how she expresses her inner struggles through the images she creates.
As the years have passed I've become familiar with Kusama's work around the world, and I am excited to see her new exhibit debuting in DC on Thursday, "Infinity Mirrors." I'm not the only one however, and we've already started seeing the images from the hip crowd flood our feeds with the likes of Katy Perry, Adele, and my awesome Aussie travel pal Kat posting from London's exhibit this past year.
However the most significant thing that will happen with this exhibit is not the likes a photo will generate on Instagram, but a reawakening interest in an art movement that spanned an entire century and ushered in a new way of looking art, of expressing art, and of producing art. But for the first time since this movement was started by European Men in the age of Goya and Degas, carried into the 20th Century by the likes of Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol, it will once again be the focus of the art world and carried into the 21st. Century Post Modern world by a woman. And that is a pretty incredible thing.