LINCOLN, MASS.- DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
announced that a major sculpture by the celebrated contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is on view at deCordova this summer and fall. This is the first time one of Kusama's acclaimed Infinity Mirror Rooms has been on view in the Boston area. Titled Where the Lights in My Heart Go (2016), it has been installed outdoors on the Museums Pollack Family Terrace from July 5 through October 28, 2018.
The sculpture is a ten-by-ten-foot polished stainless steel chamber with a mirrored interior. Small holes in the walls and ceiling allow natural light to penetrate the darkened room. Multiplied by the reflective surfaces, these pinpricks of light create a magical, celestial experience when visitors step inside. Kusama refers to the work as a subtle planetarium, an intimate and enclosed space that also gives the illusion of a continuously expanding universe.
The temporary installation of Where the Lights in My Heart Go is a sensational opportunity for deCordova visitors of all ages to experience an enchanting work by one of todays most beloved artists, says John B. Ravenal, deCordovas Executive Director. We are proud to exhibit Kusamas sculpture outdoors where its mirrored surfaces will reflect and respond to the abundance of nature that surrounds us in the Sculpture Park.
For nearly seventy years, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has focused on themes of eternity, the sublime, and the cosmos. Her paintings, sculptures, performances, and installations are characterized by an obsessive application of patternsparticularly polka dotsinspired by vivid childhood hallucinations that blended her perception of herself and the world around her. She imagines that by covering objects with this repetitive dot motif, they will self-obliterate and return to the nature of the universe. Kusama began her renowned Infinity Mirror Rooms series in the early 1960s. These immersive environments use mirrors to create the dizzying effect of an expansive, never-ending space.
Regular admission fees include access to Where the Lights in My Heart Go during regular Museum hours. No additional tickets are needed to visit this exhibition.