Huffington Post reports: Things we loved about MoMA’s Rain Room, the art installation that swept New York City earlier this year: the way the ethereal space mimicked the natural world, how it mixed the beauty of natural resources with the wonder of technology, and its ability to attract even the most amateur of art lovers to the inside of a museum.
Things we hated about MoMA’s Rain Room: the six-hour long lines that formed outside the exhibit, how its “viral” status tended to overshadow the rest of EXPO: 1 New York, and the way it slowly transformed from an art show to the perfect Instagram backdrop.
Queues have already been forming inside of David Zwirner gallery, where admirers are attempting to get into two rooms: The first is an isolated space occupied by reflective surfaces and twinkling lights. The other is a room covered in spotted, tentacled sculptures and filled with Kusama’s voice echoing through the whimsical ecosystem.
Visitors are only allowed around 40 seconds in each of the chambers, which is a brief foray compared to the limitless time onlookers were given to gaze at MoMA’s rain storm. Gallery partner, Hanna Schouwink, who worked on the exhibition said, “We strive to be champions of democratized art. In our opinion, the more accessible and available an art project, the better, so we’re happy to see bustling crowds flock to Kusama’s artworks. During a press preview for the exhibition, Kusama herself beseeched journalists and art admirers to bring as many eyes to her work as possible.”
Kusama’s canvases show off a multitude of eyeballs, polka dots and lines exploding before your eyes in a flurry of neon colors; frenetic visions that Kusama rather ambitiously intends as purveyors of world peace, universal happiness and solidarity. The 84-year-old artist, on leave from the Japanese psychiatric hospital she calls home, has admitted that death is merely around the corner. But even the video piece, “Manhattan Suicide Addict,” a massive mirror-flanked moving image of the artist singing about her experience dealing with depression, seems to arouse feelings of pure resilience and encompassing love.
If you’re a longtime fan of Kusama’s polka-dotted point of view, you’ll want to head to Chelsea before Rain Room-esque madness descends upon us all. Paintings like “Praying for Peace in the World” and “A Woman With Pink Hair” are populated by new and ever-fantastical characters that evoke heightened levels of joy. “I Who Have Arrived In Heaven” will be on view until December 21, 2013.