LOCAL Houston | The City Guide August 2016 - Page 42

ART KUSAMA: AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE With well over 1,000 hashtagged posts, Kusama is the exhibit of the summer – and it’s right here at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The interactive installation by contemporary artist YAYOI KUSAMA is truly an all-inclusive work of art that takes you away into another universe. EVERYONE likes it. Take kids, parents, teenagers, hipsters – the appeal is, well, universal. Kusama’s signature infinity rooms – Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity and Love is Calling – are environments lined with mirrors confounding visitors. Among her most loved work, the rooms are on view for the first time in the Lone Star State. Of the new addition to the museum’s collection, Director of the MFAH GARY TINTEROW shared, “We’re especially thrilled to welcome Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity to its permanent home so swiftly following its acquisition this spring.” By Carla Valencia de Martinéz Yayoi Kusama, Love Is Calling, 2013, wood, metal, glass mirrors, tile, acrylic panel, rubber, blowers, lighting element, speakers, and sound. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; KUSAMA Enterprise. Image © Yayoi Kusama. 42 L O C A L | august 16