One of The Broad’s biggest draws has long been artist Yayoi Kusama’s infinity mirror room, “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away,” not to mention the wildly popular Kusama exhibit. Now, The Broad has acquired a second mirror room, “Longing for Eternity.” The piece will be on display starting March 17, according to a release from The Broad.
“Longing for Eternity” differs from “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away.” Instead of walking into a separate space, viewers will approach portholes and view the room from the outside—kind of like when you look through the peephole of a hotel door. The chamber within is filled with LED lights and mirrors, which will reflect the viewer’s face several times over. Kusama calls peering into the porthole an act of “self-obliteration,” in which the boundary between the viewer and the world inside slips away.
“We were thrilled to host the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors special exhibition last fall, which traced the history and diversity of Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. The new Infinity Mirror Room in our collection will offer The Broad’s visitors a deeper understanding of an artist who has resonated profoundly with them since the museum opened more than two years ago,” said assistant curator Sarah Loyer said via a release.
“Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life” opens this evening at 525 West 19th Street, with the artist’s “Infinity Nets” opening at our 69th Street location as well. Explore the exhibitions—and available works—online at link in bio. #YayoiKusama #FestivalofLife #InfinityNets Pictured: Yayoi Kusama, LONGING FOR ETERNITY, 2017. Mirrored box and LED lights.
To see the piece, guests will have book a ticket online or try their luck with The Broad’s standby line, then sign up for the virtual queue for “Longing for Eternity.” This can be done using an iPad at a kiosk, and will provide you with an estimated wait time. You’re then free to enjoy the rest of the museum until you receive a text message, 10 minutes before your viewing time. If you’d like to see “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away,” you’ll have to sign up for that room separately. The museum advises making reservations for morning or early afternoon to increase your chances of getting a spot in line.
The good news is that while there may be a fervor now to see Kusama’s new piece, both of these mirror rooms are part of the Broad’s collection and should be there a long while. Reservations to the Broad are free, while special exhibitions require the purchase of a ticket. Guests with either kind of ticket may sign up to see both mirror rooms.
“Longing for Eternity” is just one of 24 new pieces acquired by the museum. Other pieces include Mark Bradford’s paintings “Helter Skelter I,” 2017; and “I heard you got arrested today,” 2018; Kerry James Marshall’s “Untitled,” 2017; Sherrie Levine’s photo collection, “After Russell Lee: 1-60,” 2016; Jeff Koons’ sculpture “Ballerinas,” 2010-2014; and several pieces from painter Jonas Wood. These pieces will make their way into public viewing at various times throughout the year. To see a complete list of these acquisitions, click here.