🚨LONG POST ALERT🚨: On Sunday, after I left the #YayoiKasuma exhibit, I read an article on the Washington Post where the writer wrote a first-hand experience she had as a “civilian” - meaning she didn’t use a press badge and stood in line like the rest of us cows did. The writer essentially ripped the exhibit apart saying that it was essentially click-bait for instagram. In some of the ways I understand where she was coming from. You stand in line for up to three hours with over 1,000 other people vying for probably only 50 or so tickets. Once you get inside, you have to stand in more lines for up to 20 minutes so you get 20 SECONDS inside each of the rooms. Literally there’s someone outside with a clock timer and you have 20 seconds in the room before they open the door and shuttle you out. In that experience, the writer talked about how you never get to appreciate the art because of this and the whole exhibit is just for attracting millennials to have content for their feeds. In her words: “But the experience of Kusama is discontinuous, fractured, full of stops and delays and rushed encounters. It is, in fact, so unsatisfying that one might reasonably say there is no experience of it at all, which is why the selfie Instagram picture is so important.” I get where she’s coming from, but I also 100% disagree with hit - and not because I’m a serial instagram poster. Why I love what the artist did and why I love what the museum did to curate it was that they are bringing vibrant, amazing, intelligent and consumable art to the masses. The Hirschhorn themselves have stated that it was the fastest selling exhibit in the history of their museum and they have record crowds. As an artist, wouldn’t you be overjoyed to know that people are dying to see your art and are salivating at the opportunity to share their own experience? Is it capitalizing on a desire for personal social monetization? aka: look how awesome my life is. Sure. That said, not only is it art that is highly engaging and interactive, but it’s also eliciting an emotional response - both positive and negative. As an artist, who wouldn’t dream of that? What are your thoughts?
two days, four museums. and only a handful of times where i wanted to shout obscenities at people wearing #maga clothing. #washingtonDC#vsco
i never got a chance to see falling rain after failed attempts in both LA and NYC so this definitely made up for it. Thanks again @fabibunkers for virtually swiping us in to avoid the 1,000 person line. #yayoikusama#infinitymirrors
gathering design inspiration for a non-existent, completely hypothetical, greatly desired, maybe-in-two-years, need to stop spending money on trips to save up, cottage in the Hudson Valley (or Bellport)... either/or.