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Selfies Encouraged: Artist Yayoi Kusama Creates Illusions of Infinite Space

This summer, two rooms at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston have transformed into an interactive environment using light and optical illusion. Kusama: At the End of the Universe unites two so-called “infinity rooms” – the signature works of contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. The rooms use lights and mirrors to create the illusion of infinite […]

Artist Yayoi Kusama's 2009 piece "Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity," is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from June 12 to Sept. 18, 2016. Image © Yayoi Kusama via MFAH.This summer, two rooms at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston have transformed into an interactive environment using light and optical illusion. Kusama: At the End of the Universe unites two so-called “infinity rooms” – the signature works of contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. The rooms use lights and mirrors to create the illusion of infinite space, punctuated by colorful lights and shapes.

Houston Public Media’s Arts and Culture Unit talked with MFAH Director Gary Tinterow about the exhibit and why he felt it was important to bring it to Houston – and why the museum encourages selfies in the exhibit.

Kusama: At the End of the Universe is on display through Sept. 18, 2016.

(Above: Artist Yayoi Kusama’s 2009 piece “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity,” is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from June 12 to Sept. 18, 2016. Image © Yayoi Kusama via MFAH)

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