Artist and writer Yayoi Kusama has created an installation for the Glass House that will be on display in celebration of the 110th anniversary of Philip Johnson’s birth, as well as the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Glass House site to the public.
From September 1 through 26, Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope will be on display, with the Glass House itself covered with polka dots. “Visitors who attend the exhibition during this time will be offered the unique experience to simultaneously see the world through the eyes of both Philip Johnson and Yayoi Kusama.”
My desire is to measure and to make order of the infinite, unbounded universe from my own position within it, with polka dots, says Kusama. In exploring this, the single dot is my own life, and I am a single particle amongst billions. I work with the principal themes of infinity, self-image, and compulsive repetition in objects and forms, such as the steel spheres of Narcissus Garden and the mirrored walls I have created.
Just as Kusama uses the polka dot to represent an individual, so did Johnson create his own universe at the Glass House by sculpting the landscape experience.
Kusama’s Narcissus Garden—which was first created 50 years ago in 1966 for the 33rd Venice Biennale—will also be incorporated into the Glass House’s 49-acre landscape in New Canaan, Connecticut from May 1 to November 30, 2016.
Additionally, Kusama’s recent steel PUMPKIN will be displayed on the hillside meadow, east-northeast of the Brick House.
News via the Glass House.