Local Do: Yayoi Kusama's LOVE IS CALLING at the Tampa Museum of Art
Fall marks the Season of Love at the Tampa Museum of Art, and I had the opportunity to visit one of three exhibitions focused on the theme of love, one of Yayoi Kusama’s world famous Infinity Rooms, named LOVE IS CALLING.
Currently showing at the Tampa Museum of Art through Valentine’s Day 2019, the exhibit is on loan from the Vinik Family Foundation Collection. Made of wood, metal, glass mirrors, tile, acrylic panel, rubber and special effects, LOVE IS CALLING features glowing, tentacle-like structures from both the floor and ceiling, that change colors. The sound of Yayoi Kusama reciting one of her love poems in Japanese reverberates through the exhibit, and the mirrors help convey an infinite, kaleidoscopic effect.
Because of the nature of the installation and the materials it's made of, only ten guests are allowed in the room at a time, for a period of two minutes. But don’t worry, you can go back in line and re-enter as time permits.
We personally went into the exhibit a total of four times, and each was a new experience for us, as we learned to view it in a new perspective with each visit. And yes, you are more than encouraged to take pictures while experiencing LOVE IS CALLING, just be sure to not touch any of the structures!