I’ve been suffering from seasonal allergies, something that has never plagued me before. Yes, this is a thing that can happen, called “late onset allergies.” Coughing, sneezing, feeling general horrible and tired. But one must soldier on, especially this time of year when work on our annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival is heating up along with the weather. After a long day of meetings and emails at work, I go home, try to get enthusiastic about dinner although my taste buds are also off, and crash into bed to watch some Netflix. Only to face another restless night of intermittent coughing fits.
This week after an all-day meeting outside the office let up early, instead of just high-tailing home to succumb to my sad state earlier than usual (or, heaven forbid, go back to the office for a couple of hours), I ducked into the Hirshhorn Museum to see the latest Smithsonian museum blockbuster “instagram” show, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors. The majority of spring breakers had been there the week before, so it was relatively quiet.
If you have not heard of this show, it includes a series of small rooms that only two or at the most three people can view at once. These rooms are full of mirrors and either art work or tiny lanterns and lights, and the effect is supposed to induce seeing yourself reflected into infinity. I was prepared to be thrilled. But mostly I was just dizzy, and glad instead of disappointed when my 30 seconds was over. I braved three rooms before giving up.
Perhaps I am not ready for infinity, especially in my current state of allergy-induced lethargy. The only photo I took was the one above, of one of Kusama’s soft sculpture art installations. It reflected what my brain has felt like all week, kind of squiggly and squishy and a sickly color of yellow.
Not much of an exhibition review, I know, and I would not discourage anyone from experiencing infinity at this show, which only runs till mid-May and is on the whole very cool. Just don’t do it if you feel like this sculpture.