MOCAD to screen documentary about Kusama, the artist behind 'Infinity Rooms'

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click to enlarge Portrait of Yayoi Kusama in her studio. - COURTESY OF DAVID ZWIMER, NEW YORK; OTA FINE ARTS, TOKYO/SINGAPORE/SHANGHAI
Courtesy of David Zwimer, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai
Portrait of Yayoi Kusama in her studio.

Some might be surprised to learn that the most successful living female artist has been a voluntary resident of a mental hospital in Shinjuku, Tokyo since 1977. The incredible story of Yayoi Kusama, now 89-years-old, is as colorful, resilient, and subversive as the art she has created over her 70-year-long career. As a painter, sculpture, poet, and performance artist, Kusama has left an unerasable mark with her reality-shifting installations, spotted canvases, and her mirrored perception of time as seen in her famous Infinity Mirror/Rooms.

The 2018 Heather Lenz-directed documentary explores Kusama’s upbringing in WWII Japan and how she has embraced mental illness to become one of the most influential and enigmatic contemporary artists of all time.

Kusama: Infinity screening begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 at MOCAD; 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-6622; mocadetroit.org; Tickets are $10, $7 for MOCAD members.

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