Visual Culture

Yayoi Kusama’s garden of mirrored orbs is opening this weekend at New York’s Fort Tilden.

Eli Hill
Jun 29, 2018 2:08PM, via Hyperallergic

Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, installed at Chatsworth, Derbyshire, 2009. Photo by Phillip Capper, via Flickr.

This weekend marks the opening of Yayoi Kusama’s installation of 1,500 mirrored orbs, Narcissus Garden in New York’s Fort Tilden. The work was first created in 1966, when Kusama unofficially participated in the 33rd Venice Biennale by selling reflective balls to people outside of the Giardini’s Italian pavilion for around $2 each. It is being recreated as part of the “Rockaway!” public art festival organized by the Rockaway Artists Alliance, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and  MoMA PS1. The event has previously included installations by Katharina Grosse and Patti Smith.

This latest iteration of Narcissus Garden will be housed in a disused train garage from July 1 through Labor Day. Like just about anything Kusama does, it’s sure to draw crowds of beach goers and art lovers alike hoping to see—and take a selfie with—the historic work. Last year, Kusama’s display at David Zwirner clocked in a staggering 75,000 visitors, and her exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and the Broad Museum broke attendance records.

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