Over the past several years, it’s become an inevitability in the art world — people go nuts over Yayoi Kusama’s exhibits. The 90-year-old Japanese artist draws crowds with her bright, unique style that includes paintings, sculptures, and mirrored spaces — this is especially true when she presents brand-new works that have free entry, like the current exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City.
The exhibition, titled “EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE,” opened on November 9 and, as expected, is proving to be a roaring success. But because it’s free of charge and entrance is first-come, first-served, the lines can get extremely long. The venue’s website explains that wait times of over two hours should be anticipated and that “each person’s time inside the Infinity Mirrored Room will be limited to allow for a large number of visitors to engage with the work.”
The Infinity Mirror Room, being an immersive experience featuring colorful lights and fantastical patterns, is heaven for the Instagram-obsessed, and unsurprisingly, the most popular of her pieces. Bloomberg suggests that New Yorkers could wait up to two hours in line just to spend just one minute in the room.
Thankfully, the David Zwirner Gallery posts updates on wait times on its social media channels so visitors know what to expect. On its website, the gallery also advises visitors to come on a weekday morning for a more peaceful experience.
The exhibition will remain open until December 14, 2019. But if you can’t catch this event, know that a Kusama balloon will be floating during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and that more of the artist’s work will be on display at the New York Botanical Garden from May 9 to November 1, 2020.