Opening Friday, October 5th, from 2PM - 8:15PM
On view through Thursday, October 18th
Kusama: Infinity examines the life and work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known for her signature polka dots, infinity nets, body-painting events, and room-sized installations. This portrait of Kusama also explores her challenges on becoming an artist and how her work is a therapeutic outlet.
The life and work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, renowned for her signature polka dots, infinity nets, body-painting events, and room-sized installations, comes in for an in-depth exploration that charts her career from a troubled childhood in a conservative family that denied her evident talent, to the present, as the 89-year-old’s adventurous work is accorded an international popularity that has been long in coming. Director Lenz explores little-known aspects of Kusama’s life, including her pen-pal friendship with Georgia O’Keefe and muse relationship with Joseph Cornell. Her marginalization by the art establishment is detailed, revealing that ideas behind her most avant-garde pieces including mirrored installations and phallic soft sculptures were lifted by male artists including Andy Warhol, Lukas Samaras, and Claes Oldenburg. A breathtaking wealth of Kusama’s life-long oeuvre is on display throughout, including film clips from naked happenings and anti-war demonstrations. In English and Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital.
Tickets and Showtimes: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/kusama