Through September 30
"Heroic, barrier-crashing"—The New York Times
Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career.
Fireflies on the Water Timed Ticketing
Special timed tickets are required for entry into Yayoi Kusama's Fireflies on the Water. Only one person is allowed in the installation at a time, and the viewing time is limited to one minute. Tickets are free with Museum admission and available day-of-visit on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend you arrive early, as tickets are extremely limited and sell out early.
Featured Events Free Daily Tours
Open Studio: Yayoi Kusama
For families with kids age 4 and up
Saturday, September 29
Yayoi Kusama covered shirts, dresses, shoes, and suitcases with materials like pasta and fake flowers. Drop by the Whitney Studio to create your own forward-looking fashions inspired by Kusama’s work.
Free with Museum admission, no registration required.
Shop Kusama-inspired items online or at the Museum. Remember, members also enjoy increased discounts at the Museum Store.
IMAGE CREDITS Yayoi Kusama in Yellow Tree furniture room at Aich triennale, Nagoya, Japan, 2010. Collection Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusma Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Fireflies on the Water, 2002. Mirror, plexiglass, 150 lights and water, 111 × 144 1/2 × 144 1/2 in. (281.9 × 367 × 367 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Postwar Committee and the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee and partial gift of Betsy Wittenborn Miller 2003.322a-tttttttt. © Yayoi Kusama. Photograph courtesy Robert Miller Gallery
Inspired by Tom Thayer’s installation in the 2012 Biennial, Families make puppets in the new Whitney Studio, 2012. Photograph by Sean Carroll