The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Japanese, b. Matsumoto, 1929
— Pumpkin, 2016, Fiber-reinforced plastic, Collection of the artist —
For Yayoi Kusama pumpkins represent a source of radiant energy. They are, perhaps, the artist's most beloved motif, appearing in painting, drawings, sculptures, and some of her most important installations. Both endearing and grotesque, the giant gourds have been a source of inspiration for Kusama since her childhood, when she was surrounded by her family's seed nursery in prewar Japan. In one of her autobiographical poems, she writes, "Pumpkins bring about poetic peace in my mind. Pumpkins talk to me."
The work seen here is on view in conjunction with Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (February 23-May 14, 2017), an exhibition that traces the artist's iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms over fie decades. This landmark show aims to reveal the ways in which the installations developed from a strategy of "self-obliteration" during the Vietnam War to a means of social harmony in the present. Each Infinity Mirror Room is presented alongside other key artworks, including a selection of the Kusama's most recent large-scale paintings and soft sculptures.
Erected 2017 by Smithsonian Institution
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Environment • Women.
Location. 38° 53.348′ N, 77° 1.375′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Jefferson Drive Southwest west of 7th Street Southwest, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20591, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on February 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.