Be prepared: The wait time to experience the Insta-famous Infinity Mirrors room, designed by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, at the David Zwirner Gallery can be as long as four hours.
But you will be rewarded by a jaw-dropping, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Infinity Mirror Rooms is FREE, open daily through Dec. 16, 11am to 7pm.
One room invites the viewer to look inside through three peepholes, experiencing miniature light bulbs in changing colors reveal a hexagonal pattern that is mirrored endlessly. Something like being inside a kaleidoscope.
You actually enter the other mirrored room, to be enveloped by reflective stainless steel balls suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the floor. The sense of infinity is through the play of reflections between the circular shapes and the surrounding mirrors. The balls recall Kusama’s installation Narcissus Garden, first shown outdoors at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966, and more recently at The Glass House in Connecticut, with more than 1500 reflective spheres.
The David Zwirner Gallery is 525 & 533 West 19th Street, in Chelsea.
Also FREE, with almost no wait to get in, is a concurrent exhibit of sixty-six paintings by Yayoi Kusama from her iconic My Eternal Soul series, new large-scale flower sculptures and a polka-dotted “environment”.
That’s at the David Zwirner Gallery at 34 East 69th St.