Exhibition Details


Location: Katz Wing, MAC Gallery
Dates: December 1, 2005
to December 31, 2020

An installation at Phoenix Art Museum since 2005, Yayoi Kusama’s You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies is one of the artist's more whimsical works. Inspired by a Japanese folk tale about a person in a field with 10,000 fireflies, Kusama's work brings the fairy tale to life.

The piece is a dark room lined with mirrors on every surface and strands of looping LED lighting suspended from the ceiling. This deceptively small room feels as if it’s a vast, infinite galaxy of lighting and allows the viewer to enter and be surrounded, or obliterated by Kusama’s fireflies. 

Beginning with drawings and paintings, Yayoi Kusama’s work transformed from 2-D pieces to large-scale installations, symbolic of the obsessive and massive nature of her ideas. Kusama describes this sensation in an interview, “my brush unconsciously went beyond the bounds of the canvas and began to cover the table, then the floor, and all over the room…” Subsequently, Kusama’s art began to take large forms and often covers and utilizes entire rooms and spaces.

Exhibition Sponsors

Yayoi Kusama: You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum's annual fund.

Admission

 
Admission is free for Phoenix Art Museum Members, Military Members and youth aged 5 and under.
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This exhibition is offered to the general public for free during voluntary donation, free-access hours from 3 - 9 p.m. each Wednesday, from 6 - 10 p.m. every First Friday of the month, and every second Saturday and Sunday of the month. 

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Press Information

 
Media Contact: Margaree Bigler, Marketing and Communications Manager, margaree.bigler@phxart.org 
 

Images

 
Yayoi Kusama, You Who are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies, 2005. Mixed media installation with LED lights. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds provided by Jan and Howard Hendler.