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Kusama: Infinity

2018, Heather Lenz, USA, 80 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 5th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 5th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 6th 6:30pm
  • Sun, Oct 7th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 8th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 9th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 10th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 11th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Oct 12th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 13th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 13th 8:30pm
  • Sun, Oct 14th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 15th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Oct 17th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 18th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"One of the finest artists of her generation…if you love art, this is a must-see." - Marc Glassman, Point of View Magazine

"Startling, revelatory…adds to the Kusama circus many layers of necessary depth." - Murray Whyte, Toronto Star

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. (BS)

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