Yayoi Kusama: Awe Towards the Mystery of the Universe that Speaks to Us Across the Darkness of the Universe

This lecture by pioneering Kusama scholar Alexandra Munroe surveys the artist's life and art with a focus on the key series and major themes occupying Kusama over seven decades of obsessive production. Arguing for Kusama's radical originality and how she has challenged and changed the global art establishment, Munroe will reflect anecdotally upon her work with the artist and offer insight into Kusama's most recent activities, including her astonishing fame. The lecture title refers to a 2019 Kusama painting in the series, My Eternal Soul.

Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., is Senior Curator,Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts atthe Guggenheim Museum where she leads the Asian Art Initiative, organizing such awardwinning exhibitions as Gutai: Splendid Playgroundand Art and China after 1989. In 1989 at the Center for International Contemporary Arts(CICA), New York, she curated Yayoi Kusama:A Retrospective, the first critical survey of Kusama's work ever presented.

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