This past weekend I got out of the city and went to visit the Philip Johnson Glass House during the last few days of “Dots Obsession” by Yayoi Kusama. It is such a unique museum that I recommend anyone visit – especially New York City dwellers who are itching for a foliage-filled day trip!
Having been to the Glass House previously, I knew that it called for outdoor-friendly attire. While I love these flats, the New York streets have really taken a toll on them so I felt comfortable wearing them for some off-roading. I was an early adopter of the lace-up flat trend that popped up last fall. The laces and pointy toe elevate the style without sacrificing the functionality – as we all know my favorite combo. These jeans are a tried and true staple in my wardrobe. Through years of washing and wearing they are as sturdy as ever. My closet is a sea of white button down shirts but this one stands out with its sporty sequin stripe. One of my favorite lazy girl hacks is tying the front of a shirt when I don’t have time to steam it before running out the door.
This particular collaboration incorporated Kusama’s work into the landscape seamlessly – which to me is a hallmark of a well-curated show. Like the Glass House installation, much of her work is an immersive experience (like her insta-gold infinity rooms) which I think is part of why people feel so connected to her art. There is an infinity room currently up at The Broad for all of those in LA. I am already planning a trip to DC in the spring for the Cherry Blossom Festival which I am excited will coincide with the Hirshhorn showing a 5-city US tour that includes two infinity rooms. In addition to truly loving her work, I find Kusama as a person to be immensely inspiring as she is currently 87 years old and still as productive as ever in her art!
While the Glass House was covered with polka dots for only a few weeks, “Narcissus Garden” is still showing in the pond and one of Kusama’s signature pumpkin sculptures graces the lawn through November this year. It was a lovely quick trip and I am so glad I got to see such a special installation!