Pumpkins Screaming Love at Kusama: Cosmic Nature Exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden
Most people think of pumpkins as Halloween jack-o-lanterns and polka dots as something worn by Minnie Mouse, but not celebrated Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, whose exhibition KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature opens April 10th at the New York Botanical Garden (by timed limited-capacity entry). Postponed in 2020 due to Covid, the new exhibition is installed in various landscapes at the Garden and features the artist’s pumpkins, polka dots and acrylic flowers.
Polka-dot covered trees at The New York Botanical Garden
Entering the Garden at the Mosholu Entrance and walking along Garden Way is an installation, Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees in which soaring trees are draped in bright red and adorned with white polka dots. Says Kusama. “Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environment, I become part of the eternal and we obliterate ourselves with love…