KUSAMA – INFINITY
Film & Discussion
Saturday, Nov 17, 7 PM & Sunday, Nov 18, 4 pm
Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world.
Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time on the cusp of her 90s.
In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day.
Unfolding over several decades, Yayoi Kusama's career has both exemplified and transcended two of the most important art movements of the 20th century: Pop art and Minimalism. Her highly influential work spans paintings, performances, room-sized presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design and interventions, all of which expand and explore both microscopic and macroscopic universes. One of the most popular artists in the world, Kusama continues to draw record numbers of visitors to her exhibitions internationally, while photos of her Infinity Mirrored Rooms have become omnipresent on social media. Kusama, who is now based in Tokyo, continues to tirelessly create art and participate in exhibitions. In just the past few years, she has presented major shows at prestigious international institutions including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Tate Modern, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Center of Art, Tokyo and the Hirshhorn Museum. This past year, Kusama opened her own museum in Tokyo with the inaugural exhibition Creation Is a Solitary Pursuit, Love Is What Brings You Closer to Art.
☀ KUSAMA – INFINITY, director Heather Lenz, USA, 2018, 80 minutes.
☀ DATES & TIMES:
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7 PM
Sunday November 18, 2018, 4 PM
Venue opens Saturday at 6:00; seating at 6:30; Sunday at 3:00; seating at 3:30.
Late arrivals will be seated at management discretion.
the newly renovated GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St, Cincinnati 45202. – Learn more
☀ PARKING & DIRECTIONS:
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Ample parking at affordable rates — 1,700+ garage spaces within two blocks ‐ Gramercy Garage (next door, enter via Race, 7th or Elm streets), Garfield Garage (9th St., next to the Phoenix) and Macy's Garage (7th Street). Another 363 surface lot spaces within a couple blocks, plus numerous on-street meters.
Other transport options include the Street Car, Metro, Tank, Uber, Red Bike, etc.
Ticket prices for the film and post-film discussion are:
Adult general admission, $10 advance, $15 door.
Student/ArtsPass general admission, $8 advance, $12 door — must show valid ID upon arrival.
☀ ADA ACCESS: We have completely revamped and improved ADA access, with a direct path to wheelchair spaces and companion seats (no ramps, no stairs). Individuals using walkers or wheelchairs should call ahead to let us know your screening date and time, (859) 957-3456.
☀ DINING & LIBATIONS:
It couldn't be easier — across the street from the Garfield, you'll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks. General Manager Randy Procter is offering CWC patrons an inaugural 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol.
You'll need your online ticket purchase confirmation or ticket stub from the event. Discount valid only for the date on your ticket.
Enjoy a pre- or post-film meal or coffee and dessert, or hang at the bar.
Hours: TUE-THS - Dining, 5-10 pm; bar 3:30 - midnight. FRI-SAT - Dining 5-11 pm; bar 3:30 - 2:30. SUN - Dining 5-9 pm; bar 3:30 - 1-pm. Dinner reservations are recommended. Check out the menus and photos: thebutcherbarrel.com.
Discussion Leader TBA