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Toledo Museum of Art fellow to discuss work of Yayoi Kusama during free talk Saturday, Jan. 25

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A Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) fellow will give a free talk about the work of Yayoi Kusama Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. in the Little Theater.

Lauren Applebaum, Brian P. Kennedy Leadership Fellow, will discuss artist Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s, where she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention and concludes with the international fame she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 90s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.

“This artist has had an incredible life journey and this is an opportunity to share more about Yayoi Kusama with the many visitors who have enjoyed her work at the Toledo Museum of Art,” said Applebaum.

On view at TMA through April 26, 2020, Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water brings to Toledo the unique vision of one of the world’s most influential contemporary artists. Kusama, who experienced hallucinations as a child, uses her artwork as a means to express and communicate her particular psychological world. 

Visitors will experience up to 60 seconds alone in the room, which uses lights, mirrors, and water to transport viewers to a space that seems endlessly expansive. This installation is made possible through a generous loan from the Whitney Museum of Art.

General admission tickets for Fireflies on the Water are $5 and Museum members are able to reserve a set amount of tickets, free of charge, based on their level of membership. Reservations can be done online at each Monday beginning at 10 a.m. EST for any tickets that are available that week and will continue until they sell out. For more information about the installation, including a helpful FAQ that addresses questions about timed tickets, the installation experience, and gallery policies, visit