Last chance to catch Kusama: Cosmic Nature at the New York Botanical Garden!

As October quickly comes to a close, so do your chances to catch Kusama’s works at the New York Botanical Garden here in The Bronx.

The exhibition of one of the world’s most popular artists called Kusama: Cosmic Nature has been on display at the storied garden since the beginning of April and will end on Sunday, October 31st so you have less than two weeks to get there if you haven’t seen it or if you want to experience the magic again.

Kusama’s Dancing Pumpkin at NYBG

What’s fascinating about the exhibition is that several of the works are being displayed for the first time ever right here in The Bronx at the garden and many have never been publicly displayed while others are being shown in the United States for the very first time.

Central to a lot of her works are polka dots and pumpkins and many times both collide and can be seen throughout the garden. The 92-year-old artist has had a lifelong love for pumpkins and was once quoted as saying, “It seems pumpkins do not inspire much respect. But I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness.”

I Want To Fly to the Universe

And as with all exhibitions at NYBG, the artist’s love of nature is reflected throughout the garden, including the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, with displays inspired by her homeland of Japan.

These can be best experienced at the landmarked Enid A. Haupt Conservatory in the ever-changing kiku, or chrysanthemum displays that change as the seasons go by. It’s also here at the conservatory where you can see Kusama’s painted steel flowers, her Starry Pumpkin, as well as the Dancing Pumpkin which is the largest of the works on display at the exhibition.

The Enid A. Haupt is the perfect setting and backdrop for Kusama’s whimsical works

A trip to a Kusama exhibition is not complete without a visit to the Infinity Mirrored Room where you are immersed in her vision of infinite polka dots which the artist says makes her feel connected to the universe and everything. Time allotted inside the infinity room is short but it’s enough to take your breath away and makes you feel like you’re floating in space.

Kusama lived in New York City for 15 years between 1958 and 1973 and you can get a glimpse into her life and works at the Ross Gallery.

The small cube where the infinity room may seem tiny on the outside but stepping inside transports you into something much larger than the cube and in turn, yourself as you feel as if you’re floating in the infinity of space.

Kids are also able to immerse themselves in Kusama’s love of pumpkins at Everett Children’s Adventure Garden filled with pumpkin scarecrows as well as a sorting station with pumpkins for children to match up different types of the popular gourd.

Inside the Infinity Room

As always, the New York Botanical Garden has outdone itself in bringing art and nature together and showing how both intersect wonderfully in Kusama: Cosmic Nature.

You have until Sunday, October 31st to capture the show before it’s gone so make sure you grab your tickets now!

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.