Sound the alarms and mark your calendars! Yayoi Kusama’s Where the Lights in My Heart Go (2016) will be the first work from the artist’s “Infinity Mirror Room” series to be shown at the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut. The work, along with Kusama’s installation Narcissus Garden (1966–present), goes on view at the nonprofit organization on September 22.
Both pieces are being loaned to the museum from the collection of Lauren and Derek Goodman. Amanda Innes, executive director of the Westport Arts Center, said that Narcissus Garden has never been exhibited with an “Infinity Mirror Room” on the East Coast.
“It’s really an honor and privilege for us here in Connecticut to have the ability to make this happen, and the fact that it coincides with our grand opening into a new and expanded space makes it all the more special,” Innes told ARTnews.
Where the Lights in My Heart Go, which will be available to visitors who purchase timed tickets priced at $15, is a 10-by-10-foot stainless steel chamber. Its interior contains mirrored walls with small peep holes that allow natural light to seep inside, which creates the impression of a boundless starry expanse projected before the viewer. The Westport Arts Center will be displaying the “Infinity Mirror Room” indoors in its upcoming presentation.
A version of Where the Lights in My Heart Go was on view last year at the deCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and the artist has previously described the work as a “subtle planetarium.”
Iterations of Narcissus Garden have been presented at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas, the Frieze art fair in New York, and Fort Tilden in Queens, New York, in the past year. The work, which comprises mirrored orbs arranged on the ground, debuted at the 33rd Venice Biennale, where Kusama staged an unofficial and unsanctioned exhibition of the piece.
The two works will remain on view in Connecticut through November 2.