No Plane Necessary

I am not sure how it happened, exactly, but this morning found us at the head of the line for the opening bell at The Broad. "We should go back and see the Infinity Room" he had said to me, which I understood to mean (I speak fluent spouse-ese) "Would you please arrange tickets so we can go see the Infinity Room?" I went online, expecting to find a first-available date in May or June, but there were two tickets available for the first slot of the day today. So I counted my blessings and snapped them up.

The museum doesn't open until 11:00am, and we usually have breakfast out on Thursdays anyway (that's another story for another post), so we wandered up to Crepe X-press. I had croque madame, he had some giant sweet crepe thing with apples and ice cream. I do love the croque madame there, but I envied his ice cream and noted that I ought to let my inner child order breakfast once in a while.

After a quick ride up Bunker Hill on the Dash B, we arrived at the museum, which brings me back around to the beginning of this story. We were the first ones there for the 11:00 entry queue, and commenced our wait for this artistic Disneyland ride: 45 seconds alone in a lighted, mirrored room.

The full title of the work by Yayoi Kusama is: Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away Because it is a one-person-at-a-time experience, a queue forms early in the day, and not everyone gets in. But they have a whole system with text notifications so you can view the other galleries while you wait. We however, were first in line. Well, technically, as he was a bit lethargic after all that ice cream, I had rudely shoved past him and I was first in line and the very first viewer of the day.

Magical? Delightful? Transportive? All those words apply, but don't really explain what it was like. It looked like how you remember what flying into LAX at night looks like - not like a photo, but more in that way our brains block out the fact that there was a plane and a tiny round window to peer through and a child kicking your seat - all you remember is the endless twinkle, the triumph of human ingenuity over darkness, spread out to the mountains and the shore. That's how the room felt to me, like the light of humanity as far I could see, no plane necessary.

The Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama, photo by Keith Jefferies

The Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama, photo by Keith Jefferies


The Infinity Room is on display at The Broad musuem through September 2016. Admission is free and you can book a timed ticket online, although it appears that at the moment they are booked solid through May. I recommend it highly, and also recommend going first thing in the morning and arriving early.