Yayoi Kusamas Souls of Millions of Light Years, coming to Seattle next summer.
Yayoi Kusama's Souls of Millions of Light Years, coming to Seattle next summer. Courtesy of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors promises to be one of the landmark exhibitions in American museums in 2017, and after it opens in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum, it will travel to Seattle Art Museum on a North American tour.

According to the Hirshhorn, Infinity Mirrors will include six of Kusama's fully immersive rooms (see one of them above), several large-scale installations, and paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating back to the 1950s.

Maybe we'll see a watercolor from Kusama's very first exhibition in the United States—it was in Seattle!—before she became a phenom in New York in the Vietnam era, then returned to Tokyo to live in a psychiatric hospital where she checked herself in and maintains a studio right across the street.

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In 2012, Kusama's dot paintings and crawling sculptures were featured in a show-within-the-show of Elles at SAM. That same year, she came out with an autobiography that stole one of my afternoons when I ran into it unexpectedly at Elliott Bay. She wrote:

Whatever people may say, I believe that the present situation, with sex pulled from its pedestal and looked down upon while all the males jerk off, is contrary to the wise providence of Heaven. We must have a sexual revolution, at all costs. In order to accomplish this I felt I would have to work like mad, and so that is just what I did.

Infinity Mirrors opens in the summer after a wintertime exhibition of the stunning Migration series by Jacob Lawrence, another historic artist with Seattle ties.