Hirshhorn’s Kusama Exhibit Grows, Gets Extended

If you were making a mad scramble to see the Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn modern art museum before it was slated to close at the end of the month, you’re in luck! Not only has it been extended to Spring 2023, but it appears the exhibit is adding new Kusama (and Kusama-related) works to its collection.

One With Eternity: Yoyai Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection has, up to now, been an exhibition of five works in the modern art museum’s permanent collection including two infinity mirror rooms, sculptures, an early painting, and photographs. Two new works are coming to join the popular exhibit — a “Self Portrait” etching and a photogram of Kusama by Kunié Sugiura.


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Here’s what you need to know if you plan to visit between now and Spring:

Passes are not needed to enter the rest of the Hirshhorn, but due to popularity and space, ‘One with Eternity’ requires timed passes. There are now three ways to get them. Hirshhorn members can get preferred slots; Same day passes are available in person and now also online; and — this is new — next-day passes are now available online!

The museum does a great job with crowd control, but this means you have very, very limited time with each piece — like 30 seconds — and they might be smaller than you imagine. If you’re planning to take pictures, you’ll need to be prepared and very creative. You can’t take tripods, selfie sticks, or even personal bags in the exhibit pieces, so swap phones with a friend or practice your arm extension angles if you want that personal pic.

Now that the exhibit is extended and it might be easier to score tickets, our best advice is to scope it out and be fully present in the work on your first visit and then return another time for your social media snaps.

Got another tip? Comment below on how you visit Kusama.