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Yayoi Kusama The Life & Legacy of an Immersive Art Visionary Webinar

'Yayoi Kusama: The Life & Legacy of an Immersive Art Visionary' Webinar

Thu Feb 17, 2022

'Yayoi Kusama: The Life & Legacy of an Immersive Art Visionary' Webinar

Time Thu Feb 17 2022 at 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm

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'Yayoi Kusama: The Life & Legacy of an Immersive Art Visionary' Webinar, 17 February | Online Event | 'Yayoi Kusama: The Life & Legacy of an Immersive Art Visionary' Webinar
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About this Event

At age 92, Yayoi Kusama is one of the most well known and admired artists of our time, made famous for her mesmerizing paintings and immersive infinity spaces. While she found success later in her life, her early career was rife with challenges, both personal (family dynamics and mental health issues) to professional (a constricting traditional culture in her native Japan and a male dominated art scene). This is the story of how Kusama's persistence and determination transformed her into one of the most inspirational artists the world had ever seen.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the life, legacy, and groundbreaking art of Yayoi Kusama, whose colorful works celebrating nature, spirituality, and human connection have catapulted her to become one of the most popular artists of this generation.

Led by Sylvia Laudien-Meo — art historian, museum educator, and NYC tour guide — this virtual journey through Kusama's art career will include:

  • An overview of Kusama's early years, including her correspondence with Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Her first years in NYC, where she worked in especially innovative soft sculpture and radical performance art
  • The artistic rivalry with artists like Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Lucas Samaras, who arguably stole her innovative ideas
  • A discussion around her romantic relationship with a New York artist whose death triggered her return to Japan
  • A close look at her participation in major exhibitions and her creation of larger environmental public art projects
  • A run through of her greatest breakthrough works, including infinity nets, pumpkins, and infinity rooms
  • A sneak peek at some of the current installations around the world, including at the New York Botanical Garden

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Sylvia — any and all questions about Yayoi Kusama are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Sylvia

Sylvia Laudien-Meo is a freelance Art Historian who works in and around the city in various capacities, specializing on Modern and Contemporary art, with a strong focus on Public Art. She teaches art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been working as a museum educator at MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Jewish Museum for over many years, engaging visitors in conversation based, interactive art experiences of permanent collections and changing exhibitions.

For the Municipal Art Society, UFT, Brandeis Univ., and private clients, she has been touring the city for over 20 years, exploring art and architecture, parks, neighborhoods and history. Working in various different capacities gives her a unique opportunity to make intriguing connections and weave together the complex perspectives that make out the tapestry of our fascinating city.

SLM holds a Masters Degree in Art History (with minors in History and American Studies) from the Joh. Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, as well as a Tourism degree from the EST in Paris France.


"I love all the background info on this most interesting artist!" -Kathleen

"As always, a stunning presentation from Sylvia - her research is so thorough, always a joy to learn from her." -Mary

"Very well-organized and informative presentation. The visuals were great! I liked the way the artist's works were shown in context with other artists at the same time periods." -Carol

"Sylvia did a wonderful describing Kusama’s art!" -Linda

"Comprehensive overview of the artist. Also comparisons to other artists." -Kathie

"Although this is not usually my kind of art/artist, I really enjoyed this webinar. Sylvia, the presenter, makes everything interesting, as always. It was fun, funny, informative and extremely thought-provoking." -Karen

"I love Sylvia. she is an engaging, knowledgeable presenter. she is so attentive to her audience, always addressing their questions--immediately." -Saundra

"It clearly explained Kusama's life and work in a short time, about an hour or so." -Leah

"I will be going to the Botanical Garden event and now I have much more of a background." -Ann

"Very informative. Enjoyed comparing various artists and their work to Kusama's artworks." -Susan

"Good speaker who not only gave a history of the artist, Kusama, but also brought in artists of the time and artistic trends of the time." -Norma

"Sylvia is interesting and knowledgeable. I like her comparisons of Kusama with other artists." -Joanne

"The presenter was so knowledgeable. I loved the correlation of Kusama to other artists. The presenter was so engaging and the pace of the program was well-timed. Thank you" -Debbie


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Photo Credit: Dancing Pumpkin - Robert Benson / Collection of the artist - Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner. Portrait - Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai and Victoria Miro, London/Venice © Yayoi Kusama, Infiniti Mirror Room - Phalli’s Field (1965), in Floor Show, Castellane Gallery, New York, 1965.

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