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Run Time: 80 minutes
Born to conservative parents in Japan, Yayoi Kusama’s wild creativity was not embraced. Her mother was so upset about her daughter’s artistic inclinations she often destroyed her work. Kusama eventually moved to America to pursue her dreams, despite having no connections and speaking limited English. Undeterred, she worked her way into the New York pop-art scene and became famous in the 60’s with press attention comparable to Andy Warhol’s. Kusama fought racism and sexism in the industry, often finding herself at odds with other artists. But she never backed down or changed for anyone. One of her biggest challenges has been her own mental illness. Hallucinations of polka dots (which inspired much of her incredible conceptual art) were partly responsible for her move to a mental institution in Tokyo, where she’s lived for the last 30 years. Kusama remains prolific today, still a world-renowned and respected artist in her 80s. Her touring Infinity Mirrors exhibit is currently making its way across the globe, including the Cleveland Museum of Art. Heather Lenz’s KUSAMA–INFINITY chronicles the fascinating life of Kusama, one of the most innovative and influential artists of our time. (In English and Japanese with subtitles) —E.F.
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Heather Lenz holds an M.F.A. in cinematic arts from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She has worked on film and television projects in various roles for The History Channel, Food Network, and PBS. In 2001 her first short “Back to Back” was nominated for a Student Academy Award ®.
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