Yayoi Kusama’s depictions of seemingly endless space have been a central focus of her artistic career. Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water (2002)—with its carefully constructed environment of lights, mirrors, and water—is one of the outstanding examples of this kind of installation, which creates a space in which individual viewers are invited to transcend their sense of self.
Fireflies on the Water, a work in the Whitney’s collection, is being shown in conjunction with Yayoi Kusama, which is on view on the fourth floor July 12 through September 30, 2012.
Important Ticketing Information
Timed tickets are required for entry into Fireflies on the Water. Per the artist’s wishes, visitors must enter the installation one at a time, unless assistance or a guardian is required. There is a one-minute time limit inside the installation.
Tickets are free with Museum admission and can only be reserved on the day of your visit at the admission desk. The day’s ticket allotment for Fireflies is distributed quickly, usually within the first two hours after the Museum opens. Due to high demand, you may receive a time slot up to 3 to 4 hours after your arrival.