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Kusama: Cosmic Nature at NYBG

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October 31 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2021

Recurring (see all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2021

New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

$35/adults, $32/students & seniors, $15/ages 2-12

Experience a multisensory presentation of the work of internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Explore the artist’s profound engagement with nature throughout the changing seasons from spring into fall.

* Multiple installations across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings include Kusama’s signature mirrored environments and organic forms – find polka-dotted sculptures of colossal flora, mesmerizing nature-based paintings, biomorphic collages, giant mirrored cubes, a pumpkin infinity room and  a spectacular horticultural showcase in the  Conservatory. New works created by the legendary, 90-year-old artist, include a monumental site-specific ‘Dancing Pumpkin’ sculpture and her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation, where visitors place Daisies and transform a greenhouse.

* A new immersive Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart responds to varying natural light through colored glass throughout the day and seasons. Separate tickets required for interior access; tickets are highly limited and selling out. Up to four people can enter the at once for 30 seconds.

* Themed activities in the  interactive Children’s Garden include a Scavenger Hunt pamphlet with, self-guided activities including searching for plants with the dot patterns that inspired Kusama. Join readings of  Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!, one of our favorite art books, weekends at 11 am, 1 pm & 3pm. The indoor activity centers are still closed.

* Look for outdoor contemporary dance performances from renowned local companies like Pilobolus and Mark Morris Dance Group (Saturdays & Sundays 2–5 pm).

* Be prepared to walk a lot. Most of the terrain is stroller friendly, though they must be left outside the conservatory. Take free trams to and from select points.

* Advance timed tickets required and sell out quickly. There is no limit and how long you can stay, so it usually gets more crowded as the day goes on.

* Choose either Garden or Garden & Gallery Pass  – only the Gallery pass  gets you into the indoor installations, conservatory and infinity room. Free garden passes available for NYC residents on Wednesdays.

* Annual memberships start at $90 for individuals, $145 for families (tax-deductible), and include perks and admission all year long to the always changing garden and exhibits. You will probably need more than one day to see it all (and of course the flowers and plans are always different).

* Range of food available at the Pine Tree cafe by the main entrance or sit down at farm-to-table The Hudson Garden Grill – Reservations recommended but walk-ins welcome; they will give you a time and text you when ready . Head to nearby Arthur Avenue for authentic Italian delights – indoor/outdoor dining is open or get takeout to eat at the garden’s picnic tables.

* Also find artisanal sweet treats plus adorable nature themed toys and books and Kusama-themed umbrellas, socks and other merchandise in the gift shop.

* Parking in the lot is $20 and there is often traffic at the entrance. Free street parking available along Southern Boulevard. Or take the Metro-North Harlem local line to the Botanical Garden Station, across the street from an entrance.