Angry crowds, police cards, and lots of yelling—this is the scene in Chelsea, New York right now outside of David Zwirner gallery. The increasingly disgruntled mob has come out to see the blockbuster exhibition of the season, Yayoi Kusama's "I Who Have Arrived in Heaven," and the gallery refuses to let the crazed art fanatics inside until they calm down.
They're not letting people in until there is order at zwirner. Fat fucking chance— da. (@dylanschenker) December 20, 2013
Kusama's exhibition is one in a rising trend of crowed art world spectacles, a list that includes Random International's Rain Room and Christian Marclay's The Clock at MoMA, James Turrell's "Aten Reign" at the Guggenheim, the giant swings at the Armory for ANN HAMILTON: the event of a thread, and the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Met. Unfortunately, The New York Times art critic Roberta Smith predicts that this trend isn't dying down anytime soon.
Another reason for the swarms of people may be all the hype Kusama's exhibition is receiving through Instagram. Her two Infinity Rooms at David Zwirner look like walking into Alice's Wonderland with glittery lights and neon tentacles surrounded by mirrors. Much of the wait for the Rain Room was also due to visitors trying to snap the perfect silhouette.
"I Who Have Arrived in Heaven" closes tomorrow, so hopefully all those people waiting in line will get a chance to snap the perfect #nofilter shot.
People are screaming at people being given priority in Zwirner line. They tried to let some cut people ahead but other people crying foul— da. (@dylanschenker) December 20, 2013