Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Room – Jo Applin in conversation with Briony Fer

On Thursday 22 November 2012, we will launch Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Room — Phalli’s Field with a conversation between the book's author Jo Applin and art historian Briony Fer.

Almost a half-century after Yayoi Kusama first exhibited her installation Infinity Mirror Room — Phalli’s Field (1965) in New York, the work remains challenging and unclassifiable. Shifting between Pop-like and Surreal, Minimal and metaphorical, figurative and abstract, psychotic and erotic, it seems to embody what the 1960s were about, while at the same time rejecting the prevailing aesthetics of its time. In our most recent One Work book Jo Applin examines its ongoing importance in the context of Kusama’s ‘obsessional art’ and discusses its relationship to contemporary theory and the practice of artists involving environments, ‘eccentric abstraction’, play, sexuality and softness.

Jo Applin is Lecturer in the History of Art Department at the University of York. Her book Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America was published earlier this year. Briony Fer is Professor of History of Art at UCL, author of ‪The Infinite Line‬: ‪Re-making Art After Modernism‬ and a specialist in the work of Eva Hesse.

Admission free but booking essential. To secure a place email events@afterall.org. You will be sent a confirmation email with access details.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Room – Jo Applin in conversation with Briony Fer
Thursday 22 November 2012, 18.30

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
University of the Arts London
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London
N1C 4AA

Please note, as Central Saint Martins College has relocated to a new campus in King's Cross, this postcode may not yet appear in the correct location on some maps. It does, however, work properly when using Google Maps.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Room — Phalli’s Field is part of the One Work series of books, each of which presents a single work of art considered in detail by a single author. To order the book, please visit The MIT Press website or your nearest independent bookshop.

This event is a collaboration between Afterall and Central Saint Martins Fine Art Research.

A video recording of this event is available here.