Kusama - Infinity

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In 1958, a fledgling yet fierce young Japanese artist moved to New York City after writing to Georgia O'Keeffe to express admiration and seek guidance on how to break into the New York art scene. Miraculously, O’Keeffe wrote back, and an emboldened Yayoi Kusama left behind what she considered the conformist culture of Japan to assert herself in the Big Apple. Inspired by the 1960s American political and social revolution, Kusama’s avant-garde innovations garnered notoriety but little fame or success as she pioneered audacious and unprecedented soft sculptures, staged nude Vietnam protests, and fashioned dazzling polka-dot creations.

Encountering both racism and sexism in a realm dominated by men whose work often directly pilfered her concepts, she eventually returned to Tokyo and voluntarily retired to a mental institution. Only in the last couple of decades has the rest of the world caught up to Kusama’s radical vision. A documentary many years in the making, Kusama - Infinity lovingly finds a form that captures the ineffable power of her work and embodies the elusive yet magnetic voice of this genius only now, at 88, receiving her due.

Sun. 1/21, 3:30 p.m., Ray, PC
Tue. 1/23, 9:00 p.m., Park Ave., PC
Thu. 1/25, 7:00 p.m., Redstone 2, PC
Fri. 1/26, 9:00 a.m., PC Library, PC
Sat. 1/27, 3:00 p.m., SLC Library, SLC

YEAR 2018

SECTION U.S. Doc

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 80 min

LANGUAGE English and Japanese

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Tokyo Lee Productions Inc., Submarine Entertainment, Dogwoof, Parco, and Dakota Group LTD

WEBSITE http://www.kusamamovie.com

EMAIL info@kusamamovie.com

PHONE (818) 468-6962

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Artist Bio

Heather Lenz

Writer, director, and producer Heather Lenz is passionate about documentaries and biographical films. She loves stories about people with creative minds who have not walked the beaten path. Her short documentary about a bicycle inventor, Back to Back, was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Lenz has degrees in art history and fine arts. She also earned an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.