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December 10, 2016 – Through spring 2017
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
7th and Independence Ave., SW
Location: Outdoor Plaza
Legendary painter, sculptor and performance artist Kusama (b. 1929, Tokyo, Japan) uses the pumpkin as a signature form, embracing the gourd as both an allegory and a form of self-portraiture in paintings, drawings, sculptures, and some of her most important installations. This marks the U.S. museum debut for the whimsical sculpture, whose surreal scale and bold yellow-and-black pattern embody two of Kusama’s most recognized motifs: pumpkins and polka-dots.