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How to take the best pictures inside the Broad's Infinity Mirrors exhibition




KPCC Visual Journalist Maya Sugarman takes pictures inside
KPCC Visual Journalist Maya Sugarman takes pictures inside "Infinity Mirror Room–Phalli's Field," one of several rooms inside Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors which opens on Saturday at The Broad.
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KPCC Visual Journalist Maya Sugarman takes pictures inside
Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors, a special exhibition that opens on Saturday at The Broad, contains six mirror room installations. Museum-goers have 30 seconds inside each room.
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KPCC Visual Journalist Maya Sugarman takes pictures inside
"Infinity Mirror Room–Phalli's Field" is filled with hundreds of red-spotted phallic tubers in a room lined with mirrors.
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KPCC Visual Journalist Maya Sugarman takes pictures inside
Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors opens on Saturday at The Broad. The museum has drawn a strong interest from young people, with the average visitor age at 33 – one of the youngest in the nation.
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KPCC Visual Journalist Maya Sugarman takes pictures inside
Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors opens on Saturday at The Broad. A selection of more than 60 of Kusama's paintings, sculptures and works and paper will also be on view.
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KPCC Visual Journalist Maya Sugarman takes pictures inside
In featuring art that is easy to take photos of that can be shared online, the Broad has found visitors walk away with a deeper understanding of the work and develop a strong curiosity in artists like Yayoi Kusama.
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KPCC Visual Journalist Maya Sugarman takes pictures inside
Tickets are sold out for Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors, a special exhibition that opens on Saturday at The Broad.
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The future of art is Instagrammable. An exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the Broad caters to this trend with some of the most eminently photographable backdrops in the city..

Her Infinity Mirrored Room has been a popular attraction since the Broad opened in 2015. Visitors walk into an enclosed room with lights dangling from the ceiling and mirrors lining the walls. The set-up endlessly reflects your image so it looks like you're in a glittery space oasis.

KPCC Visual Journalist Maya Sugarman takes pictures inside The Broad's own installation,
KPCC Visual Journalist Maya Sugarman takes pictures inside The Broad's own installation, "Infinity Mirror Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away." Five more mirror rooms by Yayoi Kusama's will be on view in a special exhibition that opens on Saturday at The Broad.
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Five more of Kusama's infinity rooms will debut Saturday, Oct. 21 at a new exhibition where visitors can wander through a pink polka-dotted paradise, a psychedelic field of pumpkins and other eye-popping landscapes.

By featuring art that is easy to photograph and can be shared online, the Broad says visitors will walk away with a deeper understanding of the work and, hopefully, develop a strong curiosity about Kusama.

"It’s been incredibly affirming and exciting for me as a museum director to see so many people who consider themselves maybe not-so-knowledgeable in contemporary art, and then walk away saying, 'I had no idea I would love this art so much,'" says Joanne Heyler, the Broad's founding director.

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors is a special exhibition that opens on Saturday at The Broad. The show is the first institutional survey exploring the evolution of Kusama's mirror room installations.
Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors is a special exhibition that opens on Saturday at The Broad. The show is the first institutional survey exploring the evolution of Kusama's mirror room installations.
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That ethos has driven traffic to the museum, especially among young people. The average age of a Broad visitor is 33, one of the youngest in the nation.

Tickets for the special exhibition are sold out, even after record demand prompted the museum to release more passes.

If you lucked out and scored one, here's how to take the best pictures. Because if you go to a visually stunning art show and don't bother taking any selfies, did the exhibition actually happen?

Figure out what to wear

Kusama's work is highly patterned and repetitious. The rooms also vary in brightness.

Aim for clothes that are either white/cream so they'll capture light, or have warm tones that compliment Kusama's palette.

If you prefer highly patterned clothes, go for it. They'll pop against her work and act as a backdrop.

Wearing a colorful, patterned top is a good way to dress for a selfie inside one of the infinity rooms at the Broad Museum's Kusama retrospective. KPCC's Leo Duran (L) and Maya Sugarman both wore floral shirts.
Wearing a colorful, patterned top is a good way to dress for a selfie inside one of the infinity rooms at the Broad Museum's Kusama retrospective. KPCC's Leo Duran (L) and Maya Sugarman both wore floral shirts.
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Decide on a game plan before you enter a room

You only have 30 seconds in each room before you're ushered back out, so try to take a peek when the person before you enters.

This is crucial and will help you compose your shot. 

Show your best self

You can't bring a selfie stick into any of the rooms (in case you strike the artwork) and there isn't enough room for someone to step back and take a photo of you. So your only option is a selfie.

Your best bet? A DSLR that handles low light like a champ.

If you're using your phone, use the outward-facing lens since it can capture a wider angle and will handle low light better.

Set the phone at waist or chest height so it doesn't block your face, and look directly into your phone's lens by using the mirrors.

The Broad estimates most visitors will spend about 90 minutes inside Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors, a special exhibition that opens on Saturday at the museum in Downtown Los Angeles.
The Broad estimates most visitors will spend about 90 minutes inside Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors, a special exhibition that opens on Saturday at the museum in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Take a flurry of photos all at once

The lighting in some of the rooms varies and fluctuates.

Set your focus and composition, then wait to take your shot until the lights brighten. Take multiple photos during your brief moment under bright light.

Consider not taking pics at all

Because you only have 30 seconds in each room to take a picture, you might want to focus on enjoying Kusama's work itself instead of capturing an image.

Stop and take it all in. The best picture might be the one that you create in your head.