“Hurry up and wait.” It’s funny – everyone in New York city is in a huge rush to get to their destination, but a lot of times you end up waiting a crazy amount of time once you actually get there. Everywhere you turn there is a line of some sort – whether it’s standing in the lunch time line at just salad, standing in line at Starbucks to use one of the only available restrooms on the block or in this weekend’s case, waiting in a 2 hour line to experience one of the most anticipated art installations (especially for social media and photography lovers).
on Saturday, water bottles, snacks and camera in tow, we headed over to David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea fully prepared to wait – we knew it would be worth it. As we expected, the crowd lined 19th street taking up almost one whole avenue from 9th to 10th – all waiting to see Yayoi Kusama’s give me love exhibition, and more specifically “the obliteration room” aka “the house of colorful polka dot stickers”. We found our place at the end of the line and chatted, scrolled through Instagram, checked email and made next week’s dinner reservations. after an hour, the nice lady behind us in line offered to hold our spots so we could take a look at the part of the gallery that didn’t have a line. The art was gorgeous – so cheerful and colorful.
Once we finally made it up to the little house, which looked as though it had been dropped out of the Wizard of Oz we were given a sheet of colorful polka dot stickers that you could put on yourself, to essentially become part of the art, or actually stick on pieces of furniture inside the house. So fun!
If you have time this week or weekend, we definitely recommend making the trek over to the gallery as this is the last week the instillation is open! The gallery is free and open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm, just make sure you get there by 4:30pm as wait times can be lengthy.