One of the world’s most in-demand artists has come to Tampa. As part of the Tampa Muse-um of Art’s “Season of Love” series, “Love is Calling,” one of internationally renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s famous Infinity Rooms, will be on display until — appropriately — Valentine’s Day. “Kusama’s Infinity Rooms are completely immersive,” says Michael Tomor, executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art. “When you walk into the installation, you are immediately transported into an experience so completely different from the familiarity of your daily life that you can leave what occupies your world for a moment in time.”
The piece is on loan from Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, through their Vinik Family Foundation. Public art is one of the pillars of the foundation, which sponsored Amalie Arena’s interactive Beach Tampa exhibit in 2016 and “The Art of the Brick” LEGO exhibit in 2017. Jeff Vinik says they have chosen these particular exhibits, including “Love is Calling,” for their appeal to all age groups. “Kids can enjoy them, adults can enjoy them, and they’ll all get different meanings out of it,” he added. “Love is Calling” is included with museum admission, but you must select a timed ticket to view the exhibit when you purchase admission.
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