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Yayoi Kusama Teen Art Event

On July 28, 2012, the Whitney hosted Kusama Mania!, a summer event for New York City teens that celebrated Yayoi Kusama, a retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work. Teen visitors began with a tour of the exhibition led by Youth Insights Summer Intensive Program participants, then moved into the Whitney Studio for Kusama-inspired art making. For more details on the event, read the post at the Whit blog.

On July 28, New York City teens were invited to the Whitney for an afternoon of art-making, edible-dot-creating, and tours of the exhibition Yayoi Kusama led by current YI participants, July 2012. Photograph by Berry Stein

On July 28, New York City teens were invited to the Whitney for an afternoon of art-making, edible-dot-creating, and tours of the exhibition Yayoi Kusama led by current YI participants, July 2012. Photograph by Berry Stein

YI Summer Intensive participant Elizabeth introduces teen viewers to Yayoi Kusama’s Accumulation sculptures. Photograph by Berry Stein
Wiley, also a Summer YI Teen, ends the tour with information on Kusama’s recent vibrantly colored paintings. Photograph by Berry Stein
Teens manipulate and transform articles of clothing into works of art with a variety of everyday materials. Photograph by Berry Stein
Teens were invited to experiment with acrylic paint on brightly colored canvas or watercolor and ink on paper. Photograph by Berry Stein
Some canvases made the transition from the painting table to the hot-glue-gun table with ease. Photograph by Berry Stein
Teens work with a variety of colors, brushes, and techniques at the acrylic paint table. Photograph by Berry Stein