Please join art historian and educator Riva Blumenfeld on April 8th at 7 p.m. for a discussion of Yayoi Kusama – Cosmic Nature. One of the most popular artists in the world, known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This talk will look at work spanning Kusama’s career. The New York Botanical Gardens will be presenting a show of Kusama’s work beginning in April. This talk will be a wonderful prelude to that exhibit.