The Hirshhorn Museum of Art had an interesting exhibition on view last month. Surprisingly it was not an art exhibition. Instead it was a showcase of orchids. The Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection contains over 8,000 different types of orchids, a selection of which were exhibited. A grid wall display contained niches to hold the orchid vases and tv screens displayed time-lapse videos of orchids blooming.
High Heels for Going to Heaven // Yayoi Kusama // 2014 // Fiberglass-reinforced plastic, stainless steel & urethane paint // Photograph by Naomi Hatanaka
Remember to take your shoes off when you pass through security! That is what the TSA agents always remind you at the airport. At the SFO Airport, while you remove your shoes you can see on display artist Yayoi Kusama’s High Heels for Going to Heaven. The larger than life pair of red and white polka dotted heels, a characteristic of Kusama’s style, sprout flowers with little mirrors in the center. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to wear these shoes through the airport?