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Infinity Mirrored Room – Love Forever, 1966/1994. Photo by Cathy Carver.

Lose Yourself in Artist Yayoi Kusama’s 'Infinity Mirrors'

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Infinity Mirrored Room – Love Forever, 1966/1994. Photo by Cathy Carver.

There’s never a bad time for curiosity, playfulness, or wonder. Now, art lovers in our nation’s capital can get a concentrated dose of all three in Yayoi Kusama’s world-famous "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition, opening this weekend at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. 

Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo, 2016. Photo by Tomoaki Makino, courtesy of the artist © Yayoi Kusama

The 87-year-old Japanese artist and her glittering mirrored rooms have been smashing museum attendance records around the world. The new exhibition is the largest collection of her work to date and features six different infinity rooms and 60 other installations, sculptures, and paintings.

The Obliteration Room, 2002 to present. Photograph: QAGOMA Photography, © Yayoi Kusama

This exhibition also marks the first time the installations have been made accessible for people with limited mobility. Entrances to the infinity rooms are too narrow to accommodate wheelchairs, so Hirshhorn staff worked with Samsung to create an immersive virtual-reality version, which will only be available to museum visitors with disabilities. 

Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama

Kusama, an occasional wheelchair user herself, is enthusiastic about the VR addition, and museum staff liked the new app so much that they’re considering repeating the process for other exhibitions in the future.

Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013.Courtesy of David Zwirner, N.Y. © Yayoi Kusama

“It forces you to simply be, to look, to experience something that’s immersive and to be fully immersed,” museum director Melissa Chiu told Artsy. “That is a very unique experience today for people; there are very few moments where you can feel alone in the cosmos, and that’s how Kusama designed it.”

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]

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