Read our FAQ for information on Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING and everything you need to know before you go.
Ticket Disclaimer Information:
Please print your tickets or have them readily available on your mobile device upon arrival. If you have reserved more than one ticket, please print all tickets. Each ticket has a unique barcode that allows one entry. If there are multiple copies of a ticket, only the first ticket scanned will be admitted.
What is LOVE IS CALLING? How can I learn more about Yayoi Kusama?
LOVE IS CALLING is an installation by Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929). An immersive, experiential installation, LOVE IS CALLING invites visitors to enter a mirrored room with tentacle-like soft sculptures hanging from the ceiling and positioned on the floor. These tentacle forms glow with changing colors and feature Kusama’s signature polka dots. Mirrored walls create a kaleidoscopic effect, with the reflected imagery of the tentacles seemingly extending into infinite space. Visitors hear audio of the artist reciting a love poem she composed in Japanese as they experience the installation.
Information about the exhibition, artist, and related events can be found under exhibitions. Books and other materials related to the artist will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Upcoming event opportunities to learn more about LOVE IS CALLING and Yayoi Kusama include a screening of the newly released documentary, Kusama: Infinity at Tampa Theatre in October and a lecture with Mika Yoshitake, curator of the traveling retrospective exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors in November. Learn more about all Museum events.
I have sensory sensitivities, or am uncomfortable with closed/dark spaces.
This installation may trigger sensory sensitivities. Please bypass this experience if you have sensitivities to dark or enclosed spaces. LOVE IS CALLING consists of a mirror-lined room with lights and audio recording. The doors of the room are closed after guests enter to allow them to fully experience this installation. Please do not hesitate to contact education with any additional questions or concerns.
When can I buy my tickets for Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING?
Timed tickets for Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING are available starting August 31st for visits beginning September 28, 2018. Purchase your tickets online. Presale tickets are available online only.
How much does it cost to see Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING?
There is no extra cost to experience LOVE IS CALLING beyond regular admission. However, timed tickets are highly recommended to guarantee timely entry into this installation. Your timed ticket will enable you to enjoy full access to all the exhibitions on view. Admission pricing is as follows:
Member and general admission timed tickets for Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. All visitors, including Members, must have a timed ticket to see Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING. Purchase your tickets starting August 31 for visits beginning September 28, 2018. Unfortunately, we will not be able to honor reciprocal member benefits for this exhibition.
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Where can I park to visit the Museum?
Parking is available on the street and in the W.F. Poe Parking Garage adjacent to the Museum. Tampa Museum of Art is also accessible by boat and it’s free! There are two slips on the Riverwalk available on a first come, first served basis.
When can I visit Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING?
Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING is available for viewing during regular Museum hours. The last timed ticket to view the exhibition will be sold 30 minutes prior to Museum closure. The Museum is open Monday through Sunday, 10a-5p, with extended hours to 8p on Thursdays and Fourth Fridays. Visit our website and follow us on social media for the most up-to-date information on our operating hours.
Is Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING ADA accessible?
LOVE IS CALLING and all Museum exhibitions are accessible for those with walkers, wheelchairs, and canes. The Museum permits service animals, as they are defined by the ADA.
Can I bring my stroller inside the installation?
Standard strollers are welcome inside the room. However, the Museum asks that you leave any large bags, food, and drinks in a locker on the first floor. Baby bottles, sippy cups, and medications may be left in the cubbies provided immediately outside of the installation.
What can I bring into the room with me?
You are invited to bring your hand-held cameras, cell phones, wristlets, and small cross-body bags into the galleries. Locker keys are available from the front desk for your large purses, backpacks (including backpack purses), messenger bags, selfie sticks, tripods, and umbrellas. Before you enter the room, cubbies will be made available for any notebooks, sketchpads, pencils, or other small items you are carrying.
How long are the lines for Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING? How long will I have to wait?
Entry to LOVE IS CALLING is based on a timed ticket system. When you purchase your ticket, you will designate the time at which you wish to enter the installation. For guests using the timed ticketing program, we anticipate the lines to be no longer than the half hour timeframe indicated on your ticket. We encourage guests to check in 15 minutes before the time marked on your ticket.
How early can I check in to view Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING?
We encourage you to arrive 15 minutes before the time printed on your ticket. You are invited to explore our other galleries and exhibitions while you wait for your check-in time.
How long do I get to view Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING?
Each guest will get to spend two minutes inside the installation. Please refer to your ticket for your entry time. Early entry is not allowed.
How many people can go in the room at one time?
Up to ten guests will be allowed to enter Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING at a time, for a total of 2 minutes. For the safety of the artwork, we ask that one adult accompany every two children ages 13 and under. Students ages 14 and up may experience the installation unescorted.
Can I bring my group to see Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING?
Adult and university groups may reserve tickets for the date and time of their choice on a first come, first served basis. Docent-led tours are not available for Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING. Get your tickets. For groups of 7 or more people, we invite you to request your tickets for Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING through our Education Department.
Teacher-scheduled school tour groups are invited to add a Kusama experience to their regular tour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, before 12p. Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Book a K12 school tour and Kusama experience for your students.
Is photography allowed?
Photography without flash is permitted. Please refer to the Museum’s videography/photography policy on our website for more information. Don’t forget to tag us in your social media post, #TMALove #KusamaTampa #KusamaTMA
Is this artwork interactive?
This work of art is not interactive. We ask that you refrain from touching the soft, tentacle-like sculptures and the mirrored walls. This room is an immersive and unique work of art; all of our gallery rules apply. Check out our gallery rules for more information.
However, Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING makes for great photo-ops and selfies. We encourage you to take as many pictures as you would like, without the flash, and tag us in your social media posts!
Still have questions? Contact us or give us a call at 813.421.8380.