By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, August 15, 2014
The pavilion of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery ---- that’s the ground--level entrance to the Smithsonian’s subterranean museum of Asian art ---- will be abuzz with activity next week as the museum prepares for the next exhibition in its “Perspectives” series. (Previous shows, which tend to stop visitors in their tracks, have spotlighted the work of Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei and, most recently, Rina Banerjee.)
“Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota” doesn’t officially open until Aug. 30, but the show will start taking shape Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Berlin--based Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota will be on site to assemble an elaborate installation featuring nearly four miles of red yarn, plus hundreds of donated shoes and handwritten notes.
During the four--day installation, visitors can watch the art--making, which explores themes of memory and human interconnection. Written questions about the work may be submitted to curator Carol Huh, who will be on hand during the process, via the museum’s Twitter handle, @FreerSackler, using the hashtag #perspectives.