Ivanka Trump took some time away from her busy schedule of aiding the most destructive and dysfunctional presidential administration in American history to visit the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” the selfie-centric, impossible-to-get-tickets-to retrospective of the groundbreaking Japanese artist. As visitors to this particular exhibition are wont to do, she took a picture for Instagram, though hers was not inside one of the exceedingly popular mirrored “infinity rooms.” No, hers was taken inside the so-called “Obliteration Room,” the final room in the exhibition, where visitors are encouraged to place multicolored dots around an otherwise white environment. As Hyperallergic points out, this choice of places for Ivanka to snap a selfie is deeply ironic.
One wonders, does Ivanka Trump understand that the entire point of the room she’s so gracefully perched in is for the colors to eventually overtake the room’s otherwise deafening whiteness? And that that’s, like, the opposite of everything her family stands for? (I’m gonna guess probably not.) Does Ivanka Trump realize that Yayoi Kusama was once an immigrant to America, who lived in poverty in New York? Also, who let Ivanka Trump into the museum to take this seemingly private tour? Did she visit the infinity rooms? What, exactly, did she see when she stared into her own dead-eyed reflection, surrounded by millions of tiny, twinkling lights?
Much to the chagrin of pretty much everyone in the art world, Ivanka and her sentient internet meme of a husband, Jared Kushner, have an extensive art collection, which reportedly includes the likes of Dan Colen, Alex Da Corte, and Nate Lowman. Hopefully, she’s not thinking of acquiring a Kusama, because having something called “The Obliteration Room” in the White House right now feels just a little too on the nose.