A review of Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish by Pipilotti Rist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:
Last summer, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presented two installations and a few somewhat overlooked paintings by Yayoi Kusama. The installations, two of the artist’s mirror- and light-based works called “Infinity Rooms,” could soon be seen across the feeds of preferred social media channels as visitors to the museum posed and posted. This year, the MFAH hopes to achieve something similar with Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish, on view through Sept. 17. Both artists are part of the museum’s continued summer exhibition efforts to highlight artists whose installations are largely deemed social media-worthy. It’s a mutually beneficial endeavor that draws crowds to the museum, puts some focus on the artist, and hopefully fosters appreciation of the arts among visitors and inspires them to further explore their city’s art scene. Rist’s work provides a spectacular backdrop that will draw individuals from across the city to experience the artist’s work in a newly developed style.