The Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum Dedicated to Isamu Noguchi’s works, and programming with related modern and contemporary artists. 13 galleries and outdoor sculpture garden.
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Open Wed–Sun by advance reservation: noguchi.org/tickets Founded in 1985 by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), one of the leading sculptors and designers of the twentieth century, The Noguchi Museum was the first museum in America to be founded, designed, and installed by a living artist to show their own work. Widely viewed as among the artist’s greatest achievements, the Museum features an indoor/outdoor sculpture garden and two floors of exhibition space in a converted factory building. Since its founding, it has served as an international hub for Noguchi research and appreciation. In addition to housing the artist’s archives and the catalogue raisonné of his work, the Museum exhibits a comprehensive selection of sculpture, models for public projects and gardens, dance sets, and his Akari lanterns. Provocative, frequently-changing installations drawn from the permanent collection, together with diverse special exhibitions, offer a rich, contextualized view of Noguchi’s art and illuminate his enduring influence as a category-defying, multicultural, cross-disciplinary innovator. The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, New York. It is open Wednesday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am– 6 pm. General admission is $10; $5 for senior citizens and students with a valid ID. New York City public high-school students, children under 12, and Museum members are admitted free of charge. Admission is free on the first Friday of every month. Public tours in English are available daily at 2 pm, and in Japanese on the first Friday and second Sunday of every month. 718-204-7088 or www.noguchi.org @NoguchiMuseum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat

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The Noguchi Museum is closed to visitors today, Thursday, December 17, due to travel conditions in the winter storm. Tic...
12/17/2020

The Noguchi Museum is closed to visitors today, Thursday, December 17, due to travel conditions in the winter storm. Ticket holders have been contacted and issued a credit to visit on a future date. Please stay safe and healthy.


Image: Isamu Noguchi, ‘Uruguayan,’ 1973. Granite. CR 733.01 ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS) #snowguchi #noguchimuseum

Monday, Dec 14, 7:30 pm ET, join educator Luned Palmer for an evening of culinary play with ‘Synergetic Stew: Exploratio...
12/12/2020
Virtual Hands-On at Noguchi: Making Synergetic Stew - The Noguchi Museum

Monday, Dec 14, 7:30 pm ET, join educator Luned Palmer for an evening of culinary play with ‘Synergetic Stew: Explorations in Dymaxion Dining,’ a cookbook created for Buckminster Fuller on his 86th birthday with contributions by his friends, including Isamu Noguchi. Register: https://www.noguchi.org/museum/calendar/event/2020-12-14-1930-virtual-hands-on-at-noguchi-making-synergetic-stew/

Join educator Luned Palmer in exploring Isamu Noguchi’s portrait of Buckminster Fuller. Then, learn about Synergetic Stew: Explorations in Dymaxion Dining, a cookbook created for Fuller on his 86th birthday with contributions by his friends, including Noguchi. We’ll share recipes from our experi...

Now online in The New York Times and in this weekend’s Arts section, read Max Lakin’s moving portrait of the artist #FUT...
12/11/2020
Futura, a King of Graffiti, Returns to His Roots

Now online in The New York Times and in this weekend’s Arts section, read Max Lakin’s moving portrait of the artist #FUTURA2000 and his coinciding exhibitions ‘Futura 2020,’ Eric Firestone Gallery, 40 Great Jones St, through Jan 9; and ‘Futura Akari,’ The Noguchi Museum, through Feb 28.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/arts/design/futura-graffiti-gallery-fashion.html

The artist has gone from painting subway cars to the runways of Comme des Garçons. After a hiatus, his two exhibitions are his first in his hometown in 30 years.

Tuesday, November 24, 2 pm EST, learn about the materials and process that Isamu Noguchi used to create ‘Planet in Trans...
11/21/2020
Center of Attention: Planet in Transit #1 - The Noguchi Museum

Tuesday, November 24, 2 pm EST, learn about the materials and process that Isamu Noguchi used to create ‘Planet in Transit’ (1968-72). Bring a pencil and paper to sketch or write.

https://www.noguchi.org/museum/calendar/event/2020-11-24-1400-center-of-attention-planet-in-transit-1/

Center of Attention is an interactive virtual learning program for adults dedicated to a single work of art by Isamu Noguchi. Learn about the materials and process used to create Planet in Transit #1 (1968–72), and participate in an interpretive conversation led by educator Matthew Capezzuto. Brin...

10/28/2020
Dezeen

Today, Oct 28, 1 pm EDT: Spencer Bailey, Sir David Adjaye (2020 Isamu Noguchi Award honoree), and Michael Bierut discuss the changing nature of memorial design, via Dezeen

In this live online talk, Spencer Bailey, Phaidon editor-at-large and author of the new book In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials, spoke with graphic designer Michael Bierut and architect David Adjaye about the shift from figurative to abstract styles in memorials.

Bloomberg Philanthropies
10/19/2020

Bloomberg Philanthropies

In celebration of The Noguchi Museum joining the Bloomberg Connects app, we’re sponsoring free admission from October 21-25.

The Bloomberg Connects app offers a contact-free audiovisual guide to navigate the Museum while visiting, and a dynamic way to explore collections from wherever you are. Reserve your tickets for the Noguchi Museum now and whether you’re visiting the museum in person or viewing the collections virtually, you can download the Bloomberg Connects app: https://www.bloombergconnects.org

November 16, 2020, 8 pm EST, The Noguchi Museum will hold a virtual celebration of the 2020 Isamu Noguchi Award honoring...
09/14/2020

November 16, 2020, 8 pm EST, The Noguchi Museum will hold a virtual celebration of the 2020 Isamu Noguchi Award honoring Sir David Adjaye and Cai Guo-Qiang—kindred spirits of innovation, global consciousness, and Eastern and Western cultural exchange. https://www.noguchi.org/benefit

The Noguchi Museum and artist-publisher The Brother In Elysium recently released ‘I Become a Nisei,’ a handmade book col...
06/29/2020

The Noguchi Museum and artist-publisher The Brother In Elysium recently released ‘I Become a Nisei,’ a handmade book collecting an essay by Isamu Noguchi written from a prison camp for Japanese Americans in 1942, with a selection of artworks and documents from The Noguchi Museum Archives.

Noguchi voluntarily entered the Colorado River Relocation Center (Poston), Arizona, in May 1942 with ambitious plans to reinvent it as a model community with gardens, recreation areas, and arts programs. He arrived into the entirely different reality of what we now know to be concentration camps, with scant resources, intense heat and dust storms, and no support for his plans. To the management he was a prisoner, and to most of the other prisoners he was suspicious due to his background.

From this place of alienation, he responded to a request from DeWitt Wallace of Reader’s Digest for an article on the situation with a complex and moving piece which went unpublished at the time. The text intertwines observations on the daily realities of the camps with personal reflections on cultural identity and community, and with formative articulations of visions and conflicts that would resonate through his later work.

This book was printed letterpress from hand-set metal type and hand bound by Jon Beacham of The Brother In Elysium, and was designed and published in collaboration with the artist. It includes a foreword by Brian Niiya, Content Director at Densho, an organization which preserves stories of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in order to promote equity and justice today. Edition of 300.

https://shop.noguchi.org/products/i-become-a-nisei

Calling #NYCTeens: Apply by June 3 for Making Your Mark [MYM], a free summer studio art program offered remotely Tuesday...
05/21/2020

Calling #NYCTeens: Apply by June 3 for Making Your Mark [MYM], a free summer studio art program offered remotely Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 7–30. Details & apply: https://noguchi.org/mym2020


Isamu Noguchi working on 'News (Associated Press Building Plaque),’ 1938–40, now at #50RockefellerPlaza, New York City. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 03758. ©INFGM / ARS #NoguchiTeens #NoguchiArchives

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 pm EDT, join Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and The Noguchi Museum for 'Views on View.’ Moderated by ...
05/18/2020
Views on View

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 pm EDT, join Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and The Noguchi Museum for 'Views on View.’ Moderated by Tirza True Latimer, this conversation with five artists and art historians explores how queer artists influenced American modernism during the interwar years, and how their practices still resonate today. The talk coincides with the exhibition 'Other Points of View,’ which looks at the mid-20th century artistic scene in America through the lens of ‘View’ magazine.

Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/views-on-view-tickets-105405851740

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and the Noguchi Museum present Views on View.

Watch LIVE today and Saturday, May 16, 2:30 pm EDT! ‘Hérodiade’ program on Martha Matinees:https://www.youtube.com/watch...
05/13/2020

Watch LIVE today and Saturday, May 16, 2:30 pm EDT!
‘Hérodiade’ program on Martha Matinees:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws_NhmTKr6g

Amazing set by #Noguchi at the heart of this masterwork from 1944 — 'Hèrodiade' — see the complete work performed by two casts that span 75 years - Martha Graham with May O'Donnell and PeiJu Chien-Pott with Natasha Diamond-Walker on this week’s Martha Matinee — TODAY at 2:30 pm EDT on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/ws_NhmTKr6g
🎭🎟️🎥🎞️🎭🎟️🎥🎞️
#marthagrahamdancecompany #amazingdancers #isamunoguchi #genius #dancers #flattenthecurve #stayhome

04/13/2020
Water Stone, 1987—Installing Isamu Noguchi's Iconic Sculpture | From the Vaults

“Imperfection is better than perfection.” Behold the harrowing process of installing Isamu Noguchi’s beloved ‘Water Stone’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in honor of The Met’s 150th anniversary.

#MetAnywhere #Met150 #IsamuNoguchi

Have you ever been curious to learn how works of art get into the galleries? Behold the trials, frustrations, and unique satisfactions of presenting art to t...

An iconic Noguchi playscape, preview from the unopened ‘Free Play’ exhibition, Sun Valley Museum of Art: https://svmoa.o...
04/01/2020

An iconic Noguchi playscape, preview from the unopened ‘Free Play’ exhibition, Sun Valley Museum of Art: https://svmoa.org/exhibitions/2020/free-play

Learn more about this work:
https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/play-mountain/

Free Play with Isamu Noguchi

Our spring BIG IDEA project, Free Play, looks at open-ended play as an important tool for creativity, self-expression and building community. The project was inspired in part by the work of the internationally known sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi. The Museum's Project Room gallery is filled with Noguchi's drawings and models for play equipment and play spaces, all borrowed from the The Noguchi Museum in New York.

One of the most compelling Noguchi works in Free Play is Play Mountain (1933, cast 1977), a model for an unrealized outdoor play space Noguchi designed for New York City. The story behind Play Mountain within the larger context of Noguchi's practice is told in this fascinating episode of 99% Invisible, a podcast devoted to design:

Listen to the podcast here:
https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/play-mountain/

#isamunoguchi #svmoa #sunvalleymuseum #artmatters

“For there is everywhere but one world really, and people are everywhere mutually involved.” Isamu Noguchi, Arts & Archi...
03/18/2020

“For there is everywhere but one world really, and people are everywhere mutually involved.” Isamu Noguchi, Arts & Architecture 67 no. 11, November 1950.

Sakura is beginning in the garden today. Our Facilities Director George Juergens, whose team is keeping the Museum safe during the closure, wanted to share this with our friends around the world. We hope you are staying well. We are developing new programs and content to share while we are closed. Please let us know what else you would like to see.

View the full article referenced, in which Noguchi describes work made in Japan for his 1950 Mitsokushi Department Store exhibition: https://archive.noguchi.org/detail/archival/79981

Exhibition:
https://archive.noguchi.org/Detail/exhibition/1666

#MuseumfromHome #Sakura🌸 #weepingcherry #NoguchiGarden #museummomentofzen #IsamuNoguchi #イサムノグチ #NoguchiMuseum

Beginning Friday, March 13, The Noguchi Museum is temporarily closed, and all public programs and scheduled events are c...
03/13/2020

Beginning Friday, March 13, The Noguchi Museum is temporarily closed, and all public programs and scheduled events are canceled through March 31. This is a proactive measure to preserve the health and well-being of our visitors and staff, and to support the City of New York’s ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Any further changes and updates to programs or hours will be announced on noguchi.org. The Museum will issue a full refund or credit for all canceled programs.

We look forward to announcing soon when we can welcome visitors back. In the meantime, we will stay connected here and on noguchi.org. Should you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

We appreciate your continued support and understanding.

https://www.noguchi.org/the-noguchi-museums-response-to-covid-19/


Photo: Nicholas Knight. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS).

“Before Noguchi found success with his paper Akari lanterns, before his coffee table became an icon of midcentury design...
02/14/2020
Isamu Noguchi’s fascinating quest to design the perfect ashtray

“Before Noguchi found success with his paper Akari lanterns, before his coffee table became an icon of midcentury design, and before his monumental parks and playscapes became beloved public spaces, he was a struggling artist trying to make ends meet while doggedly pursuing his true life’s work: redefining what sculpture is and exploring how it can mediate the relationships people have with the world around them.” Curbed

‘The Sculptor and the Ashtray’ is on view through August 23.

The midcentury artist’s failed attempt to create a universal tabletop accessory tells a deep story about how he perceived the power of sculpture.

“For Noguchi, motion was vital to sculpture. Like Fernandes, he was interested in cultures of movement, in particular, o...
01/29/2020
Staging the Work of Ballet Amid Noguchi's Expressive Sculptures

“For Noguchi, motion was vital to sculpture. Like Fernandes, he was interested in cultures of movement, in particular, our physical habits of being— the way we lift something off the floor, for example, or sit in a chair.” Helen Georgas, Hyperallergic

'Brendan Fernandes: Contract and Release’ performances continue Saturdays at 1:30 pm & 3 pm, every Saturday in February.

For Contract and Release, choreographed by Brendan Fernandes, three dancers assume their positions amid a selection of Noguchi’s works that allude to the human form and proceed to slowly perform a prescribed set of tasks.

Cameron Art Museum
01/15/2020

Cameron Art Museum

Unfolding Noguchi, co-organized by CAM in collaboration with the The Noguchi Museum, brings the light-filled sculptures of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi to southeastern North Carolina. On view now until May 24, 2020.

Artwork © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artist Rights Society (ARS)

The new digital Isamu Noguchi Archive and Catalogue Raisonné are now live at https://archive.noguchi.org. Thanks to the ...
11/21/2019

The new digital Isamu Noguchi Archive and Catalogue Raisonné are now live at https://archive.noguchi.org. Thanks to the The Henry Luce Foundation, Tsuneko and the late Shoji Sadao, our design & development partners Whirl-i-Gig and For Office Use Only, and the many researchers who have contributed.

“I don’t know when the last time you had a relationship that totally changed how you felt about everything was, but this...
11/06/2019
How Noguchi and Hasegawa’s San Francisco story transformed Asian art and culture

“I don’t know when the last time you had a relationship that totally changed how you felt about everything was, but this was one of those relationships ... As soon as they met, it changed both of their mind-sets.” Co-curator Mark Dean Johnson, on Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa.

San Francisco Chronicle reviews 'Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan,’ on view at Asian Art Museum through Dec 8.

Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi remains famous for his work that melded traditional…

Have you explored the new noguchi.org yet? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Anh Tuan Pham, creative director at our desi...
10/23/2019
Communication Arts

Have you explored the new noguchi.org yet? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Anh Tuan Pham, creative director at our design & development partner For Office Use Only, spoke recently with Communication Arts about the process.

WEBPICKS: By For Office Use Only, this museum’s site reflects its campus’s embrace of the simple and elemental, showcasing the life and work of Isamu Noguchi.

https://www.commarts.com/webpicks/the-noguchi-museum

#webpicks #webdesign #museum

Early autumn in The Noguchi Museum garden.Photo: Nicholas Knight. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / ...
10/16/2019

Early autumn in The Noguchi Museum garden.

Photo: Nicholas Knight. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / Artists Rights Society (ARS).

‘Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan’ is on view at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco ...
10/04/2019
KQED Arts

‘Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan’ is on view at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco through Dec 8.

"Though 'Changing and Unchanging Things' goes to lengths to demonstrate the genuine exchange and parity present in the artists’ relationship in the 1950s, the show ultimately functions to introduce (or more accurately, reintroduce) Hasegawa to audiences unfamiliar with his work."
The is exhibit is currently at the Asian Art Museum.

October 8, 6 pm, our Director Brett Littman presents a talk on Isamu Noguchi and The Noguchi Museum’s work of preserving...
10/03/2019
Brett Littman: Notes on Noguchi

October 8, 6 pm, our Director Brett Littman presents a talk on Isamu Noguchi and The Noguchi Museum’s work of preserving his legacy in the contemporary world at The Art Students League of New York.

Brett Littman, Director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York, discusses the founding of the museum, Noguchi's ideas about the museum's layout and garden, his "kaleidoscopic" artistic philosophies, and the institution's evolving ideas about how to preserve a...

Celebrate the end of summer 2019 with us!Balún | Bang on a Can Music SeriesFriday, 9/6, 6pm – FREE
08/30/2019
Balún

Celebrate the end of summer 2019 with us!
Balún | Bang on a Can Music Series
Friday, 9/6, 6pm – FREE

Thanks Queens Chronicle for the interview! We can’t wait to play our first ever Queens show on 9/6 at The Noguchi Museum 🤟🏽See you all there!

Now on view: ‘In Search of Contoured Playground’ and ‘Models for Spaces’ explore Noguchi’s belief in sculpture as the ma...
08/24/2019

Now on view: ‘In Search of Contoured Playground’ and ‘Models for Spaces’ explore Noguchi’s belief in sculpture as the manipulation of our experience of space.

Developed in collaboration with architect Naomi Frangos, ‘In Search of Contoured Playground’ provides new ways to contemplate and experience Noguchi’s never-built playscape proposed for New York City’s Central Park in 1941.

‘Models for Spaces’ highlights a selection of designs for projects that are either lesser-known or for which the models which are rarely shown. In Areas 5 & 6 through February 2, 2020.


Photos by Nicholas Knight. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS).

08/05/2019
Wave Hill

Let this beautiful video from Laraaji's performance at Wave Hill entice you to join us next Sunday, 8/11, for Laraaji | Bang on a Can Music Series in The Noguchi Museum garden (outdoors weather permitting). Music starts at 3 pm; free with admission.

Laraaji's performance yesterday captivated audiences, including one butterfly, who perched on his mic stand for a better listen.
Next Twilight in the Garden on Thursdays, DJ Lightbolt performs contemporary fusion and dance, and Kaitlyn Parkins of NYC Bat Group - Public Page leads a bat walk and talk.
Don't miss out: bit.ly/SummerEvenings2019

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9-01 33rd Rd (At Vernon Blvd)
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NYC Ferry to Astoria; F train to Queensbridge-21st Street to Q69, Q100 or Q103 bus; 7 train to Vernon-Jackson to Q103 bus; N / W train to Broadway to Q104 bus; Citibike. Before planning your trip, please check mta.info for schedules and other updates. For detailed travel information, see www.noguchi.org/visitor-info/getting-here

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Founded in 1985 by Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988), one of the leading sculptors and designers of the twentieth century, The Noguchi Museum was the first museum in America to be founded, designed, and installed by a living artist to show their own work. Widely viewed as among the artist’s greatest achievements, the Museum features an indoor/outdoor sculpture garden and two floors of exhibition space in a converted factory building. Since its founding, it has served as an international hub for Noguchi research and appreciation. In addition to housing the artist’s archives and the catalogue raisonné of his work, the Museum exhibits a comprehensive selection of sculpture, models for public projects and gardens, dance sets, and his Akari lanterns. Provocative, frequently-changing installations drawn from the permanent collection, together with diverse special exhibitions, offer a rich, contextualized view of Noguchi’s art and illuminate his enduring influence as a category-defying, multicultural, cross-disciplinary innovator. The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, New York. It is open Wednesday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am– 6 pm. General admission is $10; $5 for senior citizens and students with a valid ID. New York City public school students, children under 12, and Museum members are admitted free of charge. Admission is free on the first Friday of every month. Public tours in English are available daily at 2 pm, and in Japanese on the first Friday and second Sunday of every month. 718-204-7088 or www.noguchi.org @NoguchiMuseum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat

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