The Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum Dedicated to Isamu Noguchi’s works, and programming with related modern and contemporary artists. Admission is free on the first Friday of every month.
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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 high-school students, children under 12, and Museum members are admitted free of charge. 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

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Happy Winter Solstice 🌔 The Noguchi Museum and its administrative offices will be closed December 25 through January 1 f...
12/21/2023

Happy Winter Solstice 🌔 The Noguchi Museum and its administrative offices will be closed December 25 through January 1 for a winter break. The Museum is open through this weekend, 11 am–6 pm.


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Marie Menken, still from ‘Lights,’ 1966. 16mm film, color, silent, 6.5 min. Single channel video transferred from the 16mm film, courtesy of Anthology Film Archives. On view in ‘A Glorious Bewilderment: Marie Menken’s ‘Visual Variations on Noguchi,’’ through Feb 4.

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This Wednesday, 10/25, at 1 pm ET, join New York Public Library for the Performing Arts for a talk exploring the life an...
10/24/2023

This Wednesday, 10/25, at 1 pm ET, join New York Public Library for the Performing Arts for a talk exploring the life and legacy of Michio Ito, a key figure in early American modern dance and an early influence and mentor for Isamu Noguchi.

This event is free via Zoom, as well as in person at The Library for the Performing Arts. The related exhibition ‘Border Crossings: Exile and American Modern Dance 1900-1955’ is on view at NYPL through March 16, 2024.


Portrait of Michio Ito:
Photo: Maurice Goldberg, Courtesy of New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Wendy Perron and Muna Tseng discuss the choreographer Michio Ito.

"Our existence is precarious, we do not believe in the permanence of things. The whole man has been replaced by the frag...
10/17/2023

"Our existence is precarious, we do not believe in the permanence of things. The whole man has been replaced by the fragmented self . . .[yet] we verge on the impalpable secrets of matter and life, and out of each metamorphosis we see the outlines of a new magnificent reality.” – Isamu Noguchi

‘Gregory’ (1945), a remarkable interlocking sculpture by Isamu Noguchi, breathes life into the eerie world of Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis. The sculpture's violent chasms and fragmented form convey a sense of transformation, mirroring Kafka's tale of Gregor Samsa, a man-turned-cockroach. Fascinated by the fragility of life, Noguchi's interlocking sculpture hangs in the tenuous balance between stability and collapse. When filming ‘Gregory,’ experimental filmmaker Marie Menken added a surreal twist by turning her camera sideways and racing down the sculpture's surface. She animates the sculptures's voids so they appear to rush across the frame and gleam with white light. This captivating exploration blurs the boundaries between positive and negative space, light and darkness, and top and bottom, offering a hauntingly strange visual experience.

Both Isamu Noguchi's 'Gregory' and Menken's film which features the work are on view in the exhibition 'A Glorious Bewilderment: Marie Menken's Visual Variations on Noguchi,' on view through February 4, 2024. Learn more: noguchi.org/a-glorious-bewilderment

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[1] Marie Menken, “Still from ‘Visual Variations on Noguchi,’” 1945/46. Soundtrack 1953. 16mm film, black and white, sound, 4 min. Music by Lucia Dlugoszewski. Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives
[2 Isamu Noguchi, ‘Gregory,’ 1945. Photo: Nicholas Knight. ©INFGM / ARS

This is the last week to apply for The Noguchi Museum's Teen Advisory Board [TAB]!Teen Advisory Board is a paid internsh...
10/16/2023

This is the last week to apply for The Noguchi Museum's Teen Advisory Board [TAB]!

Teen Advisory Board is a paid internship for juniors and seniors in New York City public high schools. TAB is a great opportunity for young professionals to develop their interests in art and social justice, and network with like-minded teen colleagues from all around the city. As participants dive into Isamu Noguchi's life and engage in dialogue with museum staff, teens will reflect on their own identities and practice expressing their own voices for institutional justice, anti-racism, and equity. Applications for this year's TAB cohort are due by Thursday, October 19: noguchi.org/teen-advisory-board.
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2022-2023 TAB participants in the galleries. Photos: Katherine Abbott ()

Visitors to ‘A Glorious Bewilderment’ are encouraged to explore the exhibition’s reading room. Learn more about artists ...
10/13/2023

Visitors to ‘A Glorious Bewilderment’ are encouraged to explore the exhibition’s reading room. Learn more about artists Isamu Noguchi, Marie Menken, and Lucia Dlugoszewski from the comfort of Noguchi’s Freeform Sofa. Also on view is a three-channel video montage of film footage from The Noguchi Museum Archives’ newly digitized Multimedia Collection. Offering glimpses of Noguchi’s travels, public works, and installations, the clips offer new perspectives on his own interest in movement, light, and fragmentation.
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[1-2] Area 13 Reading Room. Installation view, “A Glorious Bewilderment: Marie Menken’s ‘Visual Variations on Noguchi’”, The Noguchi Museum, September 27, 2023 – February 4, 2024. Photo: . ©INFGM / ARS

Este viernes, 6 de octubre, te invitamos a explorar el Museo Noguchi. Los primeros viernes de cada mes, a la 1 pm, únete...
10/05/2023

Este viernes, 6 de octubre, te invitamos a explorar el Museo Noguchi. Los primeros viernes de cada mes, a la 1 pm, únete a nuestros recorridos públicos completamente en español. Además de la oportunidad de sumergirte en la obra de Isamu Noguchi, el acceso al museo es gratuito durante los primeros viernes. Aunque las entradas gratuitas del primer viernes se agotaron en línea, estarán disponibles en la puerta. El Museo esta abierto de 11 am–6 pm.

Este mes descubran las obras visuales frenéticas de la cineasta experimental Marie Menken y las esculturas relacionadas de Isamu Noguchi en la exposición “A Glorious Bewilderment: Marie Menken’s ‘Visual Variations on Noguchi’”
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This Friday, October 6, at 1 pm, join us for a Spanish language tour of the Museum. Museum admission is free on the first Friday of every month. While advance Free First Friday tickets are sold out online, tickets will also be available at the door. The Museum is open from 11 am-6 pm.

This month discover the frenetic works of experimental filmmaker Marie Menken paired with Isamu Noguchi’s related sculptures in the exhibition “A Glorious Bewilderment: Marie Menken’s ‘Visual Variations on Noguchi’.”
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Isamu Noguchi, Set for Martha Graham’s ‘Hérodiade,’ 1944. Plywood, paint. Gift of the J. M. Kaplan Fund (2002). Backdrop fabricated by Danny Da Silva, 2023.
Installation view, “A Glorious Bewilderment: ‘Marie Menken’s Visual Variations on Noguchi,’” The Noguchi Museum, New York, September 27, 2023 – February 4, 2024. Photo: Nicholas Knight. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / Artists Rights Society (ARS)

‘Toshiko Takaezu: Shaping Abstraction’ is on view September 30, 2023–September 29, 2024 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Bost...
09/30/2023

‘Toshiko Takaezu: Shaping Abstraction’ is on view September 30, 2023–September 29, 2024 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ()

The MFA holds a significant collection of Takaezu’s works—more than twenty examples will be featured alongside loans from private collections. Highlights also include a large-scale weaving that has been recently acquired by the MFA and a grouping of works that explores the artist’s cross-cultural interactions with contemporary Japanese ceramicists during her pivotal eight-month trip to Japan in 1955–56. In conjunction with the exhibition, an additional display in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art juxtaposes Takaezu’s work with that of Isamu Noguchi.

Challenging traditional presentations of American abstraction, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary range of Takaezu’s work—aiming to make her contributions more widely known. ‘Toshiko Takaezu: Shaping Abstraction’ was developed in collaboration with the Toshiko Takaezu Foundation () and The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.
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WEATHER CLOSURE: Due to local flooding on Vernon Boulevard, The Noguchi Museum is closed on Friday, September 29. We pla...
09/29/2023

WEATHER CLOSURE: Due to local flooding on Vernon Boulevard, The Noguchi Museum is closed on Friday, September 29. We plan to reopen this weekend with regular hours (11 am–6 pm). Please stay safe!

Marie Menken (1909–1970) continually explored light, dynamic movement, and texture in her sculptural filmmaking. Her fir...
09/26/2023

Marie Menken (1909–1970) continually explored light, dynamic movement, and texture in her sculptural filmmaking. Her first solo short film 'Visual Variations on Noguchi' (1945/46), introduced a new sense of movement through innovative use of the 16mm Bolex camera. Swiftly navigating in and around Isamu Noguchi's sculptures, Menken crafted a mesmerizing and dizzying portrayal of Noguchi's artwork in dynamic motion, honoring Noguchi’s invitation to engage with the potential of his work with our own bodies. This film technique greatly influenced a new generation of experimental filmmakers, including Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Andy Warhol.

“A Glorious Bewilderment: Marie Menken’s 'Visual Variations on Noguchi,” is on view at The Noguchi Museum, New York, starting Wednesday, September 27. Learn more: noguchi.org/a-glorious-bewilderment
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[1] Marie Menken, Still from ‘Visual Variations on Noguchi,’ 1945/46. Soundtrack 1953. 16mm film, black and white, sound, 4 min. Music by Lucia Dlugoszewski. Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives
[2] Marie Menken,Still from Lights(1965–66). Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives
[3] Filmmaker Marie Menken(1909–1970).Courtesy of Anthology Film Archive

This Sunday, September 24, 4 pm, join us for a performance by For Living Lovers—guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist Stomu...
09/22/2023

This Sunday, September 24, 4 pm, join us for a performance by For Living Lovers—guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist Stomu Takeishi—to close out the 2023 music series. While this last performance is sold out online, tickets will be available at the door. Admission to the Museum is half price while the second floor galleries are closed.

Brandon Ross and Stomu Takeishi are both longtime veterans of New York City’s creative music scene. Over the course of their long collaboration, the duo have developed a unique dialogue and timbral language for guitar and bass. For Living Lovers’s music poses questions: physical, philosophical, and sonic—all while inviting the listener to participate in an intimate conversation.

Presented by Bang on a Can (). Learn more: noguchi.org/bangonacan
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Brandon Ross () and Stomu Takeishi () (). Photo: Courtesy of the artists

Throughout the summer, The Noguchi Museum engaged visitors of all ages in a range of exploratory and interactive educati...
09/21/2023

Throughout the summer, The Noguchi Museum engaged visitors of all ages in a range of exploratory and interactive education programs.

Drawing inspiration from natural elements to craft traditions, visitors explored the healing properties of plant dyes with artist Tomoe Mineta () at Socrates Sculpture Park (), and the joys of kite-making with families in collaboration with Kite House Magoji (). Arte en el Noguchi welcomed Spanish-language speakers to create mycelium drawings and prints and our studio program for teens, Making Your Mark, made a triumphant close with an exhibition of multimedia works inspired by Isamu Noguchi's practice and themes of self-discovery.

We look forward to welcoming guests for all of our fall programs.

Learn more: https://www.noguchi.org/museum/education/

Education programs at the Noguchi Museum are made possible by the generous support of the Windgate Foundation Art Education Fund, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York State Council on the Arts.
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[1-9] Photos by Salvador Espinoza ()
[10] Photo by Justin R. Baez (.img)

While alone in Isamu Noguchi’s MacDougal Alley studio in Greenwich Village, New York City, the experimental filmmaker Ma...
09/19/2023

While alone in Isamu Noguchi’s MacDougal Alley studio in Greenwich Village, New York City, the experimental filmmaker Marie Menken (1909–1970) moved swiftly among his sculptures, deftly manipulating a 16mm Bolex camera to achieve radical shifts in perspective. She later edited the footage captured during this visit to create her first solo film, 'Visual Variations on Noguchi.' A groundbreaking contribution to experimental cinema, Menken's film offers a vivid and disorienting portrayal of Noguchi’s sculptures in motion.

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the invention of 16mm film, Menken's film will be screened at The Noguchi Museum for the first time in its original 16mm format, in the exhibition "A Glorious Bewilderment: Marie Menken's 'Visual Variations on Noguchi.'" The exhibition will also feature a collection of Noguchi's related sculptures, many of which appear in the film, and will highlight previously unrecognized connections between Menken’s film work, Noguchi’s sculptures, and composer Lucia Dlugoszewski's haunting score for the film. 

“A Glorious Bewilderment: Marie Menken’s ‘Visual Variations on Noguchi,’” organized by Curator Kate Wiener, opens on Wednesday, September 27. Learn more: noguchi.org/a-glorious-bewilderment 

Current Museum members are invited to the private opening reception on Tuesday, September 26, 6–8 pm. Members may RSVP to [email protected]
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[1] Marie Menken with her Bolex camera. Photo: William Wood. 
[2] Isamu Noguchi with Study for Luminous Plastic Sculpture, 1943. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 03766. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / Artists 
Rights Society (ARS). 
[3] Lucia Dlugoszewski playing timbre piano. Photo: Courtesy of the Erick Hawkins Dance Foundation, Inc.

This Wednesday, September 6 at 12 pm, The Noguchi Museum is offering a free virtual tour designed for those who are blin...
09/02/2023

This Wednesday, September 6 at 12 pm, The Noguchi Museum is offering a free virtual tour designed for those who are blind or have low vision. Titled 'Seen and Unseen,' the virtual tour illuminates Isamu Noguchi’s art through verbal description and engaging conversation.

This month, join us to explore Noguchi’s stage sets and sculptures that were inspired by dance. Of his designs for Martha Graham, Noguchi said, “Theater is a ceremonial; the performance is a rite. Sculpture in daily life should or could be like this.”

Seen and Unseen tours are free and are offered remotely on Zoom or dial-in by phone. Email [email protected] to RSVP, and please share with anyone you know who may appreciate this program.
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[1] Isamu Noguchi, ‘Miss Expanding Universe,’ 1932. Plaster. Photo: Fay Sturtevant Lincoln. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 01452. ©️INFGM / ARS
[2] Martha Graham with Isamu Noguchi’s ‘Spider Dress,’ and ‘Serpent,’ 1946. Photo: Cris Alexander. The Isamu Noguchi Archives, 01619. ©️INFGM / ARS

Hanya Yanagihara is a 2023 Isamu Noguchi Award honoree. The American, New York-based novelist, writer, and editor in chi...
08/30/2023

Hanya Yanagihara is a 2023 Isamu Noguchi Award honoree. The American, New York-based novelist, writer, and editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, reflects on Noguchi's sense of responsibility beyond art-making:

“It’s a profound honor to receive this award, particularly as I’ve long been inspired by Noguchi’s work as both an artist and a politically engaged citizen. I’ve always admired how his dedication to craft intersected with his sense of cultural and personal responsibility, in a way that had real consequences for him. As an East Coast-based Japanese American resident, he was exempted from Executive Order 9066, which placed over 120,000 Japanese Americans - nearly two-thirds of them American citizens - in prison camps. But in 1942, he voluntarily committed himself to one of those camps, Poston, with idealistic hopes of creating a more humane environment.”

Learn more about the honorees and purchase your ticket to the 2023 Benefit and Isamu Noguchi Award Presentation: noguchi.org/benefit
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[2] Valentino Spring 2024 men's RTW collection , designed by artistic director Pierpaolo Piccioli, with text from Yanagihara’s novel ‘A Little Life.’
[3] Stills from theater production of ‘A Little Life’. Photo by Jan Versweyveld
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Happy belated birthday Theaster Gates! The Chicago-based contemporary artist and social innovator is a 2023 Isamu Noguch...
08/29/2023

Happy belated birthday Theaster Gates! The Chicago-based contemporary artist and social innovator is a 2023 Isamu Noguchi Award honoree. Gates reflects on Noguchi's philosophical impact on his practice:

“The Isamu Noguchi Award is one of the highest honors I could receive. The complexity and purity of Noguchi’s practice, and the ambition of his public works, has always been true north for me. The philosophies, traditions, and ways of working that underpin Noguchi’s practice continues to act as pillars and anchors of truth for me. I am humbled to receive this recognition and to be recognized amongst my colleagues Hanya Yanagihara and Edmund de Waal.”

Learn more about the honorees and purchase your ticket to the 2023 Benefit and Isamu Noguchi Award Presentation: noguchi.org/benefit
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[1] Portrait of by Lyndon French.
[2] Theaster Gates, ‘Amalgam #1,’ 2019. Wood, tar and ceramic masks. Photo: Chris Strong. © Theaster Gates
[3] Theaster Gates, ‘Young Lords and Their Traces,’ New Museum, 2023. High fire stoneware vessels with glaze. Photo: Chris Strong © Theaster Gates
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Edmund de Waal is a 2023 Isamu Noguchi Award honoree. The English writer and artist, recognized widely for his large-sca...
08/28/2023

Edmund de Waal is a 2023 Isamu Noguchi Award honoree. The English writer and artist, recognized widely for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, speaks on the influence of Isamu Noguchi’s craft:

"I'm truly honored to be receiving the Isamu Noguchi Award. Noguchi has been a constant presence in my life since I first went to Japan over forty years ago,” says de Waal. “I was a pilgrim to the many places in which he worked and since then feel that I have traveled in his footsteps. His relationship with the materials of clay and stone and his sense of place have informed and delighted me. Noguchi’s encounters with traditional skills were respectful: he took them seriously enough to change and renew them with vigor. I am a potter, I work with the oldest craft in the world and I try to renew my art in a similar way.”

Learn more about the honorees and purchase your ticket to the 2023 Benefit and Isamu Noguchi Award Presentation: noguchi.org/benefit
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[1] Edmund De Waal (). Photo: Tom Jamieson
[2] Edmiund de Waal, a change in the weather, 2007. 365 porcelain vessels in a lacquer cabinet. Installative view, New Art Centre, Wiltshire. Photo: Paul Barker. © Edmund de Waal
[3] Edmund de Waal, ‘a stone for two hands and water,‘ 2021. Hornton stone, bamboo, water. Installation view, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green, as part of ‘This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal Presents Henry Moore,’ May 19 – October 31, 2021. Photo: Jemima Johnson. © Edmund de Waal
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On Tuesday, September 12, The Noguchi Museum will present artist and writer Edmund de Waal, artist Theaster Gates, and n...
08/09/2023

On Tuesday, September 12, The Noguchi Museum will present artist and writer Edmund de Waal, artist Theaster Gates, and novelist and editor Hanya Yanagihara with the 2023 Isamu Noguchi Award at its Annual Benefit, marking the tenth year of this landmark award.

Established in 2014 and presented annually, The Isamu Noguchi Award acknowledges highly accomplished individuals who share Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, unbounded imagination, and uncompromising commitment to creativity. The award celebrates individuals from around the world, across various disciplines, whose works demonstrate the highest level of artistic integrity and cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.

The Noguchi Museum’s annual benefit raises essential funds to support its exhibitions, research, and programming, and the care of its renowned collection. Tickets are available at noguchi.org/benefit.
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[1] The Isamu Noguchi Award. Photo: Don Stahl. ©INFGM / ARS
[2] Edmund De Waal (). Photo: Tom Jamieson
[3] Theaster Gates (). Photo: Rankin Photography
[4] Hanya Yanagihara (). Photo: Jenny Westerhoff

¿En busca de programas de arte en Español? El Museo Noguchi estara ofreciendo tres talleres de Arte en Español los Miérc...
08/01/2023

¿En busca de programas de arte en Español? El Museo Noguchi estara ofreciendo tres talleres de Arte en Español los Miércoles de 10 am– 12 pm a traves del mes de Agosto. Dirigidos por la artista Sol Aramendi (), los talleres incluyen actividades artisticas para toda la familia, incluyendo costura, fotografia, y dibujar con hongos. La inscripción es gratuita con registración avanzada; puede unirse ese día, si hay espacio. No se necesitan conocimientos previos.

¡Unete a nosotros mañana, 2 de Agosto, para un taller excitante de costura!
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Looking for Spanish-language art programs? The Noguchi Museum will be offering three Spanish-language art workshops in August, on Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 pm. Led by artist Sol Aramendi (Project Luz), the workshops include art-making activities for all ages, including sewing, photography, and drawing with mushrooms. Registration is free, but spots are limited. You may join on the day of a program if space is available. No prior experience is necessary.

Join us tomorrow, August 2, for an exciting quilting workshop!
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Photos: Sol Aramendi (). ©INFGM / ARS

Making travel plans to the Noguchi Museum this weekend? On Saturday, July 29, Vernon Boulevard between 44 Drive and 30 R...
07/26/2023

Making travel plans to the Noguchi Museum this weekend? On Saturday, July 29, Vernon Boulevard between 44 Drive and 30 Road will be closed to car traffic, and there will be no parking on Friday, July 28, due to ’s festival. As there will be limited nearby street parking, take NYC Ferry, the Q104 or Q103 bus, taxi, bicycle, or other alternative modes of transit to the Museum on Friday and Saturday.  

Learn more about Summer Streets: nyc.gov/summerstreets
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Photo: . INFGM / ARS

Thank you to everyone who attended our celebration of the Artist Banners project on Tuesday, July 18, honoring artists J...
07/20/2023

Thank you to everyone who attended our celebration of the Artist Banners project on Tuesday, July 18, honoring artists June Shin (), Dione Lee (hellocargo), and Cui Fei (), with a meditative percussion performance by Hisham Akira Bharoocha (), art-making activities, and tours.

Thank you to , , and for refreshments, and to everyone who brought the spirit of community and peace to this summer night.
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Photos by Don Stahl. ©INFGM / ARS

“We are a landscape of all we have seen” – Isamu Noguchi Over the course of the last two years, Isamu Noguchi's genre-de...
07/07/2023

“We are a landscape of all we have seen” – Isamu Noguchi

Over the course of the last two years, Isamu Noguchi's genre-defying works toured Europe's museums for the first time in twenty years. Starting at the Barbican Gallery, and then reinvented at Museum Ludwig, Zentrum Paul Klee, and finally at LaM - Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, each iteration of the retrospective showed Isamu Noguchi as total artist searching for new frontiers. Much like Noguchi himself once traveled the globe seeking points of anchorage for inspiration, years later his works continue to serve as emissaries for his philosophy.

Thank you to all the participating institutions and everyone who was able to visit.
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[1-2] Installation view 30 September 2021 – 9 January 2022 © Tim Whitby / Getty Images. ©INFGM / ARS
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Installation view, 'Isamu Noguchi,' , March 26 – Ju­ly 31, 2022. Photo: Guido Schiefer. Courtesy of Museum Ludwig © INFGM / ARS
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Installation views, 'Isamu Noguchi,' Zentrum Paul Klee, September 29, 2022 – January 8, 2023. Courtesy of . ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / ARS / ProLitteris, Zurich
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Installation view, ‘Isamu Noguchi, sculpting the world,’ – Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France), March 15 – July 2, 2023. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS. Photo: F. Iovino

Thank you all who joined us on Saturday, June 17, for our free admission Community Day with the winner of the 2022 Open ...
07/05/2023

Thank you all who joined us on Saturday, June 17, for our free admission Community Day with the winner of the 2022 Open Call for Artist Banners, June Shin (). Visitors created diptych drawings exploring the space between abstraction and figuration, and reflected on their own feelings and journeys towards inner peace. 
These free Community Days included art-making activities and tours centered around the Open Call’s theme of peace and uplifting voices from NYC’s AAPI creative communities.

Save the Date: We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Museum on the evening of Tuesday, July 18, 6–8 pm, for a special extension of our Community day programs; featuring a meditative percussion piece by Hisham Akira Bharoocha () as well as tours of the Museum and art-making activities inspired by the theme of peace. 

RSVP: Noguchi.org/calendar
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Photos by Justin Raul Baez (.world)

Thank you all who joined us on Saturday, June 17, for our free admission Community Day with the winner of the 2022 Open ...
07/05/2023

Thank you all who joined us on Saturday, June 17, for our free admission Community Day with the winner of the 2022 Open Call for Artist Banners, June Shin (). Visitors created diptych drawings exploring the space between abstraction and figuration, and reflected on their own feelings and journeys towards inner peace. 
These free Community Days included art-making activities and tours centered around the Open Call’s theme of peace and uplifting voices from NYC’s AAPI creative communities.

Save the Date: We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Museum on the evening of Tuesday, July 18, 6–8 pm, for a special extension of our Community day programs; featuring a meditative percussion piece by Hisham Akira Bharoocha () as well as tours of the Museum and art-making activities inspired by the theme of peace. 

RSVP: Noguchi.org/calendar
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Photos by Justin Raul Baez (.world)

Thank you all who joined us on Saturday, June 17, for our free admission Community Day with the winner of the 2022 Open ...
07/05/2023

Thank you all who joined us on Saturday, June 17, for our free admission Community Day with the winner of the 2022 Open Call for Artist Banners, June Shin (). Visitors created diptych drawings exploring the space between abstraction and figuration, and reflected on their own feelings and journeys towards inner peace. 
These free Community Days included art-making activities and tours centered around the Open Call’s theme of peace and uplifting voices from NYC’s AAPI creative communities.

Save the Date: We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Museum on the evening of Tuesday, July 18, 6–8 pm, for a special extension of our Community day programs; featuring a meditative percussion piece by Hisham Akira Bharoocha () as well as tours of the Museum and art-making activities inspired by the theme of peace. 
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Photos by Justin Raul Baez (.world

These are the final days to view ‘Isamu Noguchi: Sculpting the World’ at , Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. The exhibition chr...
06/30/2023

These are the final days to view ‘Isamu Noguchi: Sculpting the World’ at , Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. The exhibition chronicles Isamu Noguchi’s accomplishments in sculpture, theatre, design, and public works, through a presentation of over 250 works. 
‘Isamu Noguchi: Sculpting the World’ is the last stop on the European touring retrospective and the first major retrospective for Isamu Noguchi in France. Thank you so much to everyone who visited!

On view at through July 2.
Learn more: musee-lam.fr/fr/isamu-noguchi
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Installation view, ‘Isamu Noguchi, sculpting the world,’ LaM – Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France), March 15 – July 2, 2023. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS. Photo: F. Iovino
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“I want sculpture equal to myself walking​.” Isamu Noguchi​Isamu Noguchi’s galvanized steel ​editions are on view in Lon...
06/28/2023

“I want sculpture equal to myself walking​.” Isamu Noguchi​

Isamu Noguchi’s galvanized steel ​editions are on view in London’s Square Mile for the 12th edition of Sculpture in the City. The presentation of 18 ​works by​ artists across geographies and ​generations of contemporary sculpture​ appears within London’s urban landscape and among its cultural landmarks through Spring 2024. Discover Noguchi’s works ‘Duo,’ ‘Rain Mountain,’ and ‘Neo-Lithic’ alongside St. Helen’s Churchyard.

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Image:​ ​Isamu Noguchi, ‘Duo,’ ‘Rain Mountain,’ ‘Neo-Lithic,’ 1982–83. Hot-dipped galvanized steel. Courtesy of . Photo © Nick Turpin / . ©​ ​​The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / ARS–​DACS​
​Quote​: Isamu Noguchi, “[Untitled Artist Statement],” c. 1959, unpublished, Stable Gallery records, 1916–99, bulk 1953–70. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

“It is a world of great symbols, the place of experience, the Dark Meadow of Ate, the meadow of choice, the passage to a...
06/23/2023

“It is a world of great symbols, the place of experience, the Dark Meadow of Ate, the meadow of choice, the passage to another area of life.” – Martha Graham
“The stage is a hypothetical per­fect space. Not merely space, but a space of life. Life is taking place in all its drama. My objects have a life there.” – Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi and Martha Graham bonded over a shared interest in the personal and worldly mythologies of life and the mind. Their collaboration for Graham’s ballet ‘Dark Meadow’ (1946), one of over 20 collaborative efforts by the two artists, imagined a journey of self-awakening as dancers frolicked through the Meadow of Ate–goddess of mischief, blind folly, and rash action–as a possible allusion to our mortal world.

The set design Noguchi created for ‘Dark Meadow’, includes multi-colored, fetish-like objects that offered continuity and scale to the geography of Graham’s dance, effectively serving as a primordial mindscape for Graham’s narrative.

In Noguchi’s words: “It was my homage to Mexico. I made four primordial shapes to define space and as counterpoint to action. They are not stones, but serve the same purpose of suggesting the continuity of time. They move and the world moves.”

Isamu Noguchi’s set design for ‘Dark Meadow’ and the full archival film of the performance are on view as part of ‘Isamu Noguchi: This Earth, This Passage’ at White Cube Mason’s Yard until July 1, 2023.

Learn more: https://www.whitecube.com/gallery-exhibitions/isamu-noguchi-masons-yard
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Quotes:
[1] Martha Graham Program notes for ‘Dark Meadow,’ 1946.
[2] Isamu Noguchi in ‘Art Voices, Noguchi the Sculptor, acclaimed for stage settings and ballets,’ 1962. The Noguchi Museum Archives, BM_OS_0269_1962_original_1.
[3] Isamu Noguchi in Tracy, Robert. Spaces of the Mind: Isamu Noguchi's Dance Designs. New York: Proscenium Publishers, 2001.The Noguchi Museum Archives, B_REF_1429_2001.
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Performance image of Dark Meadow, 1946. Photo: Arnold Eagle. The Noguchi Museum Archive, 06120.
Performance image of Dark Meadow, 1946. The Noguchi Museum Archive, 06121.
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Isamu Noguchi, ‘Set design for Dark Meadow,’ 1946. Courtesy of . ©INFGM / ARS

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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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