Noguchi as Photographer: The Jantar Mantars of Northern India

Noguchi as Photographer: The Jantar Mantars of Northern India

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 12:00am - Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 12:00am

As part of his extended tour to investigate people's daily interaction with civic spaces and sacred sites throughout Europe, Asia, and the Far East, Isamu Noguchi first traveled to Northern India in 1949. Camera in hand, Noguchi discovered the eighteenth-century astronomical observatories in Delhi and Jaipur. Known as Jantar Mantar (translating loosely to "instruments and formulae"), these open-air campuses were comprised of astronomical instruments built on a grand architectural scale.

Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder: Designing the World of Tomorrow

Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder: Designing the World of Tomorrow

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - Sunday, January 4, 2015
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:00am - Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 12:00am

The proverb "necessity is the mother of invention" comes to mind with regard to Isamu Noguchi's involvement in industrial design beginning in the 1930s. Noguchi's efforts as a designer--he even started a business called Time Design offering a dizzying array of services--were motivated by many factors. His friend, "design scientist" R. Buckminster Fuller, brought an irresistible, missionary zeal to engineering and collaboration with American industry.

Noguchi- Pratt Fashion: What Inspires

Noguchi- Pratt Fashion: What Inspires

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Sunday, February 23, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 12:00am - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 12:00am

In the fall of 2013, juniors in the Fashion Department at Pratt were introduced to Isamu Noguchi's collaborations with the avant-garde dancer/choreographer Ruth Page, for whom he created two royal blue, wool jersey sack dresses in 1932 to pose and dance in: wearable artworks that transformed her into a piece of kinetic sculpture. Still in the process of learning how to turn their interests into invention, the students then spent time at The Noguchi Museum in search of inspiration.

Highlights from the Collection: Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern

Highlights from the Collection: Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - Sunday, January 11, 2015
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:00am - Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 12:00am

The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the deep sense of belonging he derived from working with billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.

Noguchi's Early Drawings: 1927-1932

Noguchi's Early Drawings: 1927-1932

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - Sunday, May 25, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:00am - Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 12:00am

Reflecting in 1973 on his formative years as an artist, Noguchi remarked "I seem to have lost my facility but I was facile at drawing. I could do anything. It was easy for me." Noguchi's Early Drawings bears out this confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi. His search for style is brought into sharp focus by being restricted to the subject he returned to most often: the female nude.

Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page

Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Sunday, January 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page was developed in a collaboration between The Noguchi Museum and The Ruth Page Foundation, building on a group of drawings Noguchi made of the great American avant-garde dancer and choreographer Ruth Page posing in a sack dress he designed in 1933 to transform her into a dynamic embodiment of his sculpture Miss Expanding Universe (1932).

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