Woodstock Artists’ Colony: Noguchi and Japanese-American Artists

Woodstock Artists’ Colony: Noguchi and Japanese-American Artists

Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 3:00pm
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 3:00pm

Tom Wolf, Professor of Art History at Bard College, discusses a group of Japanese artists, including Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and their influence on Isamu Noguchi’s early work. Many of these artists—who were somewhat older than Noguchi—spent their summers in Woodstock, New York, where the latter also spent time and where he created one of his major early sculptures, Death (Lynched Figure), of 1934.

The Company He Kept

The Company He Kept

Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 3:00pm
Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 3:00pm

Guest curator Amy Wolf will discuss the women artists who befriended, collaborated and supported Noguchi early in his career.  Wolf will highlight the accomplishments of Marion Greenwood, Frida Kahlo, Ruth Page and Yuriko, widely admired in their time as a mural artist, a painter of self-portraits and a dancers/choreographers, respectively.  While these women were important to Noguchi personally, they also provided models of independence and ambition seeking out opportunities for themselves and their work in the early 20th century. 

From Documents to Pictures: The Making of a Children's Book

From Documents to Pictures: The Making of a Children's Book

Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 3:00pm
Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 3:00pm

Ballet for Martha: Making of Appalachian Spring tells the story of the collaboration among Isamu Noguchi, composer Aaron Copeland, and choreographer/dancer Martha Graham to create the iconic ballet Appalachian Spring. In this special program—intended for adults—co-author (with Jan Greenberg) Sandra Jordan, editor Neal Porter, and illustrator Brian Floca will introduce their acclaimed book and discuss their own collaborative effort to make Noguchi's, Graham's, and Copland's art accessible to a young audience.

In Consideration of Becoming an Artist

In Consideration of Becoming an Artist

Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 6:30pm
Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 3:30pm

The exhibition, On Becoming an Artist: Isamu Noguchi and His Contemporaries, 1922-1960 brings together primary source material in multiple formats. In a panel discussion moderated by independent curator and writer, Patterson Sims, panelists John Smith, Barbara Haskell and Joan Washburn will address the issues of research and the vital yet complex role that archives play in the development of an exhibition. The broader role of friendships and interconnected relationships, especially at the beginning of an artist’s career, will also be explored.

The Geology of Sculpture

The Geology of Sculpture

Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 5:00pm
Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 3:00pm

Geologist Sidney Horenstein will lead a tour of the Museum considering the artwork through an unusual lens: the basalt, obsidian, granite, marble, and other stones that serve as the medium of so much of Noguchi’s work. Sidney Horenstein is Environmental Educator Emeritus at American Museum of Natural History, and leads occasional geologic tours of areas of New York City, including Long Island City.

Tristan Perich

Tristan Perich

Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 5:00pm
Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 3:00pm

New York-based Tristan Perich is inspired by the aesthetics of mathematics and physics, and works with simple forms and complex systems. Mr. Perich’s works have been performed internationally by ensembles including Bang on a Can, Calder Quartet, and Meehan/Perkins, at such diverse venues as the MoMA P.S.1, Merkin Hall, and Joe’s Pub in New York City; Los Angeles’ Zipper Hall; and Lentos, in Austria, among others.

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