Noguchi Talks | Tour of the Museum with Architect Claire Weisz

Noguchi Talks | Tour of the Museum with Architect Claire Weisz

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:32am
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Claire Weisz’ firm, WXY Architecture, is currently helping The Noguchi Museum conceive and plan a hurricane-resistant archive and storage building. WXY’s recent renovation of The Drawing Center in Soho is that rarest of museum building projects: a right-sized makeover that is understated, restrained, and transformational. It should be required study for any board of trustees thinking about reworking their facilities.

Noguchi Talks | Tour of the Museum with Sculptor Rona Pondick

Noguchi Talks | Tour of the Museum with Sculptor Rona Pondick

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 1:00pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Artist Rona Pondick will lead a tour of the Museum, lending her unique perspective to the experience of seeing Noguchi's work. A New York City native and long-time Noguchi Museum visitor, sculptor Rona Pondick is among a select band of contemporary artists with the eye, hands, and imagination to practice what Michelangelo called disegno (total design). She is able, in other words, to make what she envisions.

 

Noguchi Talks | Beginnings

Noguchi Talks | Beginnings

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 3:00pm
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Often referred to as his greatest work of art, Isamu Noguchi opened The Noguchi Museum to the public in 1985 and it remains the first museum in the country founded by an artist during his lifetime and dedicated to his own work. The Museum is comprised of two floors of gallery space and an outdoor sculpture garden.

Noguchi Talks | How Sculpture Collapses Time

Noguchi Talks | How Sculpture Collapses Time

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 3:00pm
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

If painting is culture, sculpture is civilization. Which is to say sculptors tend to think big and have long time horizons. Even today sculptors remain engaged with the same millennia's worth of milestones: Cycladic idols, the Easter Island heads, Egyptian anatomy, Michelangelo’s Slaves. Noguchi once told an interviewer "The older things are, the better I like them." On the other hand, as an early technological utopian and a born engineer, Noguchi believed that ingenuity and invention would eventually unite the planet in peace and prosperity.

Visions of Tomorrow: Art and Commerce at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Visions of Tomorrow: Art and Commerce at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 3:00pm
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Early on in the planning process for the 1939/1940 World's Fair, the potential existed for Noguchi to be involved in the Fair in three different ways that are emblematic of his flexibility, values, and interests. First he applied as an independent artist to produce sculpture for the Fair's public areas. The selection committee asked him to supply additional materials, but in the end he was not chosen. In the wake of that rejection, however, he requested a list of corporations planning pavilions which is how he ended up building a fountain for Ford Motor Company.

Noguchi's Search for Style

Noguchi's Search for Style

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 3:00pm
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, and Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of The Noguchi Museum, will discuss how and why drawing is fundamental to establishing the faculty Michelangelo called disegno (design): the ability to coordinate the hand, the eye, and the brain in service of the artistic imagination. They will be looking at drawings in the exhibition Noguchi's Early Drawings in order to parse how Noguchi's serial imitations of canonical Modernist approaches to abstracting the human figure helped him develop the values and strategies that became his style. 

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