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. 

Noguchi Talks | Conservation Case Studies

Noguchi Talks | Conservation Case Studies

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

In conversation with The Noguchi Museum’s curators, collection manager, and researchers, Leslie Gat, Principle Objects Conservator of Art Conservation Group, will present a combination of pending, in progress, and recently completed conservation and reconstruction projects.

 

 

Objects will be present for the discussion including:

 
Portrait bust of Molly Boocock Leavitt, 1936

Two maquettes for
Monument to Heroes, 1943, 1978 (unexecuted)

Building an Exhibition: Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930

Building an Exhibition: Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 3:00pm
Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Former Assistant Director of The Noguchi Museum from 1985 to 1990, Alexandra Snyder May was introduced to the work of Isamu Noguchi through her grandfather, R. Buckminster Fuller. Her appreciation for Noguchi's Peking Scroll Drawings formed early with the memory of a Noguchi scroll hanging in her grandparent's geodesic dome-home in Carbondale, Illinois. She has been an important curatorial consultant throughout the exhibition's planning process. 

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