Mission & Vision



To advance the understanding and appreciation of Isamu Noguchi's art and legacy.


The broad scope of Isamu Noguchi’s artistic interests and his creation of a Museum devoted to encouraging the enjoyment and contemplation of these same interests provides us with the challenge to protect and further the legacy of his vision. Our efforts will continue to reflect this vision and will extend it into the future.

The intimacy of Noguchi’s design of the Museum is a fundamental and exceptional part of the visitor experience. The importance of maintaining the character of The Noguchi Museum, even as we grow in programming capacity and in public recognition, cannot be overemphasized.

The Museum will remain a place for the exploration of individual artistic endeavor and creative collaboration through exposure to Noguchi’s wide-ranging practice. To this end, through an active exhibition and public programming schedule, coupled with ongoing education and research projects, the Museum will continue to underscore the influence and impact of Noguchi, and will position his work in dialogue with contemporary culture.

The Museum will strengthen organizational structure and governance, will build upon the affection, engagement, and knowledge of its constituents, will identify and cultivate increased income sources, will upgrade the Museum's facilities and technology systems, and will sustain the high quality of its programming for current and future generations.

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The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, Dormitory Authority of New York State, New York Council for the Humanities, New York State Assembly, and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of numerous individual donors, as well as support from the 42nd Street Fund, Affirmation Arts Fund, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Florence V. Burden Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Con Edison, The Ford Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, New York Community Trust, TransCanada Corporation, United States-Japan Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and an Anonymous donor.