Public Programs Archive

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View our archive of past public programs.

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Free First Friday - Extended Summer Hours
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month year-round, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm.

 

Extended Summer First Friday hours begin this month, with free gallery talks, and a cash bar and drinks in the garden in the evening.

 

At 7 pm, please join us for Center of Attention, an hour-long conversation around a single work of art. In this installment of the series, we will discuss Tom Sachs' Stupa, 2013.

 

Photo: Katherine Abbott.

Free First Friday
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2:00pm.

 

Photo: Katherine Abbott

Artists at Noguchi | Sarah Cahill Performs Mamoru Fujieda's Patterns of Plants
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:00am - Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

For one week in February, the chill and grey skies of winter will dissipate for visitors to The Noguchi Museum’s ground-floor galleries, where internationally celebrated pianist Sarah Cahill will take up residence, performing Mamoru Fujieda’s stunning cycle of short pieces titled Patterns of Plants throughout the Museum’s opening hours.

 

A masterpiece by one of the leading postminimalist composers, Patterns of Plants (1996–2011) represents an extraordinary fusion of nature and technology. To create the piece, Fujieda measured the electrical impulses on the leaves of plants using the "Plantron," a device created by botanist/artist Yuji Dogane, and converted the data he obtained into sound with Max, a visual programming language used for music and multimedia. He then identified musical patterns within the sound, and used them as the basis for these miniatures.

 

Both captivating and profound, Patterns of Plants has been arranged for different instruments and ensembles. In 2014, Cahill made the first solo piano recording of it to be available outside of Japan, released on the Pinna Records label.

 

Photo: Christine Alicino

Free First Friday
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2:00pm.

 

Photo: Katherine Abbott

Free First Friday
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2:00pm.

As January's first Friday falls on a holiday when the Museum is closed, Free First Friday will take place on Friday, January 8.

 

Photo: Katherine Abbott

Noguchi Talks | "The Story of the Stones: A Record of Obsession in Four Vignettes" with Joseph Scheier-Dolberg
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

This fall, as part of Museum of Stones, we have turned The Noguchi Museum's floating galleries (Areas 9/10) into a microcosmic outpost of the Asian Art Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This has been possible thanks to the support of Maxwell Hearn, Chairman of the Department of Asian Art, and our collaboration with Joseph Scheier-Dolberg, Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Join Joe for a walk-through of this installation of rock-related masterpieces of Chinese Art--including a spectacular selection of scholars' rocks--from the Met's peerless collection. Joe will be presenting a short, walking version of his exhibition catalogue essay "The Story of the Stones: A Record of Obsession in Four Vignettes," a brilliantly engaging survey of Chinese petromania (rock madness) over the last 1,000 years.

Noguchi Talks | Another Land: Noguchi and Imaging Space in the Anthropocene with Leah Raintree
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

In a collaborative program between The Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park, artist Leah Raintree discusses her photographic series Another Land, a body of work that takes as its point of departure a 1968 sculpture of the same name by Isamu Noguchi. During the summer of 2015, Raintree responded to Noguchi's sculptural works in stone with a site-specific installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, followed by a series of photographs in reaction to the Museum's collection, treating Noguchi works as distant celestial objects. In her talk, Raintree will consider the evolution of space-imaging technology alongside increased understanding of human impact on the earth and how these lines of inquiry influence artistic production.

 

The talk will be followed by a viewing of Another Land at Socrates Sculpture Park, part of the Emerging Artist Fellowship (EAF) Exhibition 2015.

 

Image: Leah Raintree, Another Land: The Roar, 2015.

Noguchi Talks | Poet Kay Ryan reading from her new Book 'Erratic Facts' and talking about rocks
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

'Erratic' is a geological term of art for boulders carried and deposited by glaciers--in manners and places so surprising as to have helped give rise to science itself. Kay Ryan's erratic facts, it may follow, are not stray pieces of trivia but displaced chunks of reality: momentous mysteries, with a rock-like solidity, capable of inspiring a sublimely productive wonder.

 

Kay Ryan is a former United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner who lives and writes in Northern California.

 

Her reading at The Noguchi Museum is being co-presented with the James Merrill House.

 

Please note that doors will open at 5:45pm for this event. The Museum will be closed during the day (for the Museum's regular hours, please see our Visitor Information page).

 

Image courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Special Performance | Japanese Music Ensemble
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Under the direction of Curtis Patterson, the YIS High School Japanese Music Ensemble returns to the Noguchi Museum for two special performances in the galleries. Performances will include a selection of four contrasting late 20th century ensemble works for koto and bass koto.

Special Performance | Yokohama International School Japanese Music Ensemble
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Under the direction of Curtis Patterson, the YIS High School Japanese Music Ensemble returns to the Noguchi Museum for two special performances in the galleries. Performances will include a selection of four contrasting late 20th century ensemble works for koto and bass koto.