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

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. 

Organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) in collaboration with The Noguchi Museum, Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 was made possible with a collection of ink-and-brush drawings by both artists. Many of the works in this exhibition were donated to UMMA in 1949 by Sotokichi Katsuizumi, who introduced Noguchi and Qi Baishi to one another in 1930.

This January, Amy Hau and Alexandra Snyder May will, through conversation, speak on the development of Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930