Benefit 2016


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2016 Spring Benefit and Isamu Noguchi Award

On May 10, 2016, The Noguchi Museum hosted its annual benefit and Isamu Noguchi Award presentation, honoring architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman. Proceeds from the evening support the Museum, its collection, exhibitions, and programs. Thank you so much to everyone who made this year's benefit a tremendous success.


Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa


Karen McDonald


Noreen Buckfire
Miki Kashiwagi
Susan Kessler
Hiroko Murase


  • Naomi Antonakas
  • Ate Atema
  • Andrew Augenblick and Alex Ross
  • Spencer Bailey
  • Kraige Block
  • Noreen and Kenneth Buckfire
  • Constance Casey
  • Lisa and Dick Cashin
  • Kitty and Guy de Chazal
  • Lloyd Constantine
  • Bonnie and Chris Covington 
  • Midori and Gerald Curtis
  • Nanci and Richard Czaja
  • Judy and Kim Davis
  • Susan Dunne
  • Donald H. Elliott
  • Christiane Fischer
  • Eileen and Andrew Fisher
  • Maxine and Stuart Frankel
  • Olivia Georgia and Stephen Oakes
  • Stephen Globus
  • Lisa Goldberg
  • Agnes Gund
  • Tiziana and Hugh Hardy
  • Andrea and David Holbrook
  • David Hughes
  • Eileen and Peter Jachym
  • Miki Kashiwagi and Tom Bingham
  • Noriko and Shigesuke Kashiwagi
  • Susan and Peter Kessler
  • Amit Khurana
  • Debra LaChance
  • Sal Lahoud
  • Lucy W. Lamphere
  • Patricia and Andrew Langer
  • Anki Leeds
  • David Libertson
  • Suzanne G. Lindsay
  • Jonathan J. Marvel
  • Karen McDonald
  • DeCourcy McIntosh
  • Kathy and Joe Mele
  • Steven L. Merrill
  • Toshiko Mori and Jamie Carpenter
  • Elizabeth P. Munson
  • Hiroko and Satoru Murase
  • Jennifer and Malcolm Nolen
  • Beth O'Neill and Chris McVoy
  • Katie and Peter O’Neill
  • Jennifer Ortega and Curtis McGraw Webster
  • James and Mary Ottaway
  • Louise Parent and John Casaly
  • David and Susan Rockefeller
  • Leslie and Charles Rousell
  • Donna and Benjamin Rosen
  • Beth and Samuel Sachs II
  • Nobuko and Motoatsu Sakurai
  • Nicholas J. Sands
  • Eric C. Shiner
  • Judith and Turner Smith
  • On Sohn and Ren Yamagata
  • Maria and Bill Spears
  • Sundaram Tagore
  • Michael Tavani
  • Missie Rennie Taylor
  • Eugene Thaw
  • Cornelia and Erik Thomsen
  • Spencer Throckmorton
  • Jane Timken
  • Will Tomita
  • George Tsandikos
  • Billie Tsien and Tod Williams
  • Barbara van Beuren and Stephen Glascock
  • Maria Vecchiotti
  • Carol Warner and Ned Cooke
  • Claire Weisz
  • Anthony Williams
  • Elizabeth Ross Wingate
  • Kulapat Yantrasast


  • Cahill Partners LLP
  • Dell Inc.
  • DeWitt Stern Group, Inc.
  • Gagosian Gallery
  • Grounds For Sculpture
  • ITO EN (North America) Inc.
  • Kaufman Astoria Studios
  • Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
  • Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
  • MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group)
  • Pace Gallery
  • Plaza Construction
  • Rockefeller & Co.
  • Silvercup Studios
  • SMBC Global Foundation, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Corporation of Americas Foundation
  • Toray International America Inc.


2016 Honorees


Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando’s minimalist approach, sensitivity to light, and incorporation of natural elements into his projects, in addition to his fusion of Eastern and Western architecture, are all principles that Noguchi embraced throughout his career. Highly regarded for his unparalleled work with concrete and his creative use of natural light, Ando is known for structures that follow natural forms of the landscape. Like Noguchi’s sculpture, which gave equal importance to the object and the space it inhabited, Ando’s work harmoniously integrates edifice and environment, while interior and exterior are intimately connected through his incorporation of water, light, wind, sky, and landscape into his building designs. Ando learned his first lessons by studying traditional Japanese architecture before learning about modern Western architecture, including the buildings of Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Kahn. The inspiration he drew from these experiences is evident throughout his work which, much like the museum that Noguchi designed, often provide sanctuary from the clamor of daily life.


Elyn Zimmerman

Elyn Zimmerman also shares with Noguchi a sensitivity to atmosphere and the incorporation of natural elements into the design of her projects—from public plazas to sculpture gardens on a grand scale. Zimmerman started her career as a painter and photographer, captivated by the ephemeral notion of light and space. A trip to India inspired her to create outdoor works, and her first significant public installation was for the National Geographic Society, in 1980. Like Noguchi, Zimmerman is best known for her use of stone, often in association with water and landscape elements. Her deep appreciation for the emotional resonance of stone and the ways it interacts with the environment has translated into her public and private commissions, which often feature monoliths or channels of rough and polished stone. Like Noguchi, she is a global citizen, and undertakes collaborations around the world.

Thank you to everyone who made our 2015 Benefit great!