Benefit 2017


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2017 Spring Benefit and Isamu Noguchi Award

The Noguchi Museum held its annual Spring Benefit on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, honoring architectural designer John Pawson and artist Hiroshi Senju, recipients of this year’s Isamu Noguchi Award, given to individuals who share Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and commitment to East/West cultural exchange.

The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Museum's sculpture garden and ground-floor galleries, where the exhibition Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum is currently on view. Presentation of the Isamu Noguchi Award by Ambassador Koro Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations and Representative of Japan to the Security Council, took place in the garden. Dinner was then served in the Museum’s second-floor galleries, where there was also a silent auction of works including Noguchi’s metal sculpture Sky Above (1988); two Leah Raintree photographs—Another Land: Sun at Noon (2016) and Another Land: Emanation (2016)—both of which were on view in the Museum’s 2016 exhibition Another Land: After Noguchi; and Robert Stadler’s ashlar PDT (bench) (2015).

Proceeds from the annual spring gala and silent auction benefit The Noguchi Museum and its programs. Thank you so much to everyone who made this year's benefit a great success.


Ambassador Koro Bessho
Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations


Spencer Bailey
Hiroko Murase
Eric Shiner


  • E. B. Alexander
  • Naomi S. Antonakos
  • Ate Atema
  • Yigal Azröuel
  • Brownell Bailey
  • Spencer Bailey
  • Jane Borthwick and John Beeson
  • Noreen and Ken Buckfire
  • Alejandro Carosso
  • Mariana Cook
  • Nanci L. and Richard F. Czaja
  • Peggy and Dick Danziger
  • DeWitt Stern
  • Jenny Dixon
  • Susan Dunne
  • Donald H. Elliott
  • Peter and Anne-Marie Embiricos
  • Christiane Fischer
  • Eileen and Andrew Fisher
  • Maxine and Stuart Frankel
  • Olivia George
  • Stephanie Goto
  • Andrea and David Holbrook
  • ITO EN (North America) Inc.
  • J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce
       and Industry of New York
  • Eileen and Peter Jachym
  • Ryunosuke Kasahara, Gallery Kasahara
  • Miki Kashiwagi
  • Noriko Kashiwagi
  • Kaufman Astoria Studios
  • Susan and Peter Kessler
  • The Kitano Hotel New York
  • Lucy W. Lamphere
  • Patricia and Andrew Langer
  • Anki Leeds
  • Lexus
  • Jennifer and Steven Lorch
  • Maria Giulia Prezioso Maramotti
  • Jonathan J. Marvel
  • Xanda McCagg
  • Karen McDonald
  • Nion McEvoy
  • Kathy and Joe Mele
  • Steven L. Merrill
  • Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
  • Robert Moric
  • Cédric Morisset
  • Hiroko and Satoru Murase
  • Atsuko Murayama
  • Helen Nitkin
  • Jennifer and Malcolm Nolen
  • Jim and Mary Ottaway
  • Pace Gallery
  • Louise Parent and John Casaly
  • Russel and Julie Patterson
  • Paul Kasmin Gallery
  • Judy and Peter Price
  • Joel Rosenkranz, Conner-Rosenkranz NY
  • Alex Ross and Andy Augenblick
  • Elizabeth and Samuel Sachs II
  • Barbara G. Sahlman
  • Nicholas Sands
  • Phyllis Seevers
  • Jacqueline and Isaac Shapiro
  • Yoshiko and Paul Sheard
  • Eric Shiner
  • Ellen and Daniel Strickler
  • Stuart Match Suna, Silvercup Studios
  • Sundaram Tagore
  • Michael Tavani
  • Frederieke Taylor
  • Erik and Cornelia Thomsen
  • Jane Timken
  • Toray International America Inc.
  • Kazumi Yanai
  • Carol Warner
  • Ben Watson
  • Anthony Williams

2017 Honorees


John Pawson

John Pawson was born in 1949 in Yorkshire. After a period in the family textile business he left for Japan, spending several years teaching English at the University of Nagoya. Following his return to England, he enrolled at the Architectural Association in London, establishing his own practice in 1981.

Pawson has spent over thirty years making rigorously simple architecture that speaks of the fundamentals but is also modest in character. His body of work spans a broad range of scales and typologies, from private houses, sacred commissions, galleries, hotels, airport lounges, ballet sets, yacht interiors and a bridge across a lake. In 2016 he completed his first major public project – the interior remodeling of the former Commonwealth Institute building in London, an iconic example of post-war British Modernism, as the new permanent home of the Design Museum. From the outset his work has focused on ways of approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials – themes explored in his book Minimum, which examines the notion of simplicity in art, architecture and design.


Hiroshi Senju

Born in Tokyo in 1958, painter Hiroshi Senju is noted worldwide for his sublime waterfall and cliff images, which are often monumental in scale. He combines a minimalist visual language rooted in Abstract Expressionism with ancient painting techniques unique to Japan. Senju is widely recognized as one of the few contemporary masters of the thousand-year-old nihonga style of painting, using pigments made from minerals, ground stone, shell and corals suspended in animal-hide glue. Evoking a deep sense of calm, his waterfalls, which he creates with incredible delicacy by pouring paint onto mulberry paper on board, conjure not only the appearance of rushing water, but its sound, smell and feel.

Public installations include seventy-seven murals at Jukoin, a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, and a large waterfall at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Benesse Art Site of Naoshima Island also houses two large-scale installations. His work is in numerous collections, including the Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan; and Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo. The Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa opened in 2011 in Japan.

Thank you to everyone who made our 2016 Benefit great!