Highlights from the Collection: Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern

Highlights from the Collection: Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - Sunday, January 11, 2015
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:00am - Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 12:00am

The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the deep sense of belonging he derived from working with billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.

Noguchi's Early Drawings: 1927-1932

Noguchi's Early Drawings: 1927-1932

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - Sunday, May 25, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:00am - Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 12:00am

Reflecting in 1973 on his formative years as an artist, Noguchi remarked "I seem to have lost my facility but I was facile at drawing. I could do anything. It was easy for me." Noguchi's Early Drawings bears out this confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi. His search for style is brought into sharp focus by being restricted to the subject he returned to most often: the female nude.

Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page

Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Sunday, January 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page was developed in a collaboration between The Noguchi Museum and The Ruth Page Foundation, building on a group of drawings Noguchi made of the great American avant-garde dancer and choreographer Ruth Page posing in a sack dress he designed in 1933 to transform her into a dynamic embodiment of his sculpture Miss Expanding Universe (1932).

Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930

Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Sunday, January 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 12:00am

While en route to Japan for his first time since childhood, Isamu Noguchi paid an unexpected visit to Beijing (then called Peking) from July 1930 to January 1931. A fateful encounter with a Japanese businessman and art collector, Sotokichi Katsuizumi (1889-1985), exposed the young artist to Katsuizumi's small collection of scrolls by the poet, seal carver, and traditional ink painting master Qi Biashi (1864-1957). Noguchi was entranced by what he saw, and asked to be introduced to Qi Baishi whom he observed and studied with. 

Area 5: Cut and Fold

Area 5: Cut and Fold

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 12:00am - Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 12:00am

Noguchi's spatial intelligence (his ability to visualize in three dimensions) was extraordinary. He was capable not only of constructing an object composed of many elements in his mind, but rotating it on three axes and placing it in an environment. We live in an age when the wide availability of sophisticated imaging programs has made this ability seem somewhat less exceptional - making it hard to appreciate the difficulties involved in moving an idea from the mind's eye to realization at full scale with graph paper, hand tools and the occasional help of a friend or assistant.

Highlights from the Collection: Recent Acquisitions

Highlights from the Collection: Recent Acquisitions

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - Sunday, September 1, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 12:00am

These pieces come from two major Japanese collections. Highlighted by the stunning "Love of Two Boards" is a major gift of works from Noguchi's friend and collaborator, Tsutomu Hiroi, a famous kite-maker who helped Noguchi develop his Akari light sculptures. The other group comes from the family of an assistant of Noguchi's and features a small centipede which relates to his "Even the Centipede," the great masterpiece of his work in clay, now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. 

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