Gifted a Leica camera by photographer Milton H. Greene in exchange for designs.
Sublets his MacDougal Alley studio to Burr Miller, who in turn sublets his own studio across the hall to Herbert Matter.
Herman Miller begins manufacturing Noguchi’s Rudder Dinette Table and Chairs, and Free-form Sofa and Ottoman.
Noguchi’s first solo gallery exhibition in New York since 1935 is held at the Charles Egan Gallery.
Awarded a travel fellowship from the Bollingen Foundation for his proposed book on environments of leisure, to be titled “The Study of Leisure.”
Begins his Bollingen-funded travels in Europe, touring sites in France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Greece; in Paris, visits Brancusi, Le Corbusier, Léger, Breton, and Giacometti; in Rome, meets Philip Guston at the American Academy; in Marseilles, visits the construction site of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation (completed 1952).
Attends Congrès internationaux d’architecture moderne (CIAM) in Bergamo, Italy, with Le Corbusier, Josep Lluís Sert, Roland Penrose, and Lee Miller.
August 17–September 3
Travels to Greece; visits the Acropolis and Delphi with guide Natalia Mela; visits Olympia, Daphni Monastery, and Epidaurus, Mycenae, and Knossos.
Travels to Cairo, Egypt, and visits Saqqara, Luxor, and Abydos. Meets the architect Hassan Fathy in Cairo.
Arrives in Bombay (Mumbai); stays with the Sarabhai family in Ahmedabad; flies to Madras (Chennai) where he stays with Uday Shankar (1900–1977); spends several weeks touring Tamil Nadu before departing for Sri Lanka, where he stays for ten days; returns to India and visits villages and sites in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka before returning to Bombay.
Tours caves and temples in Maharashtra; visits Sanchi; from Bombay, travels to Bengal and Orissa.
Tours Guwahati (Assam) and Shillong (Meghalaya); travels the Manipur Road to Nagaland and Manipur; returns to Bengal; visits Bodh Gaya at the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bihar; spends two weeks in New Delhi; works on a portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964); travels to Uttar Pradesh and visits the Taj Mahal; stops in Jaipur and visits the Elephanta Caves before returning to Ahmedabad, Bombay, and Madras (Chennai).
December 1949–January 1950
India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964), commissions a portrait at the end of Noguchi’s stay in India.