Talks

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Leonie Gilmour, in long white dress, and a Japanese instructor in short white robe and bare feet...

Archives Deep Dive: Léonie Gilmour, A Fiercely Independent Life

1 pm-2 pm
Lisa Yin Zhang, former Curatorial Intern, will present new research on the life, work, and intellectual world of writer and translator Léonie Gilmour (1874–1933), Isamu Noguchi’s mother.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Isamu Noguchi smiles while talking on the telephone, in front of a pegboard displaying a kite,...

Archives Deep Dive: Noguchi’s Personal Collection

1 pm-2 pm
Kate Wiener, Assistant Curator, will lead a presentation on selected objects from Isamu Noguchi’s collectibles — his personal collection of objects ranging from musical instruments to ancient artifacts from around the world.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

A woman carries water jugs in front of the domed temple complex at Angkor Wat

Archives Deep Dive: Noguchi’s Bollingen Journey, 1949-50

1 pm-2 pm
Matthew Kirsch, Curator of Research and Digital Content, will present Isamu Noguchi’s photographs from his travels throughout Europe and Asia in 1949–50.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Isamu Noguchi stands on a ladder beside 24' tall plaster relief sculpture 'News' depicting reporters...

Isamu Noguchi Catalogue Raisonné: Public Competitions in the 1930s

1 pm-2 pm
Alex Ross, Managing Editor, The Isamu Noguchi Catalogue Raisonné, will lead a discussion on the public art competitions that Isamu Noguchi participated in during the 1930s.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Totemic sculpture constructed of interlocking steel plates stands against a sunlit wall casting...

Archives Deep Dive: ‘A New Nature’: Noguchi’s Galvanized Steel Editions for Gemini G.E.L.

1 pm-2 pm
Dakin Hart, Senior Curator, will lead an in-depth look at the 26 galvanized steel editions that Isamu Noguchi made for Gemini G.E.L. in the early 1980s — one of Noguchi’s largest and least understood bodies of work.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Bronze portrait head of Gladys Bentley, with closed eyes

Archives Deep Dive: Noguchi in Harlem

8 pm-9 pm
In his mid-twenties, Isamu Noguchi was a regular patron at Harlem clubs and speakeasies where he mingled with prominent African American artists and performers. A portrait bust of Gladys Bentley, a female drag performer (1929), and a sculpture titled Black Boy (c. 1934) were among Noguchi’s works created during this period. Join a Noguchi Museum Educator in an interactive virtual learning program exploring these early works, and consider questions of cultural appreciation and appropriation.

Friday, March 6, 2020

An educator leads a tour for adults in the Noguchi Museum garden

日本語ツアー (Public Tour in Japanese)

1 pm-2 pm
第一金曜日には日本語ツアーを提供いたします

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Dancers performing with rocking chair-like training device by Brendan Fernandes

Brendan Fernandes: Contract and Release | Special Tour and Closing Performance

4 pm-5:30 pm
To mark the closing weekend of Contract and Release, artist Brendan Fernandes and Senior Curator Dakin Hart lead an exhibition tour followed by a final performance featuring the full cast of six dancers.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Plaster model with tall column element, short bird-like element, and human figure for scale

Center of Attention: Composition for Arrivals Building, Idlewild Airport

3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Join a discussion focused on Isamu Noguchi’s Composition for Arrivals Building, Idlewild Airport, 1956.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Training device by Brendan Fernandes, an abstract wooden rocking chair inspired by Isamu Noguchi’s...

Center of Attention: Brendan Fernandes: Contract and Release

3 pm-4 pm
Join a museum educator in the galleries and discuss the Brendan Fernandes: Contract and Release performance as it takes place.