Leonie Gilmour, in long white dress, and a Japanese instructor in short white robe and bare feet...
Léonie Gilmour in Japan practicing archery with an instructor, 1916. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 06001. ©INFGM / ARS
Online, Talk

Archives Deep Dive: Léonie Gilmour, A Fiercely Independent Life

Thursday, September 24, 2020
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 (1873–1933), Isamu Noguchi’s mother. Drawing on recently digitized archival sources, including correspondence and unpublished manuscripts, Zhang will offer a portrait of the fiercely independent life of Gilmour while tracing the profound influence she had on her son.

The lecture will last approximately 30 minutes, with time afterwards for questions and comments. Live closed captioning is provided. Program times listed are EDT (Eastern Daylight Time). Please send any questions to events@noguchi.org.

Lisa Yin Zhang is an artist, art historian, and writer from Queens, New York. A graduate of Williams College, Lisa was a curatorial intern at the Noguchi Museum from January to April 2020, and has held positions at the Museum of Chinese in America, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum.

This talk has been made possible through major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.