Travel drawing by Isamu Noguchi of musicians seated on floor
Isamu Noguchi, Bollingen Drawing, c. 1949–50. Ink on paper. ©INFGM / ARS
Members, Online, Workshop

Members’ Talk and Art-Making Workshop: Isamu Noguchi’s Bollingen Journey

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
5:30 pm–7 pm

Traveling—which many of us have missed during this past year—was essential to Isamu Noguchi’s life and work. Current members are invited to join us for a talk led by Matthew Kirsch, Curator of Research and Digital Content, to learn about Noguchi’s travels through Europe and Asia between 1949–50. Funded by a travel grant from the Bollingen Foundation, Noguchi set out “to investigate the conditions and the extent to which art had been employed to create the environment of leisure in the past and in the present.” This talk will focus on the drawings that Noguchi made to document the sculpture, sites, and people that he encountered.

Then, learn introductory drawing techniques with educator Luned Palmer, and draw from a photograph to illustrate a scene from one of your travels. We will end with a group reflection sharing our drawings.

Materials to bring: A travel photograph, drawing pencils, an eraser, and paper. Previous drawing experience is not necessary. All members are welcome to join.

Registrants will be sent a link to participate through Zoom. Participants should have access to a computer, smart phone, or tablet with a microphone and internet access. RSVP to