Isamu Noguchi, Paris Abstraction
Isamu Noguchi, Paris Abstraction, 1928. Gouache on paper. ©INFGM / ARS
Members, Online, Workshop

Members’ Talk and Art-Making Workshop: Isamu Noguchi’s Paris Abstractions

Thursday, June 17, 2021
5:30 pm–7 pm

Soon after his arrival in Paris in 1927, an encounter with a writer at the Café Flore led to Isamu Noguchi’s “divine and inevitable” introduction to sculptor Constantin Brancusi. After six months of observing Brancusi at work as his assistant, Noguchi began making his own abstract drawings (later called Paris Abstractions) using gouache on paper. Join us for a lecture led by Matthew Kirsch, Curator of Research and Digital Content, and learn about this consequential period. Then, experiment with drawing techniques with educator Luned Palmer and design your own abstractions. We will end with a group reflection sharing our drawings.

Materials to bring to the program: drawing pencils, an eraser, papers, and scissors. 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