The O'Gormans dining al freco at Casa Cueva (Casa O'Gorman)

In Praise of Caves:
Organic Architecture Projects from Mexico by Carlos Lazo, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O’Gorman, and Javier Senosiain

October 19, 2022 – February 26, 2023

In Praise of Caves: Organic Architecture Projects from Mexico by Carlos Lazo, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O’Gorman, and Javier Senosiain is an exhibition spanning multiple galleries on the Museum’s first floor. It combines a selection of projects by these four artist–architects that explore the adaptation of natural structures to modern living, the practical and environmental benefits of moving underground, and how humanity might reconnect with the essential happiness of living in concert with nature. Under the broad rubric of organic architecture, these projects and site-specific installations reflect a coherent alternative paradigm for approaching the relationship between the human-made and natural environments that was developed in the middle of the twentieth century. As the climate crisis accelerates, along with other terrifying signs that we have fundamentally and perhaps irreparably broken our relationship with nature, these visions have never been more relevant.

Together with the ongoing exhibition Noguchi Subscapes, these projects will temporarily turn The Noguchi Museum into a subterranean environment as a metaphor for contemplating and perhaps reassessing our place in the world. 

  • Carlos Lazo, La Casa-Cueva de la Era Atómica, c. 1948

In Praise of Caves is organized by Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of The Noguchi Museum, with exhibition consultant Ricardo Suárez Haro, whose idea it was to make an exhibition about organic architecture with these artist-architects. Special thanks to Javier Senosiain and his firm Arquitectura Orgánica, who are principally responsible for making it possible to do so.


Exhibitions at The Noguchi Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.