2016 Spring Benefit and Isamu Noguchi Award

May 10, 2016

On May 10, 2016, The Noguchi Museum hosted its annual benefit and Isamu Noguchi Award presentation, honoring architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman.  There was also a silent auction of seven works relating to the Museum’s artist collaborations that year. From The Noguchi Museum | A Portrait, two Tina Barney photographs—The Big Bang (2013) and The White Shirt (2014)—and four Stephen Shore photographs—Area 1, Noguchi Museum, Queens, New York, June 10, 2013 (2013), Area 9, Noguchi Museum, Queens, New York, June 25, 2013 [Ziggurat, c.1968] (2013); Area 2, Noguchi Museum, Queens, New York, July 23, 2013 [Thebes, 1982] (2013); and Area 2, Noguchi Museum, Queens, New York, November 8, 2013 [The Well (Variation on a Tsukubai)] (2013) were auctioned. A sculpture by Tom Sachs, Konichiwa (2014), edition 2 of 3, was also auctioned.

2016 Honorees

Tadao Ando
Photo: Kinji Kanno

Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando’s minimalist approach, sensitivity to light, and incorporation of natural elements into his projects, in addition to his fusion of Eastern and Western architecture, are all principles that Isamu Noguchi embraced throughout his career. Highly regarded for his unparalleled work with concrete and his creative use of natural light, Ando is known for structures that follow natural forms of the landscape. Like Noguchi’s sculpture, which gave equal importance to the object and the space it inhabited, Ando’s work harmoniously integrates edifice and environment, while interior and exterior are intimately connected through his incorporation of water, light, wind, sky, and landscape into his building designs. Ando learned his first lessons by studying traditional Japanese architecture before learning about modern Western architecture, including the buildings of Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Kahn. The inspiration he drew from these experiences is evident throughout his work which, much like the museum that Noguchi designed, often provide sanctuary from the clamor of daily life.


Elyn Zimmerman
Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Elyn Zimmerman

Elyn Zimmerman also shares with Isamu Noguchi a sensitivity to atmosphere and the incorporation of natural elements into the design of her projects—from public plazas to sculpture gardens on a grand scale. Zimmerman started her career as a painter and photographer, captivated by the ephemeral notion of light and space. A trip to India inspired her to create outdoor works, and her first significant public installation was for the National Geographic Society, in 1980. Like Noguchi, Zimmerman is best known for her use of stone, often in association with water and landscape elements. Her deep appreciation for the emotional resonance of stone and the ways it interacts with the environment has translated into her public and private commissions, which often feature monoliths or channels of rough and polished stone. Like Noguchi, she is a global citizen, and undertakes collaborations around the world.

Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
Karen McDonald
Noreen Buckfire
Miki Kashiwagi
Susan Kessler
Hiroko Murase
Naomi Antonakos
Ate Atema
Andrew Augenblick and Alex Ross
Spencer Bailey
Kraige Block
Noreen and Kenneth Buckfire
Cahill Partners LLP
Constance Casey
Lisa and Dick Cashin
Kitty and Guy de Chazal
Lloyd Constantine
Bonnie and Chris Covington
Midori and Gerald Curtis
Nanci and Richard Czaja
Judy and Kim Davis
Dell Inc.
DeWitt Stern Group, Inc.
Susan Dunne
Donald H. Elliott
Christiane Fischer
Eileen and Andrew Fisher
Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Gagosian Gallery
Olivia Georgia and Stephen Oakes
Stephen Globus
Lisa Goldberg
Grounds For Sculpture
Agnes Gund
Tiziana and Hugh Hardy
Andrea and David Holbrook
David Hughes
ITO EN (North America) Inc.
Eileen and Peter Jachym
Miki Kashiwagi and Tom Bingham
Noriko and Shigesuke Kashiwagi
Kaufman Astoria Studios
Susan and Peter Kessler
Amit Khurana
Debra LaChance
Sal Lahoud
Lucy W. Lamphere
Patricia and Andrew Langer
Anki Leeds
David Libertson
Suzanne G. Lindsay
Jonathan J. Marvel
Karen McDonald
DeCourcy McIntosh
Kathy and Joe Mele
Steven L. Merrill
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
Toshiko Mori and Jamie Carpenter
MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group)
Elizabeth P. Munson
Hiroko and Satoru Murase
Jennifer and Malcolm Nolen
Beth O'Neill and Chris McVoy
Katie and Peter O’Neill
Jennifer Ortega and Curtis McGraw Webster
James and Mary Ottaway
Pace Gallery
Louise Parent and John Casaly
Plaza Construction
David and Susan Rockefeller
Rockefeller & Co.
Donna and Benjamin Rosen
Leslie and Charles Rousell
Beth and Samuel Sachs II
Nobuko and Motoatsu Sakurai
Nicholas J. Sands
Eric C. Shiner
Silvercup Studios
SMBC Global Foundation, Inc.
Judith and Turner Smith
On Sohn and Ren Yamagata
Maria and Bill Spears
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas Foundation
Sundaram Tagore
Michael Tavani
Missie Rennie Taylor
Eugene Thaw
Cornelia and Erik Thomsen
Spencer Throckmorton
Jane Timken
Will Tomita
Toray International America Inc.
George Tsandikos
Billie Tsien and Tod Williams
Barbara van Beuren and Stephen Glascock
Maria Vecchiotti
Carol Warner and Ned Cooke
Claire Weisz
Anthony Williams
Elizabeth Ross Wingate
Kulapat Yantrasast

Isamu Noguchi Award Honorees