Highlights from the Collection: Iconic Display

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - Sunday, September 13, 2015

*Please note that this exhibition will not be on view between Wednesday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

As part of its ongoing series of installations from the collection, the Museum presents Iconic Display.

Whether we realize it or not, and whether we consent to it or not, the contexts in which we encounter art are irremovable frames. The excerpted installations are ones that have proven epochal in shaping the critical interpretation and public perception of specific bodies of Noguchi's work--for better and for worse. They include Noguchi's participation in Fourteen Americans at MoMA (1946); his first Japanese exhibition, which took place in a Tokyo department store (1950); an installation by the architect Arata Isozaki for the Seibu Museum of Art (1985); and contemporaneous attempts, through exhibitions and photographs, to make sense of one of his largest and least well-understood bodies of work--the 26 galvanized steel editions he made for Gemini G.E.L. in the early 1980s.



Images (top to bottom):
Isamu Noguchi, Mitsukoshi Department Store (Tokyo, Japan), August 18 - 27, 1950, exhibition installation photograph
Isamu Noguchi: Space of Akari & Stone, Yurakucho Art Forum, Designed by Arata Isozaki, February 9 - 20, 1985, exhibition installation photograph
Isamu Noguchi's Rain Mountain in the parking lot behind Gemini G.E.L., c. 1984
Isamu Noguchi: Gemini G.E.L., Storm King Art Center (Mountainville, NY), May 15 - October 15, 1984, exhibition installation photograph