Past Exhibitions


View photographs and learn more about past exhibitions at The Noguchi Museum and other institutions around the world.

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Noguchi’s Playscapes
Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Sunday, November 26, 2017

SFMoMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA.

Organized by the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo and the Fundacíon Olga y Rufino Tamayo, A.C., in collaboration with The Noguchi Museum.

Isamu Noguchi explored the sculptural medium throughout his career, often extending beyond the gallery into the commercial and public realm through design. Observing that playgrounds offer a physical and social interaction not typically seen in a museum, he designed a number of public spaces where visitors could physically and actively engage with art. Noguchi’s Playscapes, organized by the Museo Tamayo, revisits his designs for several playgrounds, as well as stand-alone play structures. Through models, sketches, set designs, and archival images, the exhibition offers a view of Noguchi’s vision for new experiences of art, education, and humanity through play. While few were realized, Noguchi’s playscapes continue to inspire contemporary designers to consider play as a strategy for building community and stimulating creativity in the everyday. More details at

Image: Isamu Noguchi, Maquette for US Pavilion Expo, 1970. Painted plaster. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY.

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Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Sunday, September 10, 2017

Continuing the Museum’s collaboration with contemporary artists of all disciplines, the category-defying works of Robert Stadler (Austria, b. 1966) are installed in tandem with Noguchi’s sculptures, raising as many aesthetic, functional, and philosophical questions as possible.

With four installations of the two mens’ work in the Museum’s ground-level galleries and sculpture garden, the exhibition explores ways in which both Robert Stadler and Isamu Noguchi probe—and sometimes undermine—concepts such as “art” and “design,” “functional” and “aesthetic,” “material” and “space.”

Solid Doubts is organized by The Noguchi Museum and curated by Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart in collaboration with Robert Stadler.

Photos: Nicholas Knight. All Robert Stadler works are courtesy of the artist/Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Major support for Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum is provided by Van Cleef & Arpels, FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation; through Oui Design–supported by Institut Français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, FACE Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, Van Cleef & Arpels, Air France–and Bundeskanzleramt Österreich-Federal Chancellery of Austria, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts. Generous assistance has also been provided by Carpenters Workshop Gallery. The artist’s transportation and accommodations are supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

Noguchi + Pratt
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Sunday, June 18, 2017

A collaboration between The Noguchi Museum and Pratt Institute, Interior Design.

Each Spring, Pratt Institute's Interior Design Graduate Level Qualifying Design Studio course asks students to draw inspiration from Isamu Noguchi's work.

This year, students chose objects from the Museum's permanent collection on long-term view to research and incorporate into a hypothetical Noguchi Museum Annex in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Work from all participating students is exhibited at The Noguchi Museum in the lower-level gallery; including drawings, examples of object analysis, and four select student projects in their entirety.

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Waiting Room: Noguchi/Stadler at Collective Design Fair 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Sunday, May 7, 2017

In a raw loading dock at the southern end of Skylight Clarkson Square, the works of Isamu Noguchi and Robert Stadler come together in a somewhat surreal pastiche of waiting. Co-curated by Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart and Robert Stadler.

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This installation coincides with the exhibition Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum, on view April 26–September 3, 2017.

Robert Stadler’s work is also on view in New York City at Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Weight Class) from April 27–June 17. His first retrospective is on view at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden, Germany (You May Also Like: Robert Stadler) from March 18–June 25.

Photos: Nicholas Knight. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Robert Stadler / Artists Rights Society (ARS).

Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern
Friday, November 11, 2016 - Sunday, March 19, 2017

Isamu Noguchi was among the most innovative American sculptors of the twentieth century, creating works that were far ahead of his time. Yet Noguchi frequently found inspiration in ancient art and architecture, from Egyptian pyramids, to Buddhist temples and Zen gardens, to American Indian burial mounds. The exhibition Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern is the first full-scale exhibition to explore how the ancient world shaped Noguchi’s vision for the future.

More than seventy works on loan from The Noguchi Museum include monolithic basalt sculptures, fountains, and Akari Light Sculptures, as well as works that use stone, water, and light to evoke nature while calling to mind elemental structures that cross civilizations and time. Noguchi viewed himself not only as an artist but also an engineer, and the exhibition devotes special attention to Noguchi’s patented designs, including Radio Nurse—the first baby monitor. Also on view are designs for stage sets, playgrounds, and utilitarian articles, many of which are still produced today.

Isamu Noguchi: Archaic/Modern, which is accompanied by a catalogue, is co-curated by Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart and Karen Lemmey, sculpture curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The idea for the exhibition grew out of Highlights from the Collection: Noguchi Archaic/Noguchi Modern, on view at The Noguchi Museum in 2014.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, N.W., Washington, DC.

Image: Isamu Noguchi, Red Lunar Fist, 1944. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Right Society (ARS).

Impasse Ronsin
Friday, October 28, 2016 - Saturday, January 14, 2017

At Paul Kasmin Gallery at New York City, The Noguchi Museum creates a special installation in the rear gallery of an exhibition devoted to the Parisian alley called l’impasse Ronsin, where numerous twentieth-century artists had their studios. The installation evokes the “Brancusi-like” studio that Noguchi established in Gentilly, just south of Paris, in 1927, after working as the Romanian sculptor’s studio assistant. The only artist to have come out of Brancusi’s studio, Noguchi had unique insights into what Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart calls “that Modernist Eden of ambiguity—where traditional craft met the avant-garde, object became indistinguishable from base, and art was life.”

Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W. 27th Street, New York, NY.

Image: Isamu Noguchi in his studio in Gentilly, France, 1927. Photo: Atelier Stone / ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS).