Past Exhibitions


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

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Highlights from the Collection
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - Sunday, April 24, 2011

Complimenting the Museum’s permanently installed lower levels, selections from the Museum’s Permanent Collection are now on view in the upstairs galleries.  Artworks featured include select Paris Abstractions, interlocking sculptures, Peking Brush Drawings, and cast bronzes.

California Scenario: The Courage of Imagination
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - Sunday, October 24, 2010

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Noguchi’s landscape project California Scenario, located in Costa Mesa, California, the Noguchi Museum presents an exhibition documenting its conception and realization. Initially approached in 1980 to create a fountain for a corporate park by the developer Henry T. Segerstrom, Noguchi expanded the project to become one of his most fully-integrated landscape compositions. Inhabiting 1.6 acres, Noguchi’s vision of the highly diverse terrain of California, his birthplace, is achieved through seven large-scale sculptural elements as well as a careful selection of local flora whose steady growth has resulted in a presence equal to the corresponding manmade elements. The project will be represented by photographs, both old and new, video documentation, as well as a newly commissioned model that will be situated alongside the original plan by Noguchi.

Noguchi ReINstalled
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - Sunday, October 24, 2010

To formally commemorate the reopening of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in its completely renovated state, the Museum will present Noguchi ReINstalled. While the Museum’s first floor galleries and indoor/outdoor space have remained relatively unchanged, this exhibition will mark the first time the Permanent Collection will be on view in its entirety since the spring of 2002. Through consultation of the Museum’s vast photographic archives, every effort will be made to present the collection as close to Noguchi’s original intentions as possible. By June 17, a number of objects loaned to exhibitions abroad will also be returned to their intended configuration in the Museum’s galleries and garden. A number of recent acquisitions to the Museum’s collections, including a recently fabricated model reproducing Noguchi’s ambitious design for the five-acre site at the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden in Jerusalem from 1960 – 1965 will also be on view.

Isamu Noguchi, Between East and West
Sunday, June 27, 2010 - Sunday, September 26, 2010

This is the first time that Noguchi's work is being presented in Greece. The exhibition, which will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros, through September 26, 2010, will feature a total of 76 works, including 42 sculptures, 34 drawings and preliminary sketches, and a series of photographs documenting stage sets designed by the artist for various performances, as well as public works realized across Europe, Asia and the United States.

Learn more from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros, Greece.

NEXUS NEW YORK: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis
Saturday, October 17, 2009 - Sunday, February 28, 2010

Noguchi's portrait of the painter Jose Orozco is included in a survey exhibition of Caribbean and Latin American artists who pursued careers in New York at El Museo del Barrio, New York. This exhibition marks El Museo del Barrio's first exhibition in its newly renovated space. Visit for more information.

From Plaster to Stone
Monday, May 25, 2009 - Sunday, August 30, 2009

On view at The Noguchi Museum March 25 – August 30, 2009 Beginning in the 1940s, Isamu Noguchi began using small paper models as an aid in creating his larger biomorphic sculptures. Noguchi continued this practice for the rest of his career, using plaster maquettes to envision larger stone or metal works, often including penciled instructions on them to guide different technical effects. In this small exhibition created in conjunction with The Noguchi Museum’s Education Department, a selection of Noguchi’s maquettes is presented with photographs and finished sculptures to illustrate both Noguchi’s faithfulness to his original ideas and his flexibility in response to the unpredictable nature of stone.