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Offsite: NYCxDesign | Akari at Totokaelo
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Totokaelo, 61 Crosby Street, New York

In collaboration with Totokaelo and Gray Magazine, a site specific installation of Isamu Noguchi’s Akari light sculptures will be presented during NYCxDesign week (May 10–22) at Totokaelo’s SoHo store. Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart, curator of the installation, will present a talk on Akari on May 18 followed by Q&A. Free to the public. Read more

 

Installation view, courtesy of Totokaelo.

Curator's Tour | Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of The Noguchi Museum, leads a tour of Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan. Free with Museum admission; advance registration is not required.

 

Haniwa, Japan, Kofun period, 250-552. Earthenware. Collection of Isamu Noguchi. Photo by Kevin Noble. ©INFGM / ARS

NYCxDesign | Sage and Coombe: Noguchi Museum Renovation Archtober Preview
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

As part of NYCxDESIGN, the Center for Architecture will host an Archtober preview featuring five days of building tours across the five boroughs, with a focus on cultural institutions. On Thursday, May 16, Sage and Coombe present a tour of The Noguchi Museum as part of this series.

 

Sage and Coombe worked with The Noguchi Museum for more than a decade to renovate and modernize the historic building in three phases, affording the museum accessibility, allowing it to remain open year-round, and bringing it to the rigorous standards of contemporary museums – all while maintaining the unique character of the space. The renovation encompassed all areas of the museum building and garden, with construction on the final phase completed in Spring 2016. Register at aiany.org.

 

The Noguchi Museum, Area 14. Photo: Nicholas Knight, ©INFGM / ARS

Offsite: Frieze Sculpture Family Program at Rockefeller Center | 3D: Build Up!
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 10:30am - 12:00pm

Town Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York

 

In conjunction with Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, curated by Noguchi Museum Director Brett Littman, The Noguchi Museum and Rockefeller Center will offer a series of free family art-making programs every other Sunday while the installation is on display, beginning on April 28. All family programs are free of charge and take place at the Town Center, located on the concourse level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (between 49th–50th Streets and 5th–6th Avenues).

 

3D: Build Up!

Families with children age 4 are invited to participate in a guided tour of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center and then make their own sculptures inspired by their experiences. This program is led by Noguchi Museum educators; contact [email protected] with any questions.

REGISTER HERE

Photo: Katherine Abbott.

Noguchi Talks | Marc Keane and Matthew Kirsch on Japanese Gardens
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Japanese Garden is made from a collaboration with nature … Man’s hands are hidden by time and the many effects of nature, moss and so forth, so you are hidden. I don’t want to be hidden. I want to show. Therefore I am modern. Isamu Noguchi*

 

Join Marc Keane, landscape architect and garden scholar, and Matthew Kirsch, Curator of Research at The Noguchi Museum, for a discussion about the Japanese garden as both inspiration and point of departure for Isamu Noguchi in the later decades of his career. In 1950, nineteen years after his first visits to temples in Kyoto and Nara, Noguchi traveled to each again, with artist and writer Saburo Hasegawa guiding his visits to important Zen temples and to the Katsura Imperial Villa. Their experiences were framed by their shared search for inspiration in Japan’s cultural past, which they hoped could be reinterpreted in modern practice. The Japanese garden exemplified this promise: an aesthetic culture with its own set of guidelines and precepts which, rather than stifling creativity and innovation, extended possibilities within a tradition.

 

This talk coincides with Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan (May 1–July 14), a major traveling exhibition that traces influences of the dialogue between Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa through their respective works.

 

Please join us in the Museum Shop after the talk for a book signing featuring Marc Keane’s latest publication Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design.

 

Free with Museum admission. RSVP recommended: [email protected].

 

*Rhony Alhalel, “A Conversation with Isamu Noguchi,” Kyoto Journal 10, Spring 1989, p 35.
Isamu Noguchi, Photograph at Katsura Imperial Villa (detail), c. 1950. The Noguchi Museum Archive. ©INFGM/ARS

Offsite: Walking Tour of Frieze Sculpture with Brett Littman
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Frieze Sculpture
45–50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York

 

Join Brett Littman, Director of The Noguchi Museum and curator of Frieze Sculpture, for a walking tour of the installation. No RSVP needed. Tours will meet on the North Plaza, located between 45 and 50 Rockefeller Plaza and 50th and 51st Streets, near Isamu Noguchi’s News. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

 

More Frieze Sculpture information and events here.

 

Installation view, Frieze Sculpture 2019, courtesy of RockefellerCenter.com. Hank Willis Thomas, Josephine and Kazumi (Real Red), 2018. Jack Shainman Gallery. Isamu Noguchi, News (Associated Press Building Plaque), 50 Rockefeller Plaza, 1938–40. Stainless steel.

Free First Friday – Extended Evening Hours
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, admission is free. May through September, the Museum remains open until 8 pm with a cash bar in the evening.

    

2 pm: Gallery Tour

Join an educator-led tour with an introduction to the life and vision of Isamu Noguchi, exploring select works in the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. The tour is offered in English and Japanese.

 

6:30 pm: Center of Attention

Engage in a conversation about Isamu Noguchi’s Sesshu (1958), featured in the exhibition Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan (May 1–July 14). Advance registration is not required.

 

Photo: Sara Luckey. ©INFGM / ARS

2019 Spring Benefit and Isamu Noguchi Award Presentation
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

On May 2, 2019, The Noguchi Museum will hold its annual Spring Benefit and presentation of the 2019 Isamu Noguchi Award honoring Rei Kawakubo. Proceeds from the evening raise critical support for the Museum's collection and programming.

 

Please note that the Museum will be closed to the public on Thursday, May 2.

 

Read more and purchase tickets here.

Offsite: Frieze Sculpture Family Program at Rockefeller Center | Get the Scoop: Stories and Art
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 10:30am - 1:30pm

Town Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York

 

In conjunction with Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, curated by Noguchi Museum Director Brett Littman, The Noguchi Museum and Rockefeller Center will offer a series of free family art-making programs every other Sunday while the installation is on display, beginning on April 28. All family programs are free of charge and will take place at the Town Center, located on the concourse level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (between 49th–50th Streets and 5th–6th Avenues).

 

Get the Scoop: Stories and Art

Families with children ages 2–11 are invited to explore Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center and then make art inspired by their experiences. This program is led by Noguchi Museum educators; no advance registration required. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

 

Photo: Katherine Abbott.

Free First Friday
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, admission is free. Tours are offered at 2 pm, in English and Japanese.

 

2 pm: Gallery Tour

Join an educator-led tour with an introduction to the life and vision of Isamu Noguchi, exploring select works in the Museum's collection and special exhibitions.