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Expanding Universe | Lecture & Dance Demonstration
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

In 1932, Isamu Noguchi, dancer and choreographer Ruth Page, and their friend the futurist R. Buckminster Fuller became captivated by Edwin Hubble’s discovery that our universe is an expanding, amorphous mass. Obsessed with this idea, Page assumed the role of “Miss Expanding Universe.” Noguchi made a sculpture with that title, an aluminum figure with outstretched arms and legs meant to hang from the ceiling, and Page choreographed a dance called Expanding Universe, for which Noguchi designed two royal blue, wool jersey sack dresses.

 

Following a 2013 exhibition at The Noguchi Museum, Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page, the original sack dresses were discovered at The Chicago History Museum. Exhibition copies of the two dresses were subsequently commissioned by The Noguchi Museum for its collection. This presentation features Dakin Hart, Senior Curator at The Noguchi Museum, and Dr. Joellen Meglin, Ruth Page scholar, speaking about the sculptor and the choreographer and Meglin’s re-creation of Page’s dance. Former Martha Graham Dance Company member Jennifer Conley will pose as Miss Expanding Universe and perform an excerpt from the re-creation, costumed in the dresses.

 

RSVP required: [email protected]. This program is free and coincides with Community Day, with free admission throughout the day.

 

Image: Jennifer Conley performing Ruth Page's Expanding Universe, reconstructed by Joellen Meglin, courtesy of the Ruth Page Foundation, 2017. Costume after the original by Isamu Noguchi. Photo: ©Julie Lemberger / JulieLemberger.com.

Noguchi Talks | Miya Ando and Dakin Hart
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Artist Miya Ando and Dakin Hart, the Museum’s Senior Curator, discuss Miya Ando: Clouds. Free as part of Community Day; advance registration is not required.

 

On view April 25–August 19, 2018, the works—suspended plate-glass sculptures internally etched with images of clouds—evoke Isamu Noguchi’s interest in sculpting ephemeral materials, and in using them to shape space.

 

Photo ©Elizabeth Felicella.

Community Day | Free Admission
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

On first Sundays May–September, admission is free with special programming throughout the day.

 

Schedule of events for June 3:

 

11 am–2 pm: Open Studio | Light Sculptures
A drop-in program for families with children ages 2–11, with gallery activities and a hands-on art making project

 

1–2 pm: Noguchi Talks | Miya Ando and Dakin Hart
Exhibiting artist Miya Ando discusses her installation Miya Ando: Clouds with Dakin Hart, Senior Curator. read more

 

2–3 pm: Public Tour
An introduction to the life and vision of Isamu Noguchi, exploring highlights of the Museum, its collection, and special exhibitions

 

3:30–5 pm: Artists at Noguchi | Expanding Universe
A conversation with Ruth Page scholar Dr. Joellen Meglin and Dakin Hart, with an excerpt of Meglin's recreation of Page’s dance Expanding Universe performed by Jennifer Conley. RSVP required to [email protected]. read more

 

4–5 pm: Center of Attention
An extended conversation on Oceane Delain’s Belle de Jour, featured in the exhibition Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA.

Free First Friday - Extended Summer Hours
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm. Extended summer hours begin this month and continue through September. Cash bar in the evening; free refreshments for Museum members.

 

2 pm: Gallery Tours

Join us for an informal public tour of highlights of the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

 

6:30 pm: Center of Attention

Participate in a conversation around Océane Delain’s Belle de Jour (2018), featured in the exhibition Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA.
read more

 

Isamu Noguchi, Brilliance, 1982, basalt. Miya Ando, Haku-Un (White Cloud) 3.3.1, 2017, etched glass. Installation view, Miya Ando: Clouds, through August 19, 2018. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / ARS.

Art Museum Day | Free Admission
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Admission is free in celebration of Art Museum Day, an event organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) to recognize the role of museums as points of connectivity within communities.

 

Join us for a free public tour of the Museum, its collection and special exhibitions at 2 pm.

Tour of ‘Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA,’ with Valérie Maltaverne and Dakin Hart
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join Oui Design for a tour of Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA, led by Valérie Maltaverne, Founder and Director of YMER&MALTA (pictured), and Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of The Noguchi Museum.

 

RSVP to [email protected].

 

Launched in 2016 by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and its partner foundation FACE, Oui Design is a program which fosters creative exchange in design between France and the United States.

 

Major support for Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA is provided by Van Cleef & Arpels and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation through Oui Design, a program initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and FACE, supported by Institut Français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, the Florence Gould Foundation, and Van Cleef & Arpels. Additional funding has been provided by Fondation Chanel. The exhibition is also supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Free First Friday - Extended Summer Hours
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm. Extended summer hours begin this month and continue through September. Cash bar in the evening; free refreshments for Museum members.

 

2 pm: Gallery Tours

Join us for an informal public tour of highlights of the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

 

5 pm: Teen Movement Workshop

High schoolers are invited to join the Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board [TAB] for a free movement workshop with artist Simone Johnson. Limited capacity; RSVP recommended to [email protected].

 

6:30 pm: Center of Attention

Participate in an extended conversation around Isamu Noguchi’s marble sculpture Euripides (1966).

Noguchi Talks | Miya Ando and Dakin Hart
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Artist Miya Ando and Dakin Hart, the Museum’s Senior Curator, discuss Miya Ando: Clouds. Free with Museum admission; advance registration is not required.

 

On view April 25–August 19, 2018, the works—suspended plate-glass sculptures internally etched with images of clouds—evoke Isamu Noguchi’s interest in sculpting ephemeral materials, and in using them to shape space.

Members: Opening Reception for ‘Miya Ando: Clouds’
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Noguchi Museum members and supporters are invited to a private preview and reception in celebration of Miya Ando: Clouds, on view April 25, 2017– August 19, 2018.

 

This event is for current members and invited guests only. To join us at exhibition openings and member events, enjoy year-round free admission, and many other benefits, become a member or renew your membership here

 

For more information, email Patrick McIntyre at [email protected] or call 718.204.7088 ext 238.

Artists at Noguchi | Musical Performance: Sounds of Akari
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Featuring Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Ashley Jackson, and Alice Teyssier

 

In celebration of the exhibition Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, The Noguchi Museum presents Sounds of Akari, a musical performance by violist Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, harpist Ashley Jackson, and flutist Alice Teyssier in a program featuring an original composition by Lanzilotti and works by Claude Debussy, Andrew Norman, and Toru Takemitsu.

 

Inspired by the poetic, ephemeral nature of Isamu Noguchi’s Akari, Lanzilotti incorporates sounds of Akari themselves into her work for flute, viola, and harp. Recordings of tapping, opening and closing, and rubbing the washi paper, bamboo, and wire of the lanterns evoke the feeling of being inside the light sculptures. Additionally, the three instrumental parts of the composition draw subtly from the other pieces on the program, incorporating works of the past as Noguchi was inspired by the transformation of traditional paper lanterns into modern lights.

 

Following the premiere of Lanzilotti’s work, the program will continue with three other works that evoke the fragility and lightness of Akari. Itinerant was written by Takemitsu in memory of Noguchi shortly after his death. The work changes moods frequently to reflect the transient nature of Noguchi’s life. Norman’s Sabina recalls sunrise in the Church of Santa Sabina, in Rome, Italy, drawing a comparison to the way that Akari makes light soft and beautiful by filtering it through washi paper. Finally, Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp moves through moments of lightness and joy and fragile sound as timbres of these three instruments combine.

 

Watch videos from this performance:

World premiere of ‘Postcards II: Akari,’ by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti

 

‘Itinerant: In Memory of Isamu Noguchi,’ by Toru Takemitsu