Public Programs Archive


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Guided Tour of the Garden with George Pisegna
Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 3:00pm

George Pisegna, Director of Horticulture at the Horticultural Society of New York, brings his unique knowledge or urban plantlife to The Noguchi Museum. Giving a guided tour of the Sculpture Garden, he will explore the various trees and shrubbery that contribute to the beautiful and serene setting of the Museum.

Screening of "Dirt! The Movie" and Talk with Bill Logan
Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 3:00pm

Arborist and author Bill Logan will screen and discuss the new feature-length documentary based on his book, "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth". Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, "Dirt" brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has.

Dore Ashton: Conversations with Isamu Noguchi
Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 3:00pm

Dore Ashton, art historian and cultural critic, has written extensively on Isamu Noguchi. With her acute visual skills and the personal insights she gained during her long friendship with him, she will discuss her very enduring relationship with Noguchi - both the man and his art.

Sculpture in the Landscape
Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 3:00pm

Peter Murray, the founding Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in conversation with Noguchi Museum Curator Bonnie Rychlak, will explore aspects of sculpture in the landscape focusing on land-art, site specific projects, the artist's garden, and the choreography of exhibitions in the open air. Particular reference will be made to YSP and the exhibition "Isamu Noguchi in Yorkshire", which contained over 150 works and was curated by Murray and Rychlak.

EDOKKO: Growing Up A Foreigner In Wartime Japan
Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 3:00pm

 Isaac Shapiro, longtime friend of Isamu Noguchi and retired partner at Skadden, Arps, Meager and Flom LLP, will read a selection from his soon to be released memoirs. A founding Noguchi Museum Trustee, Mr. Shapiro was born in Japan and raised there and in China. Fiding that they shared similar experiences in their formative years, Shapiro and Noguchi were able to forge a lasting friendship. His new book chronicles his family's travels under persecuttion during the early 20th century and his subsequent career in law and the arts.

Art and Artifact: The Renovation of The Noguchi Museum
Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 3:00pm

Jennifer Sage and Peter Coombe, principals at architecture firm Sage & Coombe, will discuss the renovation of The Noguchi Museum, focusing on the interplay between maintaining Noguchi's vision while updating the Museum's physical space. Admission to the Museum will be free on this day as part of our participation in Open House NY, America's largest architecture and design event.

Marta Topferova
Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 3:00pm

Marta Topferova and her quartet perform new and original fusions of contemporary and folk music traditions of Latin America. Featuring a Cuban tres, cuatro, bass and percussion, Topferova’s music melds Latin American sounds with traditions from her native Czech Republic.

Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 3:00pm

The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) is dedicated to the outstanding performance of contemporary masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. With Artistic Director and cellist Clarice Jensen at the helm, ACME programs are both avant-garde and archetypal, and the dynamic ensemble's concerts are a unique blend of intelligent performance and passionate music making. For this program, ACME perfored J. S. Bach's Art of the Fugue (arranged for a string quartet); Jefferson Friedman's String Quartet No. 3; Mendelssohn's String Quartet in F, Op. 80; and the World Premiere of a new string quartet by ACME violinist Caleb Burhans.

Gamelan Son of Lion
Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 3:00pm

Gamelan Son of Lion, which began performing in 1976, is among the oldest of the approximately 100 active gamelans in the United States. It is also one of the few such groups that are not affiliated with an institution. Using instruments created from steel keys, cans, and hubcaps, among other materials, Gamelan Son of Lion concentrates on new compositions by ensemble members, American composers, and commissioned guest artists. The ensemble has also performed experimental works by Indonesian composers, a number of pieces including gamelan with electronic music, and several theatre works involving opera, multimedia, and dance. The group has premiered more than 100 pieces since its inception.

Taylor Brown
Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 3:00pm

Taylor Brown, whose grandfather was a prize-winning country fiddle player and whose father played the guitar, began making up songs on a plastic guitar at the age of three. In 2006, he earned a degree in classical guitar performance from Vassar College, while also touring with folk musician Kate Taylor. Mr. Brown has performed across the country with Ms. Taylor and as a solo artist, and has appeared with Carly Simon, Dar Williams, Felicia Collins, Levon Helm, and Tom Rush, among others. His first solo album, "What Lies," was released in fall 2006. Mr. Brown, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, currently resides in New York City.