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Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi: Best of Friends: A Book Reading and Conversation with Shoji Sadao
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Shoji Sadao, principal at Fuller and Sadao, P.C. and former director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation, joins Jonathan Marvel, principal at Rogers Marvel Architecture, for a discussion of Mr. Sadao’s new book, Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi: Best of Friends.  This special event will provide an insider’s perspective on the lives and achievements of Isamu Noguchi and Buckminster Fuller. 


The discussion will be interspersed with readings from the book and followed by a book signing by the author.  


Best of Friends is co-published by The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum and is available for sale in the Museum Shop. Books will also be for sale at the event.  


Organized by the Center for Architecture and The Noguchi Museum.


Cost: free for AIA and Noguchi Museum members; $10 non-members


Please note, this event will be held at The Center for Architecture, located at 536 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village in Manhattan.


To RSVP for this event, please visit the Center for Architecture's calendar listing for this event.


Music in the Garden featuring Toby Twining
Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 3:00pm

Guggenheim Fellow award recipient, composer and recording artist Toby Twining has received critical acclaim for music that brings together a new choral sound with hi-resolution/microtonal harmonies and innovative instrumental techniques. His ensemble, Toby Twining Music, has recorded three albums: Shaman (BMG Classics, 1993); Chrysalid Requiem (Cantaloupe Music, 2002) and Eurydice (Cantaloupe Music, 2011). Several of Twining's instrumental works have been recorded by the avant-garde pianist Margaret Leng Tan and cellist Matt Haimovitz and have received considerable radio and concert exposure.  For more information, see


Music in the Garden is presented through partnership with Bang on a Can


With its unparalleled musical sensibility, Bang on a Can is one of the world's best recognized and most powerful ambassadors for contemporary music. Founded in 1987, the group commissions, performs, creates, presents, and records, striving to expose new audiences worldwide to exciting and innovative music. Cantaloupe Music is the celebrated record label created in 2001 by the founders of Bang on a Can.



First Friday
Friday, June 3, 2011 - 5:30pm

During the summer months the Museum is open late on the first Friday of the month. With pay-what-you-wish admission and a cash bar with wine and beer beginning at 5:30 pm, the Museum will remain open until 8 pm.

Artist's Talk with Niho Kozuru
Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 3:00pm

Japanese artist Niho Kozuru will lead a discussion about her playful, cast-rubber sculpture Transplanted (2011), constructed from molds of wooden architectural elements. Transplanted was made for the Sheldon Museum of Art, in Lincoln, Nebraska, which commissioned the artist to create a work to stand in dialogue with Isamu Noguchi’s two-part granite and marble sculpture Song of the Bird (Bird Song) (1958), in the Sheldon’s collection. Noguchi and Kozuru’s sculptures, which share common design elements and a towering verticality, are both on view in the Sheldon Museum’s Great Hall.


Niho Kozuru is a fifth-generation artist in a family of renowned ceramicists in Fukuoka, Japan. Her work has been seen in numerous exhibitions and may be found in collections across the United States and in Japan. She is the recipient of the Corning Glass Foundation Award (1993) and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant (2009), among other honors.


Ms. Kozuru, who currently works in Boston, received her BFA from the Parsons School of Design and her MFA from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu.


For more information about the artist, please see


Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 3:00pm

Tour of the exhibition On Becoming an Artist:Isamu Noguchi and His Contemporaries, 1922-1960 with artist Cary Leibowitz and exhibition curator Amy Wolf. Most well-known for his text paintings and charming and humorous multiples, Leibowitz is also a voracious collector of art and design.


To RSVP for this tour, please email [email protected] 


South of the Border: History, As Seen From Mexico, by American Artists in the 1930s
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 3:00pm

Art historian James Oles will lecture on the radical wall murals created by American artists—including Isamu Noguchi—in Mexico during the early years of the Great Depression. These murals, which were part of two of the most important public works programs in Mexico City, can be found at the neo-colonial Mercado Abelardo Rodriguez, the site of Noguchi’s 1936 concrete relief.  Professor Oles will explore the images, meaning, and sources of Noguchi’s work, one of the most innovative murals of its time. 



Woodstock Artists’ Colony: Noguchi and Japanese-American Artists
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 3:00pm

Tom Wolf, Professor of Art History at Bard College, discusses a group of Japanese artists, including Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and their influence on Isamu Noguchi’s early work. Many of these artists—who were somewhat older than Noguchi—spent their summers in Woodstock, New York, where the latter also spent time and where he created one of his major early sculptures, Death (Lynched Figure), of 1934. Wolf, who has written extensively about both Asian-American art and the Woodstock artists’ colony, will examine the attraction of Woodstock for these artists and explore the ways in which the political content of Noguchi’s early art echoed their work.



Museum closed due to weather emergency
Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Due to inclement weather, The Noguchi Museum is closed today, Thursday, January  27, 2011.  We will reopen to the public on Friday, January 28.

The Company He Kept
Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 3:00pm

Guest curator Amy Wolf will discuss the women artists who befriended, collaborated and supported Noguchi early in his career.  Wolf will highlight the accomplishments of Marion Greenwood, Frida Kahlo, Ruth Page and Yuriko, widely admired in their time as a mural artist, a painter of self-portraits and a dancers/choreographers, respectively.  While these women were important to Noguchi personally, they also provided models of independence and ambition seeking out opportunities for themselves and their work in the early 20th century. 

From Documents to Pictures: The Making of a Children's Book
Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 3:00pm

Ballet for Martha: Making of Appalachian Spring tells the story of the collaboration among Isamu Noguchi, composer Aaron Copeland, and choreographer/dancer Martha Graham to create the iconic ballet Appalachian Spring. In this special program—intended for adults—co-author (with Jan Greenberg) Sandra Jordan, editor Neal Porter, and illustrator Brian Floca will introduce their acclaimed book and discuss their own collaborative effort to make Noguchi's, Graham's, and Copland's art accessible to a young audience. A slide show of sketches will accompany the discussion.