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LIC Art Stroll: Socrates Sculpture Park and The Noguchi Museum
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join the Long Island City Cultural Alliance (LICCA) for an Art Stroll featuring guided tours of Socrates Sculpture Park, including the special exhibition Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again; and a history tour of The Noguchi Museum and the special exhibition Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum. The tour will be followed by a reception at The Noguchi Museum.


Rain or shine. Good walking shoes are strongly recommended. Advance tickets are required.





To learn more about LICCA and to support its mission, contact Shannon Murphy at [email protected].


Image: Installation view, ‘Nari Ward: ‘G.O.A.T., again.’ Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park.

Artists at Noguchi | Bang on a Can Music Series: Innov Gnawa
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, a master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the "5 Bands You Need to Know in Brooklyn's Arabic Music Scene,” Innov Gnawa make great use of traditional repertoire, and add their own, contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion.


For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues,” gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that’s played on an array of unique instruments – from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms.


Presented in partnership with Bang on a Can, this innovative performance series is held in the Museum's outdoor sculpture garden. In case of rain or artist's preference, concerts take place in the galleries.


Performances are free with Museum admission, and seating is available on garden benches and floor mats on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Community Day
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

The Noguchi Museum celebrates its neighbors by offering this annual series of Community Days on first Sundays through the summer. Admission is free all day, with special programming and activities.


11 am–2 pm: Open Studio

Open Studio is a drop-in program for families with children between the ages of 2-11 that includes gallery activities and a hands-on art making project. This Open Studio session’s theme is Architecture. We will will begin by walking around The Noguchi Museum with floor plans to investigate how the form and function of the Museum complement each other. Then, families will work in the studio to design their own cardboard architectural models.


2 pm: Gallery Tours

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


4 pm: Center of Attention

Participate in an extended conversation around Robert Stadler’s Cut_paste #8 (2015), as featured in the exhibition Solid Doubts (on view through September 3, 2017).


Photo: Katherine Abbott.

Free First Friday - Extended Summer Hours
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month year-round, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm.


Extended Summer First Friday hours continue this month, with a cash bar and drinks in the garden in the evening. (Refreshments are free for Museum members.)


Photo: Taylor Brown.

Noguchi Talks | Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer Moderates a Conversation with Steven Holl Architects and The Noguchi Museum
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer moderates a discussion with internationally celebrated architect Steven Holl; Chris McVoy, senior partner at Steven Holl Architects; and Noguchi Museum Director Jenny Dixon. The discussion will focus on three major projects by Holl’s firm: the exciting design for Long Island City’s new Hunters Point Community Library, scheduled to open later this year, and two projects that engage with work by Isamu Noguchi—the expansion of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) and the upcoming addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


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Image: Hunters Point Community Library, Long Island City, NY, under construction, 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects.

Noguchi Talks | Robert Stadler and Dakin Hart: Solid Doubts
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Join Robert Stadler and the Noguchi Museum’s Senior Curator, Dakin Hart, on a walkthrough of the exhibition Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum, to investigate and expose the conventional boundaries between art and design. Free with Museum admission; advance registration is not required.


Like Noguchi, Paris-based, Austrian designer Robert Stadler (b. 1966) is a category-defying artist whose work comes from a place where conceptual, aesthetic, functional, and material considerations meet. Solid Doubts presents Noguchi’s and Stadler's work together in four distinct installations to raise questions about the categorization of functional objects.


Image: Isamu Noguchi, Mirror and Clothes Rack for Martha Graham’s ‘Hérodiade’, 1944, and Akari [30A], 1954; with Robert Stadler, PDT (bench, mirror and table), 2015, and Anywhere #2, 2017. Photo: Nicholas Knight/©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS).

Film Screening at Museum of the Moving Image: For the Sake of the Children
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The Museum of the Moving Image
Redstone Theater
36-01 35th Avenue (at 37th Street)
Astoria, NY 11106


Dirs. Joe Fox, Marlene Shigekawa. 2017, 65 mins. Digital projection. More details and buy tickets at


Marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the wartime directive that authorized the internment of Japanese citizens and American citizens of Japanese heritage, Museum of the Moving Image and The Noguchi Museum present For the Sake of the Children. This documentary, co-directed and -produced by Joe Fox and Marlene Shigekawa, explores the legacy of the Japanese American incarceration, including its impact—informed by a complex interplay of culture, racial prejudice, history, and intergenerational differences—on current generations, who are descendants of those imprisoned.


For the Sake of the Children follows the journeys of a variety of Japanese Americans from different generations who are searching for their identity as Americans with a unique Japanese American heritage. The individuals profiled in this film include artists, politicians, preservationists, journalists, activists, and young students. Many of their stories have never been told.


For the Sake of the Children is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center, on view at The Noguchi Museum through January 7, 2018.


The post-film discussion with the filmmakers will be moderated by Shannon Murphy, Head of Education at The Noguchi Museum.


Free tickets to the screening are included with admission to The Museum of the Moving Image. Attendees will receive a free pass to visit The Noguchi Museum after the screening. Noguchi Museum Members receive a 20% discount with promotional code. Check for the invitation in your inbox, or contact [email protected] to reclaim.





Photo: Sean Dolan. The exhibition Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center and its related public and educational programs are supported by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

Free First Friday - Extended Summer Hours
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month year-round, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm.


Extended Summer First Friday hours begin this month and continue through September, with a cash bar and drinks in the garden in the evening. (Refreshments are free for Museum members.)


Photo: Taylor Brown.

Free First Friday
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

On the first Friday of every month year-round, the Museum offers visitors free admission, with tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm.


Photo: Elizabeth Felicella.

Poems About Sculpture
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us to celebrate Poems About Sculpture (Knopf, 2016) with the anthology's editor, sculptor Murray Dewart; Robert Pinsky, former four-time U.S. Poet Laureate and founder of the Favorite Poem Project, who penned the foreword to the book; and poet Rachel Hadas. Co-hosted by PSA's Executive Director Alice Quinn and board president Kimiko Hahn. Reception to follow.


Admission is free; RSVP not required. Co-sponsored by The Noguchi Museum and The Poetry Society of America.


Read more about the publication here.