Noguchi Talks | How Sculpture Collapses Time

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

If painting is culture, sculpture is civilization. Which is to say sculptors tend to think big and have long time horizons. Even today sculptors remain engaged with the same millennia's worth of milestones: Cycladic idols, the Easter Island heads, Egyptian anatomy, Michelangelo’s Slaves. Noguchi once told an interviewer "The older things are, the better I like them." On the other hand, as an early technological utopian and a born engineer, Noguchi believed that ingenuity and invention would eventually unite the planet in peace and prosperity. This paradox is often reflected in work that is ambiguously rooted in a moment either 10,000 years ago or 10,000 years from now: golden ages both.


Working from the latest installation of highlights from the permanent collection, Noguchi Archaic/Noguchi Modern, Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of The Noguchi Museum, will focus on different ways Noguchi collapsed the past and the future—often, following Hiroshima and Nagasaki, out of fear for the present.