Isamu Noguchi: Functional Ceramics

Isamu Noguchi: Functional Ceramics

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - Sunday, July 24, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 10:00am - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 6:00pm

In honor of Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, which will include a display of more than 300 of Sachs' handmade porcelain chawan (tea bowls), the Museum is showing a selection of Noguchi's more “functional” ceramics: plates, bowls, trays, and other traditional forms—along with other pieces that play with the notion of use value.

Image: Face Dish (Boku), 1952. Shigaraki stoneware. Photo: Kevin Noble. Homepage: Installation view. Photo: Nicholas Knight.

Highlights from the Collection: Design Into Art

Highlights from the Collection: Design Into Art

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 10:00am - Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Long before it was widely accepted to do so, Noguchi ignored the traditional distinction between “art” and “design.” This exhibition focuses on the permeable membrane between these categories in Noguchi's work, with lightweight and flat-packable furniture, stage sets, sculpture, and Akari Light Sculptures.

Image: Installation view, Design Into Art, showing balsa wood sculptures and stage sets for Martha Graham. Photo: Nicholas Knight.

Museum of Stones

Museum of Stones

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - Sunday, January 10, 2016
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 12:00am - Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 12:00am

Think of a circumstance in which rock and water rub up against each other: in a river gorge, along a coast, where a gutter empties onto a flagstone, or rain falls regularly on a travertine wall. At any given moment, rock is the sculptor and water is the material. Expand the timeline a bit, however, and the relationship reverses; water becomes the sculptor and rock the material. A creative awareness of this paradox, as refracted through a kaleidoscope of different cultural traditions, is The Noguchi Museum in a nutshell.

Noguchi + Pratt: An Exhibition

Noguchi + Pratt: An Exhibition

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Sunday, June 28, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:00am - Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 12:00am

In spring of 2015, graduate interior design students from Pratt Institute were challenged to draw inspiration from Isamu Noguchi's work.

The students researched Noguchi's history, studied select objects included in the Museum's Highlights from the Collection: Iconic Display exhibition, and applied their knowledge to design a hypothetical annex for the Museum in the Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO.

Editing Area 5: A Re-installation and Progressive De-installation of Noguchi's Bronze Gallery

Editing Area 5: A Re-installation and Progressive De-installation of Noguchi's Bronze Gallery

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - Sunday, September 20, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:00am - Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 12:00am

Before it became the Video Room (and then reverted back to a changing gallery in 2013), Area 5 was a gallery featuring 1960s-era bronzes. This summer it will be installed as close as possible to its original state--before the elevator went in, when the space was longer, had two additional doorways and was more open to Area 3. The exhibition will open with nine objects installed.

Artists at Noguchi: Maria Blaisse's Breathing Sphere

Artists at Noguchi: Maria Blaisse's Breathing Sphere

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - Sunday, January 4, 2015
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:00am - Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 12:00am

For a month this winter, The Noguchi Museum presents Maria Blaisse's Arduino (Breathing Sphere), a computer-controlled, motorized sphere of woven bamboo. The installation creates a spatial and formal dialogue both with Noguchi’s work and with two more of Blaisse’s woven bamboo structures, which are being presented by slowLab at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

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