Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page

Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Sunday, January 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page was developed in a collaboration between The Noguchi Museum and The Ruth Page Foundation, building on a group of drawings Noguchi made of the great American avant-garde dancer and choreographer Ruth Page posing in a sack dress he designed in 1933 to transform her into a dynamic embodiment of his sculpture Miss Expanding Universe (1932).

Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930

Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Sunday, January 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 12:00am

While en route to Japan for his first time since childhood, Isamu Noguchi paid an unexpected visit to Beijing (then called Peking) from July 1930 to January 1931. A fateful encounter with a Japanese businessman and art collector, Sotokichi Katsuizumi (1889-1985), exposed the young artist to Katsuizumi's small collection of scrolls by the poet, seal carver, and traditional ink painting master Qi Biashi (1864-1957). Noguchi was entranced by what he saw, and asked to be introduced to Qi Baishi whom he observed and studied with. 

Area 5: Cut and Fold

Area 5: Cut and Fold

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 12:00am - Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 12:00am

Noguchi's spatial intelligence (his ability to visualize in three dimensions) was extraordinary. He was capable not only of constructing an object composed of many elements in his mind, but rotating it on three axes and placing it in an environment. We live in an age when the wide availability of sophisticated imaging programs has made this ability seem somewhat less exceptional - making it hard to appreciate the difficulties involved in moving an idea from the mind's eye to realization at full scale with graph paper, hand tools and the occasional help of a friend or assistant.

Highlights from the Collection: Recent Acquisitions

Highlights from the Collection: Recent Acquisitions

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - Sunday, September 1, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 12:00am

These pieces come from two major Japanese collections. Highlighted by the stunning "Love of Two Boards" is a major gift of works from Noguchi's friend and collaborator, Tsutomu Hiroi, a famous kite-maker who helped Noguchi develop his Akari light sculptures. The other group comes from the family of an assistant of Noguchi's and features a small centipede which relates to his "Even the Centipede," the great masterpiece of his work in clay, now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. 

Highlights from the Collection: Reworked

Highlights from the Collection: Reworked

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - Sunday, February 9, 2014
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 12:00am

This summer's installation of highlights from the collection is organized around four instances in which Noguchi returned to an earlier body of work to rethink, redevelop, reproduce or restore it. The first example includes two groups of objects Noguchi made inspired by Constantin Brancusi in the 1930s, following his apprenticeship in Brancusi's studio, when he was still very much under the Romanian's influence and two decades later, in homage to his mentor, following Brancusi's death in 1957. 

Hammer, Chisel, Drill: Noguchi's Studio Practice

Hammer, Chisel, Drill: Noguchi's Studio Practice

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - Sunday, May 12, 2013
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 12:00am - Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 12:00am

 

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