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Noguchi’s Playscapes

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Sunday, November 26, 2017

SFMoMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA.

Organized by the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo and the Fundacíon Olga y Rufino Tamayo, A.C., in collaboration with The Noguchi Museum.

Isamu Noguchi explored the sculptural medium throughout his career, often extending beyond the gallery into the commercial and public realm through design. Observing that playgrounds offer a physical and social interaction not typically seen in a museum, he designed a number of public spaces where visitors could physically and actively engage with art. Noguchi’s Playscapes, organized by the Museo Tamayo, revisits his designs for several playgrounds, as well as stand-alone play structures. Through models, sketches, set designs, and archival images, the exhibition offers a view of Noguchi’s vision for new experiences of art, education, and humanity through play. While few were realized, Noguchi’s playscapes continue to inspire contemporary designers to consider play as a strategy for building community and stimulating creativity in the everyday. More details at sfmoma.org.

Image: Isamu Noguchi, Maquette for US Pavilion Expo, 1970. Painted plaster. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY.