Public Programs Archive

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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.

Noguchi Talks | Matt Kirsch: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Matt Kirsch, the Museum’s Curator of Research, will lead a tour of Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center. Free with Museum admission; advance registration is not required.

 

Self-Interned, 1942 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the notorious wartime directive that authorized the incarceration of Japanese citizens and American citizens of Japanese heritage living on the west coast. The exhibition examines Isamu Noguchi’s extraordinary decision to voluntarily enter the Poston War Relocation Center in the Arizona desert, despite being exempt from internment as a resident of New York.

 

Photo: Nicholas Knight.

Free First Friday
Friday, March 3, 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.

Artists at Noguchi | Kimi Maeda, ‘Bend’
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

As part of a special Community Day marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, The Noguchi Museum is pleased to welcome artist Kimi Maeda, who will present her solo performance, Bend, to accompany the exhibition Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center.

 

The performance tells the true story of two men interned in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II: Maeda’s father Robert Maeda, an Asian Art historian who suffered from dementia at the end of his life, and the subject of his research, Isamu Noguchi. Weaving together live feed projections of sand drawings with archival footage from the 1940s, Maeda’s performance poses important questions about how the Japanese American internment camps will be remembered. More about Maeda’s performance here.

 

Admission to the Museum is free all day on February 19, and includes admission to the 2 pm Public Tour, and 3 pm performance of Bend.

 

During the course of the exhibition, Maeda will also lead Art for Families and Open Studio programs to engage families with Noguchi’s story:

 

Art for Families (advance registration is required)

Sunday, February 19: Storytelling: Drawing in Sand

Saturday, February 25: Storytelling: Drawing in Sand

 

Open Studio (drop in program, no advance registration required)

Sunday, March 5: Sand Drawing

 

Photo: Kirk Murphy.

Community Day - Day of Remembrance
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:30am - 6:00pm

The Museum offers free admission all day and special programming in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II; and coinciding with the exhibition Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center.

 

Events:
10:30 am–12:30 pm: Art For Families, Storytelling: Drawing in Sand (registration/waitlist here)
2 pm: Public Tour of the Museum
3 pm: Artist Kimi Maeda performs Bend (details here)

 

Photo: Kirk Murphy.

The Rhythm Method String Quartet featuring Alice Teyssier | The Once and Future Maiden at The Noguchi Museum
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

In celebration of the exhibition of Noguchi’s two sculptures Birth (1934) and Death (1934) together in the same gallery for the first time, The Noguchi Museum presents The Rhythm Method String Quartet featuring Alice Teyssier in a program entitled The Once and Future Maiden. In the same way that Noguchi sought a lifelong balance between figuration and abstraction, the various compositional voices on this program deal with fragmented portraits of women in life and death.

 

Dai Fujikura’s silence seeking solace is at times whimsical and ecstatic and in the next instant desolate and cold, as the soprano weaves through the string quartet in whispers and virtuosic vocal leaps. Fujikura’s Deconstructing Franz is a response to the classic Schubert work, Death and the Maiden, bringing the idea of engaging in the history of art and curation to the concert. Leah Asher, known for her beautiful graphic scores, blends the alto flute and viola in delicate breaths and percussive edges in her new work If We Should Meet, Here. Asher’s work was written specifically for the performers on this concert, and developed through close collaboration. Finally, Anne Lanzilotti writes a new work for the occasion using two of Noguchi’s obsidian sound sculptures. It is the personal relationships between composers and performers that allows for interpretations which are extreme in their delicacy and physicality, and expose the intimacy and suffering in these works.

 

This program is free with Museum admission.

 

Image: Composer Dai Fujikura.

Free First Friday
Friday, February 3, 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.

Educator Workshop | Noguchi’s Internment: One Artist’s Story
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 9:30am - 3:00pm

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the wartime directive that authorized the incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans in the western United States. As a resident of New York, Isamu Noguchi wasn’t subject to internment, but he chose to enter the Poston War Relocation Center with hopes of contributing something positive to the community.

 

During this daylong professional development workshop, teachers will view the exhibition Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center and learn strategies for incorporating art into their classrooms. Using Noguchi’s letters and sculptures as primary resources, Senior Curator Dakin Hart and Museum Educators will discuss strategies for using Noguchi’s experience during this harrowing period in American history as a way to learn about Japanese American internment.

 

This free program is geared towards active 4th through 12th grade classroom teachers. Coffee and lunch will be served. Space is very limited, and registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Register here

 

For more information, email education@noguchi.org, or call 718-204-7088 ext. 203.

Free First Friday
Friday, January 6, 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.