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Art Museum Day | Free Admission
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Admission is free in celebration of Art Museum Day, an event organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) to recognize the role of museums as points of connectivity within communities.


Join us for a free public tour of the Museum, its collection and special exhibitions at 2 pm.

Tour of ‘Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA,’ with Valérie Maltaverne and Dakin Hart
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join Oui Design for a tour of Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA, led by Valérie Maltaverne, Founder and Director of YMER&MALTA (pictured), and Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of The Noguchi Museum.




Launched in 2016 by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and its partner foundation FACE, Oui Design is a program which fosters creative exchange in design between France and the United States.


Major support for Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA is provided by Van Cleef & Arpels and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation through Oui Design, a program initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and FACE, supported by Institut Français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, the Florence Gould Foundation, and Van Cleef & Arpels. Additional funding has been provided by Fondation Chanel. The exhibition is also supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Free First Friday - Extended Summer Hours
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm. Extended summer hours begin this month and continue through September. Cash bar in the evening; free refreshments for Museum members.


2 pm: Gallery Tours

Join us for an informal public tour of highlights of the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.


5 pm: Teen Movement Workshop

High schoolers are invited to join the Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board [TAB] for a free movement workshop with artist Simone Johnson. Limited capacity; RSVP recommended to


6:30 pm: Center of Attention

Participate in an extended conversation around Isamu Noguchi’s marble sculpture Euripides (1966).

Noguchi Talks | Miya Ando and Dakin Hart
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Artist Miya Ando and Dakin Hart, the Museum’s Senior Curator, discuss Miya Ando: Clouds. Free with Museum admission; advance registration is not required.


On view April 25–August 19, 2018, the works—suspended plate-glass sculptures internally etched with images of clouds—evoke Isamu Noguchi’s interest in sculpting ephemeral materials, and in using them to shape space.

Members: Opening Reception for ‘Miya Ando: Clouds’
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Noguchi Museum members and supporters are invited to a private preview and reception in celebration of Miya Ando: Clouds, on view April 25, 2017– August 19, 2018.


This event is for current members and invited guests only. To join us at exhibition openings and member events, enjoy year-round free admission, and many other benefits, become a member or renew your membership here


For more information, email Patrick McIntyre at or call 718.204.7088 ext 238.

Artists at Noguchi | Musical Performance: Sounds of Akari
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Featuring Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Ashley Jackson, and Alice Teyssier


In celebration of the exhibition Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, The Noguchi Museum presents Sounds of Akari, a musical performance by violist Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, harpist Ashley Jackson, and flutist Alice Teyssier in a program featuring an original composition by Lanzilotti and works by Claude Debussy, Andrew Norman, and Toru Takemitsu.


Inspired by the poetic, ephemeral nature of Isamu Noguchi’s Akari, Lanzilotti incorporates sounds of Akari themselves into her work for flute, viola, and harp. Recordings of tapping, opening and closing, and rubbing the washi paper, bamboo, and wire of the lanterns evoke the feeling of being inside the light sculptures. Additionally, the three instrumental parts of the composition draw subtly from the other pieces on the program, incorporating works of the past as Noguchi was inspired by the transformation of traditional paper lanterns into modern lights.


Following the premiere of Lanzilotti’s work, the program will continue with three other works that evoke the fragility and lightness of Akari. Itinerant was written by Takemitsu in memory of Noguchi shortly after his death. The work changes moods frequently to reflect the transient nature of Noguchi’s life. Norman’s Sabina recalls sunrise in the Church of Santa Sabina, in Rome, Italy, drawing a comparison to the way that Akari makes light soft and beautiful by filtering it through washi paper. Finally, Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp moves through moments of lightness and joy and fragile sound as timbres of these three instruments combine.


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This program is free and coincides with Free First Friday, with free admission offered throughout the day.

Free First Friday
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Museum admission is free all day on the first Friday of every month. Tours of collection highlights and special exhibitions are offered at 2 pm, in English and Japanese.


Isamu Noguchi, Uruguayan, 1973. Granite.

Members: Breakfast Reception & Tour of ‘Akari’ and ‘Akari Unfolded’
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Noguchi Museum members are invited to a breakfast reception and private curator-led tour of the newly-opened special exhibitions Akari: Sculpture by Other Means and Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA, on view February 28, 2018– January 27, 2019.


Breakfast reception at 10 am; tour begins at 10:30 am.


To RSVP or become a member and join us at this event, contact Patrick McIntyre: or 718.204.7088 ext 238.


To receive free admission year-round, invitations to exhibition opening receptions, discounts on Akari light sculptures, and many other benefits, become a member or renew your membership here


Akari PL2, designed c.1973, and Akari 1A, designed c. 1952. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS).

Noguchi Talks | Dakin Hart: The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Dakin Hart, the Museum’s Senior Curator, will lead a tour of The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca (on view through March 11, 2018). Admission is free all day on March 2 as part of Free First Friday; advance registration is not required.


Gonzalo Fonseca, Pendulum Ship, 1985. Bronze and gold. Courtesy of the Estate of Gonzalo Fonseca. Photo: EPW Studio/Maris Hutchinson.

Free First Friday
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

On the first Friday of every month year-round, Museum admission is free all day. Extended First Friday evening hours begin in May.


Tours of the Museum and highlights of its collection and special exhibitions are offered at 2 pm, in English and Japanese.


Installation view, The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca, on view through March 11, 2018. Photo: Nicholas Knight.