Public Programs Archive

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View our archive of past public programs.

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Artists at Noguchi | Bang on a Can Music Series featuring Bang on Ja-Pan
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

This summer for the fourth year, The Noguchi Museum partners once again with Bang on a Can to present an innovative performance series held in the Museum's celebrated sculpture garden.

 

On July 13, Music in the Garden will present a concert specially curated by Bang on Can including music by contemporary Japanese composers Michio KitazumeDai Fujikura, Kazuo Fukushima, and Toru Takemitsu. The music will be performed by flutists Kelli Kathmann and Jessica Schmitz, vocalist Daisy Press, and percussionist Carson Moody.

 

Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers; performs, presents, and records new work; develops new audiences; and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders. For more information, visit www.bangonacan.org

 

 

 

 

Community Day
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

On July 6th, August 3rd, and September 7, friends and neighbors are invited to visit the Museum for free admission and a variety of programs. Open Studio will take place from 11:00am to 3:00pm. A free public tour offered at 2:00pm, and from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, there will be a special Center of Attention conversation focusing on a single work of art.

Free First Friday
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, admission is free and public tours led in English and Japanese are available at 2:00pm. During spring and summer months, Free First Fridays also feature extended evening hours from 5:00 to 8:00pm with special programming, including Center of Attention (an extended conversation around a single work of art), and a cash bar with wine and beer. During select months, film screenings curated in collaboration with the Architecture and Design Film Festival at 7:00pm.

 

This July's film selection will be Tadao Ando - From Emptiness to Infinity  by Director Mathias Frick (German with subtitles)

 

This documentary portrays one of the world’s most renowned architects - Tadao Ando, the Japanese Master of Minimalism. His award-winning brutalist architecture creates a spectacular connection between Japanese tradition and contemporary modernism. The film introduces Andos’s world-famous buildings and accompanies him and his work as he shares his sources of inspiration and motivation.

 

 

Artists at Noguchi | Bang on a Can Music Series with Dither
Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

This summer for the fourth year, The Noguchi Museum partners once again with Bang on a Can for an innovative performance series held in the Museum's celebrated sculpture garden.

 

Kicking off this summer’s series is New York based electric guitar quartet Dither performing music by John Zorn, David Lang and more. Dither features some of the leading young guitarists in the New York contemporary scene. Formed in 2007, the quartet comprisesTaylor Levine, Joshua Lopes, James Moore and Gyan Riley. Dither has worked with a wide range of contemporary artists and developed a sound spanning composed music, improvisation and electronic manipulation. Henceforth released their debut self-titled album in 2010.

 

“This is one of those albums that sounds like it was an awful lot of fun to make, in places more so than it is to listen to. Incorporating elements of noise-rock, dreampop, guitar jazz, classical and the avant-garde, Dither's dense, hypnotic, overtone-laden instrumentals are imaginative, clever, sometimes subtly funny, other times flat-out assaultive.” – Steve Smith, The New York Times

 

Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers; performs, presents, and records new work; develops new audiences; and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders. For more information, visit www.bangonacan.org

 

 

 

Free First Friday
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, admission is free and public tours led in English and Japanese are available at 2:00pm. During spring and summer months, Free First Fridays also feature extended evening hours from 5:00 to 8:00pm with special programming, including Center of Attention (an extended conversation around a single work of art), and a cash bar with wine and beer. During select months, film screenings curated in collaboration with the Architecture and Design Film Festival at 7:00pm. 

Noguchi Talks | How Sculpture Collapses Time
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

If painting is culture, sculpture is civilization. Which is to say sculptors tend to think big and have long time horizons. Even today sculptors remain engaged with the same millennia's worth of milestones: Cycladic idols, the Easter Island heads, Egyptian anatomy, Michelangelo’s Slaves. Noguchi once told an interviewer "The older things are, the better I like them." On the other hand, as an early technological utopian and a born engineer, Noguchi believed that ingenuity and invention would eventually unite the planet in peace and prosperity. This paradox is often reflected in work that is ambiguously rooted in a moment either 10,000 years ago or 10,000 years from now: golden ages both.

 

Working from the latest installation of highlights from the permanent collection, Noguchi Archaic/Noguchi Modern, Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of The Noguchi Museum, will focus on different ways Noguchi collapsed the past and the future—often, following Hiroshima and Nagasaki, out of fear for the present.

 

 

Noguchi Talks | Beginnings
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Often referred to as his greatest work of art, Isamu Noguchi opened The Noguchi Museum to the public in 1985 and it remains the first museum in the country founded by an artist during his lifetime and dedicated to his own work. The Museum is comprised of two floors of gallery space and an outdoor sculpture garden. In the last decade, the Museum's second floor galleries have alternated between showcasing Noguchi's original installation of the gallery spaces and exhibitions highlighting Noguchi's work through the lens of his contemporaries and teachers, specific genres of his production, and his working process. Conversely, since the Museum's inception, the first floor has largely remained the way Noguchi left it, each work placed by the artist with purpose and intent.  

 

Heather Brady, Head of Education of The Noguchi Museum, will engage guests in a conversation surrounding recent changes to the Museum's original first floor installation. Visitors will have the opportunity to take an in-depth look at Beginnings (1985), a sculpture composed of five distinct stone elements, and explore Noguchi's interests in natural materials and space as sculpture. 

 

This program will take place in the Museum's first floor galleries. 

 

Artists at Noguchi | Labor of Love
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 11:30am - 5:30pm

Labor of Love is a new durational performance created for The Noguchi Museum in the spirit of Noguchi's reverence for all creation by performance artist Ernesto Pujol working with sculptor Lesley Dill. From just after opening to just before closing, Pujol and Dill will be drawing on twelve Japanese paper scrolls at identical facing tables in the Museum's galleries in complete silence. Every half hour, at the toll of an obsidian Sounding Stone made by Noguchi (used here for the first time), they will exchange stations.

 

The performance will take place from 11:30 am to 5:30pm and no registration is required.

 

 

 

Free First Friday
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month, admission is free and public tours led in English and Japanese are available at 2:00pm. During spring and summer months, Free First Fridays also feature extended evening hours from 5:00 to 8:00pm with special programming, including Center of Attention (an extended conversation around a single work of art), and a cash bar with wine and beer. During select months, film screenings curated in collaboration with the Architecture and Design Film Festival at 7:00pm.

 

This May's film selection will be The Oyler House: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat  by Director Mike Dorsey

 

In 1959 a working-class government employee in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California, asked world-famous modern architect Richard Neutra to design his modest family home. To his surprise, Neutra agreed. Thus began an unlikely friendship that would last for the rest of Neutra’s life. The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat tells the story of this house and its stunning desert setting, through interviews with Richard Oyler, actress Kelly Lynch, who currently owns the house, Neutra'stwo sons, and well-known LA real estate agent Crosby Doe.

 

 

Visions of Tomorrow: Art and Commerce at the 1939 New York World's Fair
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Early on in the planning process for the 1939/1940 World's Fair, the potential existed for Noguchi to be involved in the Fair in three different ways that are emblematic of his flexibility, values, and interests. First he applied as an independent artist to produce sculpture for the Fair's public areas. The selection committee asked him to supply additional materials, but in the end he was not chosen. In the wake of that rejection, however, he requested a list of corporations planning pavilions which is how he ended up building a fountain for Ford Motor Company. Simultaneous with his independent application and the project for Ford, he was also working on a major sculpture for the facade of a proposed (but unexecuted)  Model Community Center designed by the Architects, Painters, and Sculptors Collaborative. 

 

 

Helen Harrison, Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center and Editor of Dawn of a New Day: The New York World's Fair, 1939/40, will discuss ways in which artists' participation in the fair, both directly and as the subcontractors of other participating organizations, reflected the planners' agenda, and what role art played in promoting the Fair's ostensible aim, "Building the world of tomorrow."