Public Programs Archive

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View our archive of past public programs.

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Public Tour with Artist Leah Raintree
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Visitors are invited to join exhibiting artist Leah Raintree on an hour-long walk through the Museum and her current exhibition, Another Land: After Noguchi. This conversational tour will introduce you to the Museum’s collection, and Raintree’s experience developing a relationship between her own work and Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures through photography.

 

Free with Museum admission. Advance reservations are not required.

 

Image: Installation view, Leah Raintree, Another Land: After Noguchi. Photo: Nicholas Knight.

Artists at Noguchi | Bang on a Can Music Series with Martin Bresnick, Argus String Quartet & Friends
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

On September 11, the Argus String Quartet & Friends will play a concert featuring the music of Martin Bresnick, in honor of the composer’s 70th birthday. Bresnick’s expressive and direct music has influenced a generation of composers, including many Bang on a Can regulars. The program is fancifully titled "Homeward bound with a lawyer-horse, mice, and a worker who reads," and will include his Going Home, String Quartet #2 (Bucephalus), Josephine the Singer, and Songs of the Mouse People. www.argusquartet.com and www.martinbresnick.com.

 

"Argus Quartet...played with supreme melodic control and total authority" Calgary Herald

 

The Argus Quartet is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse repertoire – connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners is at the core of the quartet’s mission. Argus recently began an appointment as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence and is the first ensemble to be mentored by the Brentano String Quartet in that capacity.

 

Press Release (PDF)

 

For the sixth year in a row, The Noguchi Museum partners with Bang on a Can to present an innovative performance series held at the Museum. This performance will take place in the ground-floor indoor gallery. Performances are free with Museum admission, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Image: Martin Bresnick. Photo by Mark Ostow.

Community Day
Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

The Noguchi Museum celebrates its neighbors by offering this annual series of Community Days in the summer, with free admission, and special programming and activities. Join us for the final Community Day for the 2016 season.

 

11 am–2 pm: Open Studio

A drop-in program for families with children between the ages of 2–11. Advance registration is not required. Includes educator-led activities in the galleries and hands-on art making workshops. In this Open Studio session, families will begin by exploring the contrast between light and dark in Another Land: After Noguchi, a project by Leah Raintree. Afterwards, families will explore drawing techniques in a dark studio with a dramatically lit sculpture as their model.

 

2 pm: Public Tour

An informal public tour of the Museum and its collection.

 

4 pm: Center of Attention

An hour-long conversation around a single work of art. This installment focuses on Noguchi's Contoured Playground, 1941, featured in Highlights from the Collection: Design Into Art.

 

Photo: Taylor Brown.

Free First Friday - Extended Summer Hours
Friday, September 2, 2016 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month year-round, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm.

 

Extended Summer First Friday hours culminate this month, with free gallery talks, and a cash bar and drinks in the garden in the evening. (Refreshments are free for Museum members.)

 

At 7 pm, please join us for Center of Attention, an hour-long conversation around a single work of art. In this installment, we will discuss Isamu Noguchi's 'Contoured Playground,' 1941, as featured in Highlights from the Collection: Design Into Art.

 

Photo: Taylor Brown.

Members & Friends: Gimlets in the Garden
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Exclusively for Museum members and supporters, this special evening includes carefully-crafted cocktails by Astoria Distilling Company and Haber's Tonic Co., and curator-led tours of our current exhibitions.

 

Become a Museum member here. Special thanks to Astoria Distilling Company and Haber's Tonic Co.

 

Photo: Sara Luckey.

Artists at Noguchi | Bang on a Can Music Series with American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)
Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

"Contemporary music dynamos" –NPR

 

On August 14, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), praised by The New York Times for its "tight, viscerally powerful performances," plays Philip Glass' luminous String Quartet No. 5 from 1991 and Meredith Monk's only string quartet Stringsongs from 2005, which they recently recorded for Q2 Music's Meet the Composer Series. ACME Artistic Director Clarice Jensen gives the world premiere of ACME violinist/violist and composer Caleb Burhans' brand new solo cello piece, written for her. www.acmemusic.org

 

For the sixth year in a row, The Noguchi Museum partners with Bang on a Can to present this innovative performance series held in the Museum's outdoor sculpture garden. (In case of rain or artist's preference, concerts will take place in the galleries.) Performances are free with Museum admission, and seating is available on garden benches and floor mats, on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Photo: Mark Shelby Perry

Community Day
Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

The Noguchi Museum celebrates its neighbors by offering this annual series of Community Days, with free admission all day, and special programming and activities.

 

11 am–2 pm: Open Studio

A drop-in program for families with children between the ages of 2–11. Advance registration is not required. Includes educator-led activities in the galleries and hands-on art making workshops. In this Open Studio session, families will take inspiration from the textures found in Noguchi's sculptures, and learn how to work with textures to create their own collagraph print.

 

2 pm: Public Tour

An informal public tour of the Museum and its collection.

 

4 pm: Center of Attention

An hour-long conversation around a single work of art. This installment focuses on Noguchi's Akari light sculptures, featured in Highlights from the Collection: Design Into Art.

 

Photo: Taylor Brown.

Free First Friday - Extended Summer Hours
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

On the first Friday of every month year-round, the Museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm.

 

Extended Summer First Friday hours continue this month, with free gallery talks, and a cash bar and drinks in the garden in the evening. (Refreshments are free for Museum members.)

 

At 7 pm, please join us for Center of Attention, an hour-long conversation around a single work of art. In this installment, we will discuss Isamu Noguchi's Akari light sculptures, as featured in Highlights from the Collection: Design Into Art.

 

Photo: Taylor Brown.

Artists at Noguchi | Bang on a Can Music Series with Iva Bittová
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

For the sixth year in a row, The Noguchi Museum partners with Bang on a Can to present an innovative performance series held in the Museum's outdoor sculpture garden. (In case of rain, concerts will take place in the galleries.) Performances are free with Museum admission, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

On July 10, Bang on a Can will present the renowned Czech violinist/singer/composer Iva Bittová and her son, pianist Antonin Fajt. Bittová is recognized worldwide for her unique solo style, displaying a musical worldview and visionary creativity unlike any other. New York magazine describes her sound as, "invigorating, urgent, and also soothing; it is a fusion of Old World and new-music sensibilities." The duo will perform their own compositions, improvisations, plus Moravian and Slovakian songs by Leos Janáček and Bela Bartók, arranged by Bittová and Fajt. www.bittova.com

 

Tea Ceremony with Johnny Fogg
Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

As part of the exhibition Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, Tom Sachs' colleague in Tea, Johnny Fogg, will perform tea ceremony for two or three guests. During the demonstration, the tea house walls will be removed, enabling all Museum visitors to observe the ceremony. Performances are included with Museum admission.

 

Applications to be a guest for this tea ceremony are now closed. If you applied to be a guest, please be present one hour before the ceremony and check in to be eligible for selection by lottery.

 

All visitors who are not selected are encouraged to watch the ceremony and enjoy tea in the Cafe, or take part in additional abbreviated matcha services that Johnny Fogg will be offering for small groups in the garden between the formal ceremonies.

 

Photo: Joshua White for jwpictures.com.