Recently, OHNY staffer Hae-In visited the Noguchi Museum which houses the works of Isamu Noguchi, including the artist’s works in stone, metal, wood, and clay, as well as models for public projects and gardens, dance sets, and Akari Light Sculptures. Designed by Noguchi, the Museum is made up of thirteen galleries in a converted factory building. It first opened in 1985 and re-opened in June 2004 after a two-and-a-half year long renovation. The renovation created the Museum’s education center, a new cafe and gift shop, improved handicap accessibility, and a heating and cooling system that allows the Museum to remain open year-round.

Noguchi first level gallery

The Museum retains the raw industrial factory space feel, especially in the first floor galleries, which serve as a clean, simple background for Noguchi’s stoneworks.  The museum provides laminated cards that show the names of the various sculptures and materials. Many of the sculptures highlight the contrast of textures, polished and rough, and some have carved out areas and holes.

Scultpure garden entrance

The garden space provides a serene oasis, with a path winding past some of Noguchi’s major granite and basalt sculptures and trees and bamboo. Benches also allow visitors to sit and take in the sculptures in the open air.

Upstairs gallery

The upstairs collection also showcases Noguchi’s range, with works dating back to his early years, as well as his collaborative works with other artists.

Sculptures in the garden

The Noguchi Museum offers a variety of education and public programs that seek to introduce the work and vision of Isamu Noguchi to diverse audiences. As a sculptor, Noguchi aimed to unlock the beauty of each rock. The museum’s simple design and calm atmosphere reflect Noguchi’s artistic sensibility and provide a quiet refuge amidst the industrial area of Long Island City.

Noguchi Museum
3338 10th Street, Long Island City, NY

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