My first question before seeing the Noguchi Museum was “how is a sanctuary for Modern Art a good place for kids?” well, we were given a private tour of the Noguchi Museum by Rebecca Herz, Head of Education and she was able to shed some light on the topic. “Children experience modern art in a different and more open way than adults do” she said as we walked quietly with three children around the museum. At first the kids didn’t quite know what to
do; they ran into the main exhibition room and said “what’s this?” once the realization of the fact that this was indeed nothing like any museum that they had ever seen the questions came in an almost constant stream. How is the stone made like that? Where does it come from? How do they make it? Who is Noguchi? Where was he from? And so on. This experience was like no other that I had ever exposed them to. I have always assumed that kids want to go to kids museums and would be bored by a place such as this. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This trip through the Noguchi opened their minds, calmed their souls, and gave them a thoughtful experience right at our back door.
About the Museum:
Created by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), The Noguchi Museum opened in 1985, presenting a collection of 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. The Museum is housed in thirteen galleries within a converted factory building and encircles a garden containing major granite and basalt sculptures.
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. These programs encourage the investigation of Noguchi’s work from different vantage points, and support participants as they experience the artist’s work from their own perspectives.
Up Coming Events at the Noguchi
Noguchi Museum will be hosting an innovative music series, the second Sunday of every month from June to September. With its unparalleled musical sensibility, award-winning recordings, and far-ranging commissioning programs, Bang on a Can is one of the world’s best recognized and most powerful ambassadors for contemporary music. The series features performances by artists from Cantaoupe Music, the record label created in 2001 by Bang on a Can’s founders, including French avant-pop composer-bassist Florent Ghys, drumming masters Talujon, legendary Bang on a Can All-Stars composer-clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, and low/high tech composer-inventor Tristan Perich.
Noguchi will be offering later evening hours on the first Friday of each month this summer. With pay-what-you-wish admission and a cash bar with wine and beer beginning at 5:30 pm, the Museum will remain open until 8 pm.
Free Gallery Talks take place at 2:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, and are open to all individual visitors. Reservations are not required. On First Fridays and Second Sundays the gallery talk is also available in Japanese.
Where: The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Rd Long Island City, NY 11106 (718) 204-7088