Mar 5, 2014 - Jan 11, 2015

Noguchi Archaic | Noguchi Modern

The Noguchi Museum

Archaic and modern are, in this context, meant to take shape in the eye of the beholder.  It is up to you to decide which is which, from platform to platform and object to object.  Dakin Hart, Senior Curator, The Noguchi Museum

On the wall are two simple but magnificent examples of Noguchi's ability to invoke the ancient history of art while conjuring the future and producing something distintive and entirely his own.

"The presumption to work as I do comes from the ability of new tools to incise our will upon matter-like a meeting from the opposite ends of time to resume on another level the continuity that has gone on eons." Isamu Noguchi

"I perceive my limitations even as I work. There are times when I see nothing but restrictions, barriers. Learning takes time." Isamu Noguchi

Inspired by nexuses of interest in Noguchi's work - space, the built and natural landscapes, the impact of weapons of mass destruction. - they are designed to open his sculptures to new interpretations and contemporary viewing.

Noguchi is not the only sculptor to combine equally strong interests in the archaic past and a sleekly engineered future. This seemingly paradoxical combination is almost intrinsic to the culture of sculpture.

Curated by Dakin Hart, The Noguchi Museum
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Noguchi Archaic/Noguchi Modern is curated by Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of The Noguchi Museum.

Photography by: Katharine Abbott
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