Noguchi Museum’s Summer Fun


Above photo: Akari Cloud installation; part of Akari: Sculpture by Other Means. 
Photo Nicholas Knight. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / Artists Rights Society (ARS) Above photo: Akari Cloud installation; part of Akari: Sculpture by Other Means. Photo Nicholas Knight. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / Artists Rights Society (ARS) Page 18 July 2018

Noguchi Museum announced its August Public Programming.

Extended Hours on Free First Fridays: Friday, August 3, 10 am–8 pm

Special evening hours (5–8 pm) are in effect at the museum on the first Friday of the month through September, with a wine-and-beer cash bar. Admission is free on the first Friday of every month throughout the year, with tours of collection highlights and special exhibitions offered at 2 pm in English and Japanese.

Center of Attention

Friday, August 3, 2018, 6:30–7:30 pm

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 4–5 pm

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 3:30– 4:30 pm

Akari Cloud installation, Isamu Noguchi’s Akari light sculptures, 1954–71. Visitors are invited to engage in an hour-long discussion focused on the Akari Cloud installation, made up of 92 Akari light sculptures, that is part of the special exhibition Akari: Sculpture by Other Means. Free with Museum admission; advance registration is not required.


Photo at left: String Noise. 
Photo Chris-Bradley.com Photo at left: String Noise. Photo Chris-Bradley.com Community Day

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 11 am–6 pm

Free admission and special activities for friends and neighbors

11 am–2 pm (drop-in): Open Studio: activities in the galleries and hands-on art making workshops for families with children ages 2 through 11. From 2–3 pm: A public tour of highlights of the museum’s collection and special exhibitions, introducing visitors to Noguchi’s life and vision. From 4–5 pm: Center of Attention: an extended conversation about a single work of art (see above for description).

Artists at Noguchi | Bang on a Can Music Series: String Noise on Sunday, August 12, 3–4 pm

The popular Bang on a Can music series, now in its eighth year at The Noguchi Museum, continues with monthly performances held in the museum’s celebrated outdoor sculpture garden (or indoors in inclement weather). This year’s series is inspired in part by the exhibition Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, featuring Isamu Noguchi’s electrified paper, bamboo, and metal Akari light sculptures. Echoing the process behind Noguchi’s lanterns, with their blending of ancient craft and modern technology, the artists featured in this summer’s concerts find innovation by bringing together classic and contemporary traditions, including those of Japanese, American, classical, folk, acoustic, and electric music.

Performances are free with Museum admission; seating, on garden benches and floor mats, is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Blurring the lines between classical and experimental avant-garde, violin duo String Noise (Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim) reinvent the listening experience by playing each piece continuously, with improvisational interludes. They will perform music written for them by David Lang, Pauline Kim Harris, Jessie Cox, and Aleksandra Vrebalov, as well as pieces from 2018 Guggenheim fellow Eric Lyon’s The Book of Strange Positions, the title work of their debut album on Northern Spy Records. stringnoiseduo.com

The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City. noguchi.org | 718.204.7088.

  
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