Noguchi’s Center Of Attention


The Noguchi Museum’s most recent Center most recently was Okiagari-Koboshi, a 2018 piece by Jorge Palacios. The Noguchi Museum’s most recent Center most recently was Okiagari-Koboshi, a 2018 piece by Jorge Palacios. The Noguchi Museum hosts its continuing series, Center of Attention, a guided conversation about a single, displayed work of art. Employees and patrons studied and discussed Okiagari-Koboshi, a 2018 piece by Jorge Palacios on Sunday, Jan. 13. Consisting of accoya wood in a swan shape, Okiagari-Koboshi is named after ancient roly-poly Japanese dolls that bounce back up after being knocked down.

Palacios, who was born in Madrid in 1979, specializes in sculptures for urban public spaces. Through shapes and texture, he creates movement within static pieces, especially wood composites. He then positions them in a way that interacts with audiences, thus creating more movement.

Okiagari-Koboshi was one of nine sculptures in the Jorge Palacios at Noguchi Museum exhibition, which ran until Jan. 20. Another piece, “The Singularity of the Curve,” features two perpendicular bamboo sheets connected by a long sphere that gives the illusion of pulling the sheets together. All nine Palacios sculptures are integrated into the permanent installation, and most are eerily similar to some of Isamu Noguchi’s marble creations from the 1960s.

Center of Attention is free with museum admission. Noguchi’s 1973 piece “PL2” will be the focus of the next Center of Attention, which is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3:30 pm.

The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-1 33rd Rd. in Long Island City.

  
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