The Noguchi Museum was founded and designed by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988), one of the most acclaimed sculptors and designers of the twentieth century. Opened to the public in 1985, it was the first museum in America to be established by a living artist for the display and understanding of his work.
The Museum is housed in a converted 1920s industrial building and is itself considered to be one of the artist’s greatest achievements. The Museum’s two-story facility houses ten galleries and an exquisite outdoor sculpture garden. As a whole, it is a gem among New York City’s many cultural institutions, providing an intimate, reflective space in which to experience the range of Noguchi’s work.
In the galleries, visitors will find a comprehensive selection of the artist’s sculpture in stone, metal, wood, and clay, as well as drawings, models for public projects and gardens, stage sets, furniture, and his Akari Light Sculptures, all drawn from the Museum’s vast collection. Consistent with Noguchi’s belief that art is experiential, the work is displayed without the distancing of platforms or barriers, and unaccompanied by wall text. The collection-based installations are complemented by temporary exhibitions that illuminate Noguchi’s life and practice, as well as the cultural context in which he worked and his ongoing legacy.