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January 18, 2017 to January 7, 2018

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Noguchi Museum
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City  New York  11106
United States
718-204-7088
Noguchi Museum

Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center

Image: Isamu Noguchi, Yellow Landscape, 1943. Magnesite, wood, string, metal fishing weight. Photo: Kevin Noble / ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS).

February 19, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the notorious wartime directive that authorized the internment of Japanese citizens and American citizens of Japanese heritage living in the Western United States. This exhibition explores Noguchi’s extraordinary decision—despite being exempt from internment as a resident of New York—to enter the Poston War Relocation Center, in the Arizona desert, hoping to contribute something positive to this forcibly displaced community, to which he had never felt more connected. In Noguchi’s words, “Thus I willfully became part of humanity uprooted.”

Curated by Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart, Self-Interned, 1942 brings together about two dozen works from the Museum’s collection, dating from before, during, and after Noguchi’s time at Poston, along with a substantial selection of archival documents. Together these evoke this harrowing moment in the history of American democracy, while revealing the impact that his experience at Poston had on Noguchi’s art.