Noguchi: Useless Architecture
Noguchi: Useless Architecture
This exhibition speaks to Isamu Noguchi’s ambition to sculpt spaces free from the specific responsibilities of architecture and to create sculptures imbued with more than purely theoretical, aesthetic purpose.
The Noguchi Museum
May 19, 2021 to May 08, 2022
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Exhibition details

Arranged in thematic installations – Ruins, Theater Space, Architectural Metaphors, Terraces and Panorama, Postmodern Akari, Ends – the exhibition of about 50 works explores how Noguchi drew on architecture to supercharge his efforts to make sculpture civic, communal, and environmental.

About the artist

Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was one of the 20th century’s most important and critically acclaimed sculptors. Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs.


The Isamu Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City, New York 11106

Image: Isamu Noguchi and Arata Isozaki, Space of Akari and Stone, Yurakucho Art Forum, Tokyo (organized by Seibu Museum, Tokyo), February 9–20, 1985. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 02898. ©INFGM / ARS