Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center
March 25, 2017
through January 7, 2018
Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the wartime directive that authorized the internment of Japanese citizens and American citizens of Japanese heritage living in the Western United States, this exhibition explores Isamu Noguchi’s decision to voluntarily enter Poston War Relocation Center, located in the Arizona desert, in the hopes that he could “contribute something positive to this forcibly displaced community.”
The exhibition focuses on twelve of his sculptural works, arranged chronologically from 1941 to 1944, directly before, during, and after his seven-month internment at Poston. These pieces, along with a substantial selection of archival documents, trace the development of his work during the crucial period when he made the transition from his early figurative work to the Modernist style for which he became known.
Noguchi had a prolific career spanning six decades. Well-known examples of his work include a 1947 coffee table for Herman Miller (still in production today), set designs for Martha Graham productions, outdoor sculpture such as the Red Cube at Manhattan’s Marine Midland Bank, and public spaces such as the Peace Garden at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and the Philip A. Hart Plaza in Detroit.
Through January 7, 2018
The Noguchi Museum
Long Island City, NY
Week of March 19th
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