Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics

May 3, 2003 – September 7, 2003

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevels 1 and 2 Floor Plan

Best known for his abstract stone sculpture and public plazas, Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) also produced ceramics during short sojourns to Japan in 1931, 1950, and 1952. He explored ways in which the ceramic traditions of the past could inspire contemporary works. This large exhibition of 79 objects presents a selection of 43 of his ceramics, few of which have been exhibited in the United States since 1954. Also on view are 2 early portrait busts, sculptural vessels, and tableware as well as works demonstrating the evolution of Sodeisha artists' forms in unglazed Shigaraki clay. The exhibition includes loans from The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Long Island City, New York, and from museums and private collections in Japan.