Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern

November 11, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Isamu Noguchi, Grey Sun, 1967, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, West Floor Plan

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was among the most innovative American sculptors of the twentieth century, creating works that were far ahead of his time. His design for Sculpture to Be Seen from Mars (1947) anticipates the space age by several decades. Yet Noguchi frequently found inspiration in ancient art and architecture, from Egyptian pyramids, to Buddhist temples and Zen gardens, to American Indian burial mounds. The exhibition Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern is the first full-scale exhibition to explore how the ancient world shaped this artist’s innovative vision for the future. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.