Isamu Noguchi, born to a Japanese father and American mother in 1904, struggled with self-identity and his dual heritage, which he transformed into statues, gardens and furniture. Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Hayden Herrera discusses Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi, her new major biography of one of America’s most iconic sculptors. Moderating the discussion is acclaimed art critic and author Irving Sandler, who is a contributing editor at Art in America.
Noguchi traveled ceaselessly around the world for inspiration, creating unique works and projects that formed a powerful link between East and West, including the Noguchi Museum in Queens. Through Noguchi’s hallmark massive sculptures of interlocking wood, Zen-like gardens of granite and stone slides, along with his personal relationships, Herrera reveals an intense and elusive artist who mixed a subtle playfulness into his work and life.
Followed by a reception.
Stories from the War
Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society presents the Society-wide series Stories from the War. Encompassing theater performances, film screenings, lectures, panels and educational opportunities for young people, programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U.S. and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens.
Tickets: $12/$8 Japan Society members, students & seniors
- April 21, 2015
- 6:30 pm