Brett Littman, Director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, has announced plans to create a unified campus that will better preserve Isamu Noguchi’s work and legacy, increasing public access to the collection and enabling the Museum to expand its roster of exhibitions and public programs.
With the original Museum and sculpture garden established by the artist in 1985 at its core, the expanded campus will also include a new 6,000-square-foot building to house the Museum’s collection and archive and Noguchi’s original 1959 studio building, which will be restored and open to the public for the first time in history. The project will be undertaken in two stages.
Littman explains, “Isamu Noguchi was a fearless, category-defying, cross-disciplinary polymath, and our new Noguchi campus, which will include the Art and Archive Building and the renovation of his 10th Street studio and apartment, will allow us to better reflect on the complex nature of Noguchi’s work and life. With greater—and easier—access to our collection and archive for our curators and researchers and a new programming space in the 10th Street studio, the Museum will be poised to more deeply explore Noguchi’s increasing relevance to and influence on the contemporary world. At the same time, it will continue to welcome visitors of all ages and backgrounds.”