Noguchi Museum
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Unknown, 1927; Renovation, Isamu Noguchi, 1985; Renovation, Sage and Coombe Architects, 2004

Founded and designed by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-88), The Noguchi Museum is the first museum in the United States to be established by a living artist and is itself considered one of his greatest works. Comprised of 27,000 square feet of gallery space and an outdoor sculpture garden, the Museum presents an ongoing installation of work from the collection, and special exhibitions and educational programming that offer a rich, contextualized view of the artist's practice, career, and ongoing influence.

February 19, 2017, marked the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the notorious wartime directive that authorized the internment of Japanese citizens and American citizens of Japanese heritage living in the Western United States. "Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center" explores Noguchi's extraordinary decision-despite being exempt from internment as a resident of New York-to enter the Poston War Relocation Center, in the Arizona desert, hoping to contribute something positive to this forcibly displaced community, to which he had never felt more connected. In Noguchi's words, "Thus I willfully became part of humanity uprooted."

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: Tours of the exhibition "Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center" with curators will be offered at 1pm on both days. OpenDialogue tours with architect Jennifer Sage of Sage and Coombe, which renovated the building in 2004, will be offered at 3pm on both days.

Since the first OHNY Weekend in 2003, this site is one of almost 50 have participated for 10 or more years. When you visit, please thank them for championing an open city! To see a full list of 15th Anniversary sites, click here.

This site is part of the special series Celebrating Civic Excellence, highlighting buildings completed or renovated through the NYC Department of Design and Construction’s Design + Construction Excellence program. Click here to read more and see the full list of participating sites.


Image Credit: ARS. Photos by Nick Knight