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Noguchi Conversations: Collaborations and Partnerships

Isamu Noguchi studying models with Masatoshi Izumi in Mure, Japan, c.1970s

Curators and researchers Alexandra Chang and John Tain discuss and consider collaborations and partnerships across art forms, disciplines, and socio-political contexts in the current global condition.

Although Isamu Noguchi achieved international recognition for having masterminded monumental public sculptural works and innovative forms for everyday use, his multi-faceted career as a sculptor was very much nurtured and developed in his professional and personal relationships. From the US to Japan, his journey is interwoven with stories of friendships, collaborations and partnerships that transcended borders and produced a rich body of works, from theatre sets to playground models, from landscape designs to furniture and lighting. Taking inspiration from his approach, this conversation reflects on the role and impact of collaboration in artistic and curatorial practice.

The conversation will be moderated by Noguchi: Resonances curator-in-residence, Annie Jael Kwan.

This online event is part of a digital residency at the Barbican, Noguchi: Resonances which has emerged as an ongoing collaborative exploration in response to Noguchi, our current exhibition celebrating Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988).

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Noguchi: Resonances

Our digital residency offers a unique insight into Isamu Noguchi, as artists, curators and thinkers reflect on his archive and artistic legacy


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Noguchi: In His Own Words

Isamu Noguchi, on his own career and practice. He talks about his sources of inspiration, his process and why it was important to him that his art was accessible to all. 

Noguch animation by James Yang

Noguchi Family Activities

Take inspiration from Isamu Noguchi's art and learn more about his distinctive style with these fun animated activities to make you and your family feel creative.

Illustrations by James Yang, author of 'A Boy Named Isamu'

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Noguchi: Exhibition Guide

Read the Noguchi exhibition guide and get yourself familiar with the works before visiting. Featuring section introductions and a Gallery map. 

An image of akari lights the Noguchi exhibition

How Noguchi Created an Icon

Isamu Noguchi’s Akari light sculptures are a familiar sight in homes worldwide and have spawned many imitations. This is the story behind the ubiquitous light. 

An image of Noguchi carving in his studio

Introducing Isamu Noguchi

Assistant Curator at The Noguchi Museum in New York, Kate Wiener introduces the life and work of Japanese American sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, drawing from Noguchi’s autobiographical writings and documents from The Noguchi Museum Archives.