This Monday at 6:30 pm: “Isamu Noguchi: Visionary Designer,” a lecture by Deborah A. Goldberg

Isamu Noguchi

This Monday, September 8th, the Visual & Critical Studies department will present “Isamu Noguchi: Visionary Designer,” our first entry in SVA’s fall 2014 Art in the First Person lecture series. Here’s a brief description of the lecture:

Isamu Noguchi: Visionary Designer
Deborah A. Goldberg, Ph.D.
Monday September 8, 6:30 pm, 133 West 21 Street, Room 101C

In the 1930s, the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi began to design everyday objects, monuments, and public projects, including a playground, a baby monitor, and a fountain for the Ford Motor Company’s pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair. On the occasion of the exhibition, “Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder: Designing the World of Tomorrow,” currently on view at the Noguchi Museum, this lecture will study

his early pioneering designs and their relationship to his sculpture. The exhibition draws from research contained in Deborah A. Goldberg’s dissertation on the artist. She is writing a catalogue for an upcoming exhibition on Noguchi’s design career at Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Gallery at St. John’s University that will open in January 2015.

Deborah A. Goldberg is an art historian and writer, who received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. An instructor at the School of Visual Arts, she lectures regularly for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, where she teaches courses.

“Isamu Noguchi: Visionary Designer” will take place this Monday, September 8th at 6:30 p.m. in room 101C at 133 West 21 Street in New York City. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Early next week, I will be back with a follow-up post about the other VCS-sponsored events in this semester’s Art in the First Person lecture series.


[top image: Isamu Noguchi, “1000 Horsepower Heart,” circa 1938, plaster, paint. Courtesy of the Noguchi Museum. – F.S. Lincoln photo]

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