Opens October 5 at the Portland Museum of Art
Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture investigates Noguchi’s expansive artistic practice by exploring his efforts to enlarge and challenge conventional notions of sculptural boundaries. Born in 1904, the Japanese-American modernist experimented endlessly with the intersection of objects, people, and space over the course of his 60-year career. Melding ideas and approaches to art from across the globe, Noguchi created traditional sculpture, landscape architecture, play structures, monuments, stage sets, interior designs, furniture, and more. This exhibition brings aspects of his varied production together, complicating notions of form and function and using the juxtaposition of materials, shapes, and techniques to encourage audiences to reimagine their sense of what sculpture can be.
Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture has been co-organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine and The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.
Generously supported in part by:
Eileen T. Gillespie and Timothy Fahey
Karen L. McDonald
Christina F. Petra
David E. Shaw
Foundation Support: The Japan Foundation, New York
KeyBank sponsorship is made in honor of Sterling Kozlowski.
This exhibition is part of Art for All.
Art for All is an initiative that supports the PMA’s dedication to being an open, accessible, inclusive, and welcoming museum for all, through exhibitions and programs that reflect our community and create experiences with art that strengthen our bonds and bring us together.