Wander: Noguchi Museum
New York is home to many museums, large and small. Thanks to my show, Asian American Life, I have been able to visit many of these smaller, more intimate museums.
One of my favorites is the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens, featuring the works of Isamu Noguchi. During the warmer months, you can enjoy the Japanese garden and contemplate life surrounded by Isamu Noguchi's sculptures. But it is their current exhibit that brought us there and one that I highly recommend everyone should visit.
The exhibit is Self-Interned: 1942, Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the forced relocation of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans to internment camps. Noguchi, whose father, was Japanese, was living in New York when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Geography meant he was exempt from having to go to an internment camp. But Noguchi volunteered to go to Poston in Arizona. The exhibit features his work right before, during and after his time at Poston.
Senior Curator Dakin Hart said they had no idea the exhibit, years in the planning, would be so timely. We spoke to him about the exhibit and Noguchi's time at Poston and why he volunteered. The exhibit will be up until January 2018. For more information go to the Noguchi Museum website at www.noguchi.org.