Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum was founded with the name The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. It is a sculpture and museum located in the Long Island City section of Queens, New York City, designed and built by the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. The museum opened for a limited time to the public in 1985. The museum and foundation were created to keep and display Noguchi’s works, architectural models, stage designs, sketches, furniture, and stage designs. Two stories, 24,000 sq foot (2,200 m2)) art gallery and sculpture park, one block away from Socrates Sculpture Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, underwent significant renovations in 2004, allowing the museum to remain all year round in Queens.

To house museum the museum was established in 1974. Noguchi acquired a photographic facility and gas station across the street away from the New York studio, where he had worked and resided since 1961. It was opened in the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum opened to the public in 1985 on a seasonal basis. In 1999 the Foundation Board approved a $13.5 million capital master plan that would solve structural issues, ADA and NYC Building Code compliance, and build an education center for the public. The Museum was relocated to a temporary location in Sunnyside, Queens, NYC, during the renovation and also held thematic exhibitions of the work of Noguchi. In February 2004, the museum was officially registered as a museum and awarded 501(c)(3) public charitable status. The Noguchi Museum was reopened to the public in its recently renovated facility in June 2004. The building continued to have structural problems into the beginning of 2000, and a new $8 million stabilization effort was launched in September 2008.

Tree of Heaven

From March 26 to April 26, 2008, a 60-foot (18 m)-tall 75-year-old Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) was the main focus of the garden of sculpture in the museum. The tree was saved by Noguchi after 1975 when he bought the structure that became the museum. He also cleared the backlot. In a way, it was planned in the shape of the tree” According to an ex-adviser of Noguchi, Bonnie Rychlak, who later became a museum curator. In early 2008, the tree was declining and threatened to fall into the structure that was set going through an $8.2 million restoration. The museum enlisted to use of the Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop, an artist’s collective that used the lumber to create benches, sculptures, benches, and other features within and around the building. Queens Electrician


The New York State Council on the Arts has praised the Museum’s education program, Art for Families, as an excellent example of an outreach program for the community and Art for Tots as a “superb approach” to making children feel comfortable within a museum.

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