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The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City
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In 1974, Noguchi purchased an industrial building across the street from his studio in Long Island City, Queens. The new space was used as an office, studio, and storage facility before it was converted into The Noguchi Museum, which opened to the public in 1985.

The Noguchi Museum consists of twenty-seven thousand square feet of gallery space on two floors as well as the sculpture garden. The ground-floor galleries contain a permanent presentation of Noguchi's artwork, selected and arranged by the artist. The upper level contains additional artworks from the permanent collection as well as temporary thematic exhibitions relating to Noguchi's artistic production and influence.
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  • Although I was drawn to the work of Isamu Noguchi through his table and lighting designs, I was pleasantly surprised by his prolific sculpture work, predominantly in stone. This museum is a tranquil s...  more »
  • What a gem! The Noguchi Museum and Garden, the first and only museum owned, designed and established by, for and of an artist, has been around for 30+ years in Long Island City, Queens. It's in a rapi...  more »
  • Sculpted Furniture - Furniture as Sculpture - Complex Simplicity - Simple Complexity - Objects that induce a state of blissful calm. A chapel of art. 
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  • This museums is one of the most beautiful in the city, and although the collection does not often change - it's dreamlike and meditative atmosphere would make me visit again regardless. It's outdoor areas, modern interpretations of a traditional Japanese garden, were fun to explore despite a heavy rain. I enjoyed it so much that I might argue the museum is meant to visited in the rainy seasons (fall and spring). I recommend sitting through the (lengthy) documentary at the back of the museum, near the exit. Noguchi was an artist whose life is as much a part of his legacy as his work. His responses to adversity are inspirational, and his work takes on a new dimension after you've seen it.
  • This is a great place to visit if you are interested in sculpture. Noguchi experimented with Japanese art forms in his work, and some of the exhibits had a serene and calming effect. There's also a biographical video about Noguchi that reveals his influences and his background. The museum is located in Long island City where there's plenty more to see in addition to the museum, so you could make a day out of it. Also, the Museum is free and open to the public on Friday afternoons.
  • Beautiful museum with some very interesting static pieces. The layout of the museum is a little labyrinthine despite their best efforts to lay out a linear plan for visits. Staff are young artist types and generally are passionate about the exhibits. Beautiful courtyard.
  • If you're jonesing for a zen fix, this is the place. And it's a great destination for New Yorkers looking for something new and different to do. Yes, it's a bit harder to get to, but take that as part of the fun. Make the visit an adventure and work in some other sites in the area like Astor Bake Shop for lunch and the Socrates Sculpture Park. There's lots of incredible graffiti art around the area as well. It's a well maintained museum for sure and Noguchi's art is really awe-inspiring. We've all seen countless marble statues of people, so it can't hurt to just see a big round, rock thing sometimes. There's also a tranquil rock garden to sit in and contemplate where the universe came from.
  • Calm garden, interesting sculptures, fascinating story. Definitely with a visit if you are in LIC