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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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  • 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...  read more »
  • Sculpted Furniture - Furniture as Sculpture - Complex Simplicity - Simple Complexity - Objects that induce a state of blissful calm. A chapel of art. 
  • This is THE museum for a Noguchi fan! There's an abundance of his work there. The biographical video is very informative and gives insight to his life as a western japanese artist. The museum landscap...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Calm garden, interesting sculptures, fascinating story. Definitely with a visit if you are in LIC
  • 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.
  • When I think of how long this museum has been a part of Queens, I can't help but admire the forsight of the Noguchi estate. When the Art Industry of Soho and Madison Ave were banking on Brooklyn, Noguchi went to Queens, as did Marlborough Gallery for storage. Of course, I'm a fan of Noguchi's table, and you can see in his sculptures how such a design could evolve from his process. Simple, balanced aesthetics are beautiful.
  • A lovely space filled with quiet and powerful forms. Not usually into tours, but this one was very informative.
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