Lyford discusses her book which explores the interplay of community and identity in Noguchi's work
Building on themes developed in her new book, Isamu Noguchi's Modernism: Negotiating Race, Labor, and Nation, 1930-1950, Lyford will explore the complex interplay of community and identity in Noguchi's work of the 1930s and 40s. Although it is not always immediately apparent in the full range of his diverse artistic activity, Noguchi was always cognizant of, and deeply committed to, understanding and fostering art's social relevance.
Weaving together new archival material, little-known or unrealized works, as well as those that are more familiar, Lyford offers a fresh perspective on Noguchi's relationship with the most important cultural and political issues of his time. This context should be particularly helpful in setting a stage for understanding more purely formal-seeming projects like those surveyed in the Museum's two fall exhibitions: Isamu Noguchi/ Qi Baishi/ Beijing, 1930 and Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page.