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“Lovely museum.”
Review of Noguchi Museum

Noguchi Museum
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Owner description: Thirteen galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden are the settings for the wide collection of art work by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988.)
Reviewed 22 May 2013

Lovely, tranquil homage to Isamu Noguchi in the middle of Queens. Beautiful and minimalist (the irony is that there's a Costco right across the street-the opposite of minimalist) building with indoor and outdoor gardens. A must visit if you're a fan of mid-century modern art, sculpture or aesthetics.

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Reviewed 25 February 2013

I've been wanting to visit the Noguchi Museum for many years, but it has always been making the trip that kept me from going there. I even lived in Queens for almost 10 years - and believe me, Queens has a shortage of world-class museums - but still I never managed to make the trip.

Well, finally on Valentine's Day it was time. We took the subway to Long Island City and walked the 10 blocks (yes, about a 20 minute walk from the subway to the museum). We arrived with enough time to munch on a little lunch in the cafe before the free Gallery Talk began at 2pm.

Well, we loved it. Both the talk - the educator who led it was very knowledgeable - and the museum as a whole. Noguchi had a long career, more than 60 years, and we got to see all the different phases he went through, and learn about the different places that he worked and how that influenced his work. It's amazing that such a small slight person chose stone as his favorite medium to work in! The museum has his tools on display, including hammers and chisels. Just amazing.

The cafe/gift shop has a number of his beautiful paper lampshades for sale, and a wealth of information about him and his influences.

We even got to design our own lampshade as part of a contest. The winner is going to have her/his design executed and sold at the museum. Pretty cool, huh?

Now if only there was a nice restaurant or something else a stone's throw from the museum - then you could spend the whole day there. The only thing nearby is a Costco... The funny thing is, that Noguchi chose this area and the building for his museum himself. I guess he liked the remoteness of it.

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Reviewed 5 January 2013

A sculptor friend in England recommended this museum. We went on a very rainy Sunday but the shuttle bus from the Asia Society on Manhattan’s Upper East Side made it very easy to get to and return.

It is in his old studio building. The lower floor and garden shows Noguchi's work from all periods of his life while the upper floor houses temporary exhibitions.

We recommend it to anyone interested in art and design that is visiting or living in NYC. Its compact size makes it easy to see all the exhibits without suffering museum fatigue.
The free guided tour explained lots about his works and the very professional guide invited comments and reactions about Noguchi’s work (a refreshing change from the script-following guides in some organisations.

The gift shop had a wide range of books about this work and you could purchase his designs along with works by other designers (we bought a catalogue – well worth it). We didn’t have time to visit the café but it was well patronised.

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Reviewed 27 December 2012 via mobile

I have been trying to go for years and found it well worth it. Noguchi designed the museum, look at the 3rd floor and look at the skylights.
The video is well worth your time to understand him and his accomplishments. Most of the museum is his large stone pieces which are fascinating to look at
Definitely modern. But well worth the time. A wonderful space to restore your senses. Unfortunately in winter some of the pieces in the garden are covered up but you can still get the flavor of the garden. I will go back. Unfortunately there are no tours of his studio.

Thank chankie
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

Amazing space. A little far from the train on a cold day, but what are you gonna do? Love the outdoor section, and the space is really interesting. And, of course the sculpture!

Thank bwfol
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