Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page

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Exhibition

Sep 201325 Jan 201426

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road
(at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City, New York, 11106
United States


From noguchi.org :

Space, Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page was developed in a collaboration between The Noguchi Museum and The Ruth Page Foundation, building on a group of drawings Noguchi made of the great American avant-garde dancer and choreographer Ruth Page posing in a sack dress he designed in 1933 to transform her into a dynamic embodiment of his sculpture Miss Expanding Universe (1932).

That piece had emerged from Noguchi's extensive efforts to find a distinctive way to abstract the human figure- efforts greatly enhanced by his contact with modern dance, and Page's form in particular- his study of ink wash painting with the Chinese painter Qi Baishi, and his best friend, the eccentric futurist genius Buckminster Fuller, a sort of Three Musketeers of American ability and aspiration, had been captivated by a series of lectures popularizing Edwin Hubble's recent discovery that the universe was neither static nor tidily Copernican. It is hard to conceive a better visual metaphor for Hubble's new picture of the universe, a pulsating amoeba of out-rushing matter, than Page in Noguchi's sack dress.

The exhibition explores Noguchi and Page's personal relationship and their two professional collaborations: the constellation of objects and performances that includes Miss Expanding Universe , the dress and the dances it inspired and Page's post- World War II dance The Bells , based on Edgar Allen Poe's poem of the same name, for which Noguchi designed costumes and a set. The exhibition has been scheduled to coincide with Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 , also on view at the Museum this fall.

Image: Ruth Page in Isamu Noguchi's Sack Dress 1934 , Attributed to Andre Delfau, c. 1970's

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General admission: $10
Senior Citizens: $5
Students with a valid ID: $5
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Children under 12: FREE
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On the first Friday of every month year-round, Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish.

Also on view: Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930

 

APA_Institute . Last modified Dec 02 2013 1:02 p.m.


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