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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 January 19, 2012

This is the only museum in America dedicated to one artist that was established by that artist. As such it has a wonderful feel of the artist's hand at work. The placement of the sculptures in the garden-like setting has the feeling of a master artist at work. Fans of Noguchi or modern sculpture should go. It is not easy, however, to get there without a car, which is the reason there is a shuttle service available from Manhattan. If you have more than two days in NY and have a hankering to explore the "outer boroughs" this is a nice place to start.

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Reviewed November 9, 2011

I would not say that this museum is for everyone. It features a collection of the sculptures of the late American-Japanese sculptor-inventor Isamu Noguchi. These works are not your traditional realistic statues of famous people caught in heroic poses. Rather there are a large number of mostly big stone, metal and wood pieces in a variety of shapes and configurations. Some are simply huge boulders with interesting chisel marks; others are highly polished stone or metal in appealing shapes and sizes. Some are displayed in an outdoor garden and others are arranged around a number of simple plain white galleries.
There is a long and detailed movie playing which should be viewed before wandering around the galleries. This film gives you a nice outline of Noguchi's life and his work. He led quite a life. A nice rags to veritable riches story.
I am not sure if there is a message behind all this work. My interpretation is that Noguchi wanted to stimulate our imaginations and senses by presenting us with a variety of unconventional objects. But that's just me - he might have intended something else
So if you're short of imagination and patience you might dodge this one. But if you like to be stimulated by new ideas and approaches to art then this might be something to consider. There's no doubt that it's well done - it's very professional. It's just that it's not, well...conventional. If nothing else, it's a lovely setting and hardly anyone else around, so it's very tranquil and breeds contemplative thoughts. They have guided tours here at 2:00 pm. We went to considerable effort to make sure we were there for the tour but the guide turned out to be a modern educator, more interested in eliciting our reactions to the work rather than giving us much concrete information. Of course, everyone likes to learn in different ways so this approach might be appealing.
My wife commented that you probably wouldn't come to this museum unless you were a real fan of modern sculpture and you'd accomplished everything you'd wanted to see in Manhattan. Sadly, I guess that sort of sums it up.
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Thank Marathonwinner
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Reviewed January 24, 2010

I didn't really know much about the artist until I got there and realized that he designed some of the furnitures and sculptures that I'm very familar with. The museum is built by the artist, and as it was described, the artist "sold the 'good' and kept the 'great' for himself". I really liked some of his works. 2pm tours are pretty helpful.
The museum is small and private and staffs were nice.

Thank monchiki99
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Reviewed January 21, 2018
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