If you need a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle look no further than the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. Like a palette cleanser for the eyes, this tranquil space in Long Island City is one of my favorite places to walk around or sit in the garden and decompress.
Founded in 1985 by category-defying artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988), The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum (now known as The Noguchi Museum) was the first museum in the United States to be established, designed, and installed by a living artist to show their own work. Itself widely viewed as among the artist’s greatest achievements, the Museum features open air and indoor galleries in a repurposed 1920s industrial building and a serene outdoor sculpture garden. Since its founding, it has served as an international hub for Noguchi research and appreciation. In addition to managing the artist’s archives and catalogue raisonné, the Museum exhibits a comprehensive selection of Noguchi’s material culture, from sculpture, models, and drawings, to his personal possessions. Provocative installations drawn from the permanent collection, together with diverse special exhibitions and public programming with contemporary creators across disciplines, offer a multifaceted view of Noguchi’s art and illuminate his enduring influence.