Isamu Noguchi
Cronos, 1947, cast 1986

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Artist name
Isamu Noguchi
Date created
1947, cast 1986
bronze with steel cable
85 in. × 23 in. × 37 in. (215.9 cm × 58.42 cm × 93.98 cm)
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
© Estate of Isamu Noguchi / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
Artwork status
On view on floor 6 as part of German Art After 1960.

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Choreographer Margaret Jenkins on Noguchi’s dialogue with dance

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Sculptor Isamu Noguchi collaborated for over forty years with modern dancer Martha Graham. This sculpture, Cronos, was inspired by the work he did with dance. We spoke to a local choreographer for her take on it.  



It’s something that is both, has movement and also a kind of profound stillness to it. 


I’m Margaret Jenkins and I’m the artistic director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.  


I see the arch as a kind of symbol of weight and a symbol of gravity, and the hanging objects within the arch as symbolic of the ways in which dancers try to defy gravity, although in modern dance I think our friend is gravity.  


I also think about the way that dancers entwine themselves around a stronger object. The way a dancer runs across a space and throws him or herself on another object and is totally consumed. 


I think of all of it as limbs of a body moving around and looking to kind of find their peace inside that arc. And I think one of the things Noguchi was so determined to do through all of his work was to create environments of peace.  


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