Artist Isamu Noguchi (Los Angeles, 1904–New York, 1988) explored the sculptural medium throughout his career, often extending beyond the gallery into the commercial and public realm through design. Observing that playgrounds offer a physical and social interaction not typically seen in a museum, he designed a number of public spaces where visitors could physically and actively engage with art. Noguchi’s Playscapes, organized by the Museo Tamayo, revisits his designs for several playgrounds, as well as stand-alone play structures. Through models, sketches, set designs, and archival images, the exhibition offers a view of Noguchi’s vision for new experiences of art, education, and humanity through play. While few were realized, Noguchi’s playscapes continue to inspire contemporary designers to consider play as a strategy for building community and stimulating creativity in the everyday.
The exhibition is organized by the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo and the Fundacíon Olga y Rufino Tamayo, A.C., in collaboration with The Noguchi Museum in New York.
Header image: Isamu Noguchi, U.S. Pavilion Expo ’70, 1968 (detail); © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.