Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture

October 5, 2018 through January 6, 2019
Portland Museum of Art

Maine Public is a media sponsor of Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture, a fall exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art. This exhibition of approximately 40 sculptures and 10 works on paper examines the ways Noguchi reimagined the possibilities of sculpture over the course of his 60-year career, bringing together varied aspects of Noguchi's expansive production—which included traditional sculpture, landscape architecture, memorials, stage sets, interior designs, furniture, and more—and highlighting the artist's belief that the sculptor’s role was "to order and animate space." Noguchi was as comfortable creating monuments and gardens as he was collaborating to produce industrial design and stage sets. Juxtaposed across the exhibition, his works complicate notions of form and function and use the mix of materials, shapes, and techniques to encourage audiences to re-imagine their sense of what sculpture can be.

Maine Public Members are eligible for 15% off tickets for the exhibition. To request the discount, please identify yourself as an Maine Public Member when purchasing tickets at the Portland Museum of Art ticket desk.

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