Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics is the first major American exhibition of Noguchi’s postwar work in ceramics.
The exhibition includes approximately 75 clay sculptures presented as a chronological account of Noguchi’s evolution as a sculptor along with the works of Japanese modern ceramicists. Noguchi’s explorations into a wide range of themes, from the abstract to the material, display his fearlessness to cross many boundaries. Noguchi created much of his ceramic work within three brief but intense periods in which he was inspired by his return to Japan and his family, the war in Japan and the aftermath, and the rise of the Sodeisha group. The over-arching theme that encapsulates the exhibition involves Noguchi’s exploration of his Japanese American identity through clay.
In the Dr. & Mrs. Edison Miyawaki Gallery, the Taul & Sachiko Watanabe Gallery, and the Weingart Foundation Gallery.