“SECOND SUNDAYS” PROGRAM FOR JANUARY 2014: DISCUSSION WITH AMY HAU AND ALEXANDRA SNYDER MAY
For The Noguchi Museum’s “Second Sundays” program in January, Noguchi Museum Director of Administration and External Affairs Amy Hau and former Noguchi Museum Assistant Director (1985–90) Alexandra Snyder May will discuss the development of the Museum’s current special exhibition Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930. Organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) in collaboration with The Noguchi Museum, the exhibition includes many works given by Sotokichi Katsuizumi—a Japanese businessman and collector of Chinese painting who introduced Noguchi to the eminent Chinese ink painter Qi Baishi—to the University, his alma mater. Ms. Snyder May served as a curatorial consultant throughout the development of the exhibition, on view at the Museum through January 26, 2014.
Ms. Snyder May was introduced to Noguchi’s work through her grandfather, R. Buckminster Fuller (Noguchi’s friend and collaborator). She formed an early appreciation for Noguchi’s Peking Scroll Drawings produced when the artist worked in Qi Baishi’s studio in 1930. A Noguchi scroll hung in her grandparents’ geodesic dome-home in Carbondale, Illinois.
Following its current presentation, the exhibition will travel to the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, where it will be on view from February 22–May 25, 2014.
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