Isamu Noguchi was fascinated by the relationship between rocks and water. The Japanese-American artist, who had a studio in Long Island City until his death in 1988, considered the natural process that shapes stone to be an allegory to the evolution of human civilization.
He’s not alone, as many scientists argue that natural rock formations influenced the birth of modern science, architecture and mathematics.
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Rd., will launch Museum of Stones, an exhibition that explores how various artists around the globe delve into the rock-human relationship.
The display will feature roughly 50 sculptures by 30 artists, including Noguchi, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Janine Antoni, former Guggenheim Fellow Mel Bochner and National Endowment for the Arts grantee Dove Bradshaw.
Bradshaw creates chemical paintings that change with the atmosphere, stone sculptures that weather and crystals that receive telescope signals from Jupiter.
The exposition will also feature 15 Chinese rock-related objects on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
On display through Jan. 10, 2016, Museum of Stones is the first exhibition in the museum’s history to show pieces by contemporary artists along with original Noguchi works.