Noguchi Museum plans major expansion in Long Island City

A rendering of the new Noguchi Museum campus.

The Queens institution, which is dedicated to the life and work
of Isamu Noguchi, will become more accessible to visitors

Nearly 35 years after it opened, the Long Island City museum
dedicated to the work of designer and landscape architect
Isamu Noguchi
is getting a major upgrade.

The Noguchi
Museum
announced this week that it will undertake an ambitious
expansion, which will include adding a new, 6,000-square-foot
building to the campus, as well as restoring and opening
Noguchi’s original studio building, which dates back to 1959.

Currently, the museum complex includes 27,000 square feet of
gallery space, which is spread out over two floors in an old
warehouse, as well as a serene sculpture garden adjacent to that
building. The expansion, which is set to begin in 2020, will happen
in two parts, according to
the New York Times
. First, the new structure will be
constructed across the street from the gallery building. It will be
designed by Büro Koray Duman, and will allow the museum to keep
its collection and archives in one centralized location. This phase
of the project should be finished by 2021.


The Noguchi Museum Archive © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and
Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Isamu
Noguchi’s 10th Street studio (kitchen), Long Island City, c.
1960s.

The second phase will involve the restoration of Noguchi’s
studio, which will be adjacent to the new archive building. Noguchi
lived in Long Island City in the decades before his death in 1988,
and lived and worked out of a building across from the current
museum complex. That will be renovated and reactivated, with his
small apartment open to the public for tours, and a studio being
used for events. That’s expected to be completed by 2022.

Brett Littman, who was appointed as the museum’s director in
2018, said in a statement that the expansion “will allow us to
better reflect on the complex nature of Noguchi’s work and
life.”

“With greater—and easier—access to our collection and
archive for our curators and researchers and a new programming
space in the 10th Street studio, the Museum will be poised to more
deeply explore Noguchi’s increasing relevance to and influence on
the contemporary world,” the statement continues.

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Noguchi Museum plans major expansion in Long Island City