Debuting on April 26 at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens, New York, “Solid Doubts” showcases the work of the museum’s namesake artist alongside Paris-based, Austrian designer Robert Stadler. Co-curated by Stadler and Noguchi Museum’s senior curator Dakin Hart, it marks the museum’s first exhibition to present a contemporary designer’s work in dialogue with Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures and designs.
Four distinct installations of Stadler and Noguchi’s work are mounted—three in the galleries and one in the sculpture garden, illuminating the scope of Noguchi’s continuing impact on contemporary culture and critiquing traditional notions of the relationship between furniture and sculpture.
“This exhibition, the Museum’s first to feature a contemporary designer’s work in dialogue with Noguchi’s sculptures and designs, is a powerful demonstration of Noguchi’s lasting relevance,” says Noguchi Museum director Jenny Dixon. “Beyond that, in pairing his work with that of the exceptional Robert Stadler, Solid Doubts opens new ways of looking at the practice of both, which is exactly what an exhibition should do. We are additionally pleased that the exhibition is part of Oui Design, a program initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.”The exhibition explores that ways in which both Stadler and Noguchi probe the concepts inherent to art, design, material, and space. Solid Doubts will be on view through September 3, 2017.