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NOGUCHI TALKS

Marc Keane and Matthew Kirsch on Japanese Gardens

Saturday, May 11, 3 pm

The Japanese Garden is made from a collaboration with nature … Man’s hands are hidden by time and the many effects of nature, moss and so forth, so you are hidden. I don’t want to be hidden. I want to show. Therefore I am modern. ISAMU NOGUCHI*

Join Marc Keane, landscape architect and garden scholar, and Matthew Kirsch, Curator of Research at The Noguchi Museum, for a discussion about the Japanese garden as both inspiration and point of departure for Isamu Noguchi in the later decades of his career. In 1950, nineteen years after his first visits to temples in Kyoto and Nara, Noguchi traveled to each again, with artist and writer Saburo Hasegawa guiding his visits to Zen temples and to the Katsura Imperial Villa. Their experiences were framed by their shared search for inspiration in Japan’s cultural past, which they hoped could be reinterpreted in modern practice. The Japanese garden exemplified this promise: an aesthetic culture with its own set of guidelines and precepts which, rather than stifling creativity and innovation, extended possibilities within a tradition.

Following the talk, please join us in the Museum Shop for a book signing featuring Marc Keane’s Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design (Stone Bridge Press, 2016).

This event coincides with Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan (on view through July 14), a major traveling exhibition that traces influences of the dialogue between Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa through their respective works.

Free with admission. RSVP recommended to publicprograms@noguchi.org.

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Shisen-do Temple, Kyoto. Photograph by Marc Peter Keane; from Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design (Stone Bridge Press, 2016). Courtesy of the author.Saburo Hasegawa and Isamu Noguchi at Shisen-do Temple, 1950. Photograph by Michio Noguchi. The Noguchi Museum Archive. ©INFGM/ARSHojo garden at Tofuku-ji Temple, Kyoto, by Mirei Shigemori. Photograph by Marc Peter Keane; from Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design (Stone Bridge Press, 2016). Courtesy of the author.

Isamu Noguchi, Round Square Space, 1970. Indian granite. Photograph by Kevin Noble. ©INFGM/ARS

*Rhony Alhalel, “A Conversation with Isamu Noguchi,” Kyoto Journal 10, Spring 1989, p 35.

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Long Island City studio and garden of Isamu Noguchi

One of several display areas indoors

an overview of the garden outside

Still catching up with gardens visited and not posted. Here is a day trip to the studio and garden of Isamu Noguchi in Long Island City, New York.

works of art, stones, plants all were arranged by Noguchi before his death

To find out more about Isamu Noguchi and his studio, please visit the web site: https://www.noguchi.org/

 

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s centennial Japanese Garden

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a viewing platform with cherry tree along the path to the main entry gate

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informational sign at main entry gate

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second sign at main entry gate

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window in the main viewing deck

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strolling path around the pond

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resting shelter along the path

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torii in the pond

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looking across the pond to viewing shelter

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stone lantern

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pond and heron

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back gate

 

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Regional conferences aid landscape education

The North American Japanese Garden Association will hold two regional conferences in October 2015.

Fostering Mature Cultural Landscapes: The Japanese Gardens in New York will be held Thursday and Friday, October 1 and 2, featuring The Pocantico Center and the Japanese Garden at Kykuit, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, United Nations Peace Bell Garden, Innisfree Garden, and Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden. The opportunity to visit the Peace Bell garden is extraordinary as this garden is not normally open to the public.

Members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) may earn continuing education credits for participation in the conference and garden tours.

For further information, please look at the NAJGA web site: http://www.najga.org/New-York-2015

Sadafumi Uchiyama

Sadafumi Uchiyama is one of the specialists teaching proper techniques in the pruning workshops.

Branching out in the South: Pruning Small Trees and Shrubs in the Japanese Tradition is a two-day, intense, hands-on workshop scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23, at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Culbetson Asiatic Arboretum in Durham, North Carolina.

There are several special features of this gathering including a farm to fork dinner and a tour of a private residential garden.

Continuing education credits (CEUs) for the lectures and workshops have been granted by the Southern Chapter of the International Society of Arborists (ISA)Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and the North Carolina Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board (NCLCLB).

For additional information, please refer to the NAJGA web site: http://www.najga.org/NORTH-CAROLINA-2015

There are more than 250 Japanese gardens in Canada and the United States. These gardens are havens of beauty and tranquility, cultural and historic landscapes and places for natural healing.  Since 2011, the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) has been promoting the welfare of these gardens and the people who love and care for them through education and advocacy.

A biennial conference is in the planning stage for March 7 and 8 at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida. The conference theme is Towards a Healthier World: Japanese Gardens as Places for Wellness and Transformation. For information on invitations for presentations, guidelines and theme, please refer to the NAJGA web site.

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