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The first of a two-part exhibition with artist Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979), a dancer, choreographer, and sculptor, Noguchi: Body-Space Devices is an installation of works from The Noguchi Museum’s collection.
At the heart of Noguchi’s conception of sculpture is the production of a powerful set of invisible forces between object, viewer, and space. As a whole, the works on view in the exhibition reflect Noguchi’s lifelong interest in turning sculpture into a civic practice, from motivating the movement of an individual body in relationship to an object, to the flow of a company of dancers seeking collective meaning from a set, and, finally, social progress. Body–Space Devices is a selective survey of the strategies that he used to implicate the body in his work, from literal use (sets, furniture, play equipment) to works that imply a constructor (his puzzle-like interlocking sculptures), and empathy-inspiring biomorphic abstractions.