Woodstock Artists’ Colony: Noguchi and Japanese-American Artists
A Talk with Professor Tom Wolf
Sunday, February 13 at 3 pm
Location: The Noguchi Museum, MUSEUM ENTRANCE: 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, NY p: 718.204.7088
Tom Wolf, Professor of Art History at Bard College, discusses a group of Japanese artists, including Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and their influence on Isamu Noguchi’s early work. Many of these artists-who were somewhat older than Noguchi-spent their summers in Woodstock, New York, where the latter also spent time and where he created one of his major early sculptures, Death (Lynched Figure),of 1934. Wolf, who has written extensively about both Asian-American art and the Woodstock artists’ colony, will examine the attraction of Woodstock for these artists and explore the ways in which the political content of Noguchi’s early art echoed their work.
Death (Lynched Figure), 1934. Photo: Shigeo Anzai
About Tom Wolf
Tom Wolf is a professor of art history at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. With scholarly interests including Asian-American artists, American art colonies, and contemporary art, he has published prolifically, including books as well as essays in scholarly journals and exhibition catalogues. He has also curated numerous exhibitions devoted to artists and topics in American art.
Mr. Wolf received his B.A. from The University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.
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