Solid Doubts

Robert Stadler and Noguchi will have a show together at Noguchi Museum

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Pictured here: Robert Stadler's Cut_paste #4, 2015; Isamu Noguchi's Gift, 1964, foreground, and Baby Figure, 1958. (Courtesy Robert Stadler/Carpenters Workshop Gallery and the Noguchi Museum / Photomontage by Studio Robert Stadler)
Pictured here: Robert Stadler's Cut_paste #4, 2015; Isamu Noguchi's Gift, 1964, foreground, and Baby Figure, 1958. (Courtesy Robert Stadler/Carpenters Workshop Gallery and the Noguchi Museum / Photomontage by Studio Robert Stadler)

In an upcoming exhibition, the Noguchi Museum is presenting its namesake’s work alongside Paris-based designer Robert Stadler‘s to explore the “whatness” of various objects.

The musuem, which is based in Long Island City, Queens, will juxtapose the two mens’ art and furniture in Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum to reveal tensions between “material” and “space,” “functional” and “aesthetic,” and “art” and “design,” not-so-neat categories that nevertheless shape our understanding of object and environment.

“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,” said Noguchi Museum director Jenny Dixon, in a prepared statement. “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.”

Stadler is collaborating with Noguchi senior curator Dakin Hart on four installations that feature home furnishing, lighting, sculpture, and lawn seating.

Solid Doubts opens April 26 and runs through September 3, and more information on this exhibition can be found on the museum’s website. In the meantime, visitors can take in the museum’s latest exhibition, on displacement and belonging, which is on view through January 7, 2018.

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