Robert Stadler, Cut_paste #4, 2015; Isamu Noguchi, Gift, 1964 and Baby Figure, 1958.Photomontage: Studio Robert Stadler; courtesy Noguchi Museum
Long Island City’s Isamu Noguchi Museum is presenting their first exhibition of a contemporary designer’s work alongside Noguchi’s sculptures and designs in Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler.
Consisting of four installations showing work by the two artist/designers together, the exhibition explores the ways in which both Robert Stadler and Isamu Noguchi play with distinctions between “art” and “design,” “functional” and “aesthetic,” and “material” and “space,” among other object-based concepts.
Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), who worked in the Queens warehouse before it was converted to museum celebrating his work and life, is best known for his furniture, such as his famous coffee table and the Akari series of paper and wire lamps.
Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart Hart said, “Robert Stadler works the fertile land where conceptual, aesthetic, functional, and material considerations meet. This is the same zone that Noguchi explored and labored so hard to expand during his six decades as a category-defier.
“It is hoped that each installation, and the exhibition overall, will make a case for the reification of ambivalence and assert every object’s right and responsibility to self-doubt.”
Solid Doubts opened on April 26, 2017 and runs through September 3.
Clockwise from bottom left: Robert Stadler, Pools and Pouf!, 2004 (fabricated 2017). Upholstered leather, plywood, synthetic textile. Isamu Noguchi, Akari [1N], 1968. Paper, bamboo, metal, electric components. Isamu Noguchi, Akari [VB13-S], 1986. Paper, bamboo, metal, electric components. (Nicholas Knight / Image via Noguchi Museum / Artists Rights Society)