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Museum of Stones cover. Bright red stone sculpture by Bosco Sodi stands between two birch trees in a beam of sunlight in the cutaway of the Noguchi Museum’s Area 1

Museum of Stones: Ancient and Contemporary Art at The Noguchi Museum

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Museum of Stones: Ancient and Contemporary Art at The Noguchi Museum (October 7, 2015 to January 10, 2016) was the first exhibition in the Museum's history to insert the work of contemporary artists into the original Noguchi installation. The show looked at the ways artists from different times, civilizations, and cultures have used rock and stone. This publication, featuring three essays and dozens of installation photographs, accompanied the exhibition.

Noguchi believed that rock and stone have a lifecycle that they should experience in full, but he also recognized that they are the raw materials of technology, to be used for that purpose, an ambivalence that shaped his life’s work. As well as sculptures by Noguchi, the show included fifty works by thirty international artists, stones from the ancient forts of Jerusalem, rocks used by mathematicians, and Chinese rock-related objects loaned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Edited by Dakin Hart and Stephanie Salomon
Texts by Dakin Hart, Matt Kirsch, Joseph Scheier-Dolberg, Jenny Dixon
Copyedited by Jodi Simpson
Book design by Hoop Design
Published by GILES, 2016
Softcover. 119 pages, 9 x 12 in.

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