In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Parsons School of Design’s Japan affiliate, Kanazawa International Design Institute (KIDI), will be holding an exhibition September 16 through October 31 at the Isamu Noguchi Sculpture Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York. Also commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Akari Light Sculpture, the exhibition will include lamps and lighting prototypes, along with large-scale, collapsible structures that refer to designer Isamu Noguchi’s examination of nature and geometric form.
KIDI students were asked to study Noguchi’s work and develop a new generation of lighting systems, in many cases utilizing traditional materials such as rice paper and bamboo. Also included in this exhibition will be a selection of posters that focus on Japanese light and lighting, as well as photo documentation of Noguchi working on early lighting concepts.
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum is located at 33rd and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens. Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10am to 5pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors.