Special Event

The White House Collection: Artistic Diversity & Isamu Noguchi Acquisition

Tuesday, December 1, 10 AM EST

Japan Society partnered with the White House Historical Association (WHHA) and Portland Japanese Garden to co-present an expert panel discussion on Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi's 1962 bronze sculpture Floor Frame, the first piece of Asian American art to be added to the White House art collection with support from the WHHA. The sculpture was installed at the east end of the Rose Garden on November 20, 2020. The discussion addresses Isamu Noguchi’s life experiences and achievements, his influence as an unconventional sculptor, the significance of the piece Floor Frame and what its installation means for U.S.-Japan relations.

The panel was presented as the second of the two-panel event organized by the WHHA on "The History of Diverse Artists in the White House Collection".

Isamu Noguchi Acquisition Discussion

Welcome & Introduction:
Stewart D. McLaurin, President, White House Historical Association

Dakin Hart, Senior Curator, Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum
Yukie Kamiya, Director, Gallery at Japan Society
Aki Nakanishi, Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art, and Education, Portland Japanese Garden

Joshua Walker, Ph.D., President and CEO, Japan Society

Presented in partnership with the White House Historial Association and Portland Japanese Garden.

WHAA Portland Japanese Garden

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