This week, the Noguchi MuseumÂ in Queens, New York announced the inaugural IsamuÂ Noguchi Awards to recognize like-minded spirits who share Noguchiâ€™s commitment to innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange.Â The first recipients of the award are architectsÂ Norman Foster and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
In an effort to secure financial backing for the city’s cultural institutions, New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who is the chair of the city councilâ€™s Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, has locked in $3 million of city budget funds to expand MoMA PS1. The funds will be used for the museum to specifically acquire the small apartment building at the rear of its current Romanesque Revival school building at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.
With buses running from the Lever House on Park Avenue, the Noguchi Museum was flush with Manhattanites last night for the opening of Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City. The show of ideas by local artist teamsâ€”led by Natalie Jeremijenko, Mary Miss, Rirkrit Tiravanija and George Trakasâ€”fleshes out urban dreams for the mostly industrial area. In anything but an autocratic manner, the showâ€”the first ever at the museum to include contemporary artists and not Noguchiâ€”encourages dialogue between large institutions, government, and the public.