Noguchi: Useless Architecture turns structure into useful sculpture

Noguchi: Useless Architecture
Noguchi Museum
Long Island City, Queens
Open through May 8, 2022

In 1962, Isamu Noguchi created Floor Frame, a minimalist bronze sculpture that appears to sink into the ground. It resurfaced in the public eye in late 2020, deep into the pandemic, when the Trump administration installed it in the White House Rose Garden. The piece is the first by an Asian-American artist in the White House Collection, and officials characterized its inclusion as a progressive achievement for the Asian American community. But many in the community were not swayed by the strained optics. Marci Kwon, codirector of the Cantor Arts Center’s Asian American Art Initiative, noted the “shameless

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