Objects of Common Interest at Noguchi

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, located in Long Island City, is currently presenting a collaborative exhibition with Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis of the Greece- and New York-based studio Objects of Common Interest and LOT Office for Architecture. Works by Petaloti and Trampoukis are interspersed with Noguchi’s monumental late-career basalt sculptures in The Noguchi Museum’s garden and first floor galleries. The exhibition, titled “Objects of Common Interest: Hard, Soft, and All Lit Up with Nowhere to Go,” will be on view from September 15, 2021 – February 13, 2022.

Petaloti and Trampoukis, who take an intuitive approach to object and space making inspired by “moments of unfamiliar simplicity,” create a dialogue with Noguchi’s work in this setting, as one can see below. This installation view features “Tube Light I” (left) and “Tube Light II,” (right) both from 2019, made of light, acrylic and metal. Noguchi’s work in the same photo include, from left: “Deepening Knowledge,” 1969; “Human Sacrifice,” 1984; “Brilliance,” 1982, and “Venus,” 1980.

Objects of Common Interest at The Noguchi Museum
Photo credit: Brian W. Ferry; Artworks are © Objects of Common Interest and © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society

Below is another image from the exhibition featuring work by Objects of Common Interest: “Standing Stone,” 2019, made of plastic with a mirrored base, is seen here with the following works by Isamu Noguchi (from left): “Untitled,” 1986; “Illusion of the Fifth Stone,” 1970, and “Unmei,” 1970.

Objects of Common Interest at the Noguchi Museum
Photo credit: Brian W. Ferry; Artworks are © Objects of Common Interest and © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society

Senior Curator Dakin Hart writes:

“Isamu Noguchi intended the Museum to be a resource. Through it and his work he hoped to have the anonymous impact on society of, say, the inventor of the temple or the chair. What exactly Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis, of Objects of Common Interest and LOT Office for Architecture (their commingled design and architecture practices), have absorbed from Noguchi in more than a decade of sitting with him is unclear. Which is the best argument for a collaborative project. What is clear is that the natural laws that govern the universe they have made for themselves, and within which they operate, are non-doctrinal, anti-definitional, a-categorical, and intensely and ambiguously empirical, which suggest a strong gravitational relationship to his.”

Click here to learn more about Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis. If you need information on how to reach the Noguchi Museum to see this exhibition, click here to plan your visit.

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