Enrolled as a first year at Stella Maris College, when I was seventeen, I was a freshman abroad. I studied in the Fine Arts department, which encompassed both art history and studio art. We began with Mesopotamia and Assyrian, learning to diagram Buddhist stupas, and number Buddha’s attributes in sculpture ( a top-knot, elongated ears, and our favorite, loti-form lips.) I found my notebooks on this visit back, which I haven’t seen in almost forty years.
Isamu Noguchi is featured in seventy-four works on loan from the Noguchi Museum, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC. The exhibit, called Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern spans sixty years in the artist’s life, and is spread over several rooms. It is an expansive, generous antidote to the claustrophobic, philistine atmosphere of the present administration. Noguchi, as the exhibits notes, “was among the first American artists to think like a citizen of the world. He was a Japanese American born in Los Angeles, raised and educated in Japan, Indiana, New York, and Paris” to become “one of the essential visionaries of the twentieth century.” His reach included sculpture, design, dance, baby minitors abd art meant to be seen from Mars. Through March 19, if you find yourself in the capitol.