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Presidio Dialogues - Isamu Noguchi: Self Interned, 1942

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50 Moraga Avenue

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PRESIDIO DIALOGUES – Thursday Evenings at 6 pm

Notable authors, artists, and conversation starters explore themes from ancient history to current events through interactive dialogues, stimulating talks, panels, performances, and films.

Isamu Noguchi was one of the first bi-racial, pointedly multi-cultural artists in American history and he is still among the most influential. Born to an American mother of European descent and a Japanese father, and raised and educated in the United States, Japan, and Europe, and thanks to his seminal friendship with Buckminster Fuller, Noguchi thought of himself as a citizen of Spaceship Earth. In the lead-up to World War II, throughout the war--when he voluntarily interned himself in Poston War Relocation Center with other Japanese Americans--and in its aftermath, his sense of mission as a cultural synthesizer and bridge was strained to the breaking point.

Dakin Hart is Senior Curator at The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum (Long Island City, NY), where he oversees the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, catalogue raisonné, archives, and public programming, and has the daily good fortune of collaborating with Isamu Noguchi in absentia. His previous positions include Assistant Director at the Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas), Artistic Director and Director of Artists in Residence at Montalvo Center for the Arts (Saratoga, CA), and Assistant to the Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center, an exhibition he curated for the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, is on view now.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War III Japanese American Incarceration.

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1. Portrait of Isamu Noguchi (in rain), 1959. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS. Photo by Shuji Ohtake

2. Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center, The Noguchi Museum, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Knight

3. Isamu Noguchi, Yellow Landscape, 1943 (partially reconstructed 1995), Magnesite, wood, string, metal fishing weight, 30 1/2 x 32 5/8 x 6 3/4 in., The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York. Photo by Kevin Noble

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