Don’t be fooled, these lanterns aren’t just hanging Ikea lamps. The Noguchi Museum is one of the most beautiful hidden gems in NYC and for the rest of the year will be hosting the exhibit, Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, where you can immerse yourself in this maze of delicate paper lanterns.
The Noguchi Museum was opened in 1985 in Long Island City, Queens by Japanese-American artist, Isamu Noguchi. Since its founding, the museum has been the home to some of the artist’s most important works and has paved the way for making Long Island City a New York hot spot for the art scene.
For the remainder of the year, the exhibition Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, will be open for the public to explore on the museum’s second floor gallery. Akari is a modular ecosystem of lightweight, collapsible paper lanterns and according to the museum website,
“The installations will create a series of environments that convey the essential values of Akari, drawing on the organizational, structural and ephemeral qualities of nature, and exemplifying Noguchi’s concept of light as both place and object.”
The museum is open Wednesday-Friday from 10am- 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm. A list of Noguchi’s public sculptures across New York City can be found here.
Architectural Digest states,
[The exhibition] includes several installations that allow visitors to experience ways that the Akari—a modular ecosystem of lightweight, collapsible paper lanterns—can create and transform space.
So come take a walk through this beautiful light filled gallery and get lost in the maze! Check out the museum website for tickets and hours.
Featured image: architecturaldigest.com