Acquired for the White House Collection with assistance from the White House Historical Association, this is the first work of art by an Asian American artist in the collection.
Isamu Noguchi, a man who spent his career envisioning sculptures as an intentional part of everyday environments, made a passionate attempt to design a new kind of ashtray.
The friendship between the two artists did not only enrich their private lives, but also the development of their art in the post-WWII decades.
In this 1972 footage, artist Isamu Noguchi discusses the limitations of industrial tools and how he transcended the constraints of the time in which he lived. He also reflects on the future of…