Sunday, February 19th was the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which authorized the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans on the West Coast. Artist Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese American whose father was Japanese and mother was American, was not subject to the executive order as a resident of New York City but he chose to self-intern himself with the agreement of the United States government in hopes to improve conditions at the Poston camp in Arizona. The Noguchi Museum currently has the exhibit “Self-Interned” exploring the impact of the internment on the artist.
But New York City is also full of Noguchi works in its public spaces. In honor of the artist and the anniversary of the executive order, here is a guide to Noguchi works you can find in New York City:
1. Isamu Noguchi Fountain at TWA Flight Center, JFK Airport (1962)
The Isamu Noguchi designed fountain at JFK Airport is one of the artist’s lesser known works in New York City due to its location in the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center, closed off to the public for more than a decade. The marble fountain is located in what was once the first class lounge. With the conversion of the TWA Flight Center underway, the public will once again see the marble fountain in action soon.
Check out more photographs of the TWA Flight Center here.