Terra Foundation-supported Events

Online Dialogue: “Toward a Transnational Approach to American Art: Isamu Noguchi in India and Beyond”

In this online dialogue, Katy Siegel (Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art, Stony Brook University and Senior Research Curator, Baltimore Museum of Art) and Devika Singh (Curator, International Art, Tate Modern) locate American artists within transnational art histories.

Through examining Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi’s artworks made in India, Devika Singh reconsiders transnational narratives that have traditionally been told from a Western viewpoint and reasserted the power of established art centers as places of intermixing and transculturality. Singh will instead draw on the impact of mobility and circulation to foreground a transnationally reconfigured history of art in India.

Katy Siegel argues that “taking off the cold war lens,” a perspective central to the exhibition Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965 (Haus der Kunst, 2016–17), has significant implications for the study of US art history. It renders visible artists who disdained a singular allegiance to America. In turn, attention to figures such as Noguchi—including Joan Mitchell, Ed Clark, Toshiko Takaezu, Melvin Edwards, and Alfonso Ossorio— has implication for the field, suggesting the significance for US art history of transnational, regional, and diasporic experience.

Together, the speakers seek to overcome conventional dialectics and point toward more complex and various allegiances, encounters, and histories, whether in considering the transnational art histories of India or the US.

This dialogue is organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The event will be held online in English. It is scheduled for 6–7:15 p.m. in Paris (CET), including time for a Q&A with the speakers after their presentations.

Event recording available online.

Samrat Yantra, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, India. Image Courtesy of The Noguchi Museum Archives (08447.3). Photo by Isamu Noguchi. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS.