Tom Sachs

Tea Ceremony

Exhibition Website

Mar 23 2016 - Jul 24 2016

This major exhibition is the first at the Museum to present work by a single artist other than Noguchi. The exhibition centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs’ distinctive reworking of the rituals and accoutrements of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe.

Among the large stone sculptures by Isamu Noguchi in the Museum’s indoor/outdoor galleries, Sachs will set a tea house in a garden accessorized with variations on lanterns, gates, a wash basin, a plywood airplane lavatory, a koi pond, an ultra HD video wall with the sublime hyper-presence of Mt. Fuji, a bronze bonsai made of over 3,600 individually welded parts, and other objects of use and contemplation. Sachs has also produced a complete alternative material culture of Tea—from bowls and ladles, scroll paintings and vases, to a motorized tea whisk, a shot clock, and an electronic brazier.

Supplementing the tea garden are three additional installations covering consummate examples of Sachs’ Tea tools, a brief history of Tea as it developed out of Sachs ’Space Program 2.0: MARS,' and a small retrospective of the artist’s two-decade long career as a cultural hybridizer.

Exhibition overview from the Noguchi Museum website.

  • Installation
  • American
  • Contemporary
  • Tom Sachs

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