A Glorious Bewilderment: Marie Menken’s “Visual Variations on Noguchi”
September 27, 2023 - February 4, 2024

The pioneering experimental filmmaker Marie Menken’s first solo film was shot in Isamu Noguchi’s Greenwich Village studio. A frenetic black-and-white work shot on a handheld 16mm Bolex in which she moved quickly between and around his sculptures, the four-minute-long film produced a riotous portrait of Noguchi’s work in motion, especially when paired with composer Lucia Dlugoszewski’s haunting score of discordant sounds. The sculptor’s namesake museum is now screening the video in its original format with a series of his related works, allowing us to view Noguchi through someone else’s eyes while exploring their affinities.

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