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Arts & Humanities will present lecture on Isamu Noguchi

'Black Sun,' a 1969 sculpture by Isamu Noguchi, is a well-known feature of Seattle's Volunteer Park.
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If you’ve ever paid a visit to Seattle’s Volunteer Park, then you’ve probably caught a glimpse of the Space Needle through the hole in Isamu Noguchi’s doughnut-shaped onyx sculpture, “Black Sun.”

Art historian Rebecca Albiani will present a talk called “Between East and West” about Noguchi’s widely varied works and life story at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at The Blue Heron.

Best known as a master stone carver,Noguchi also designed furniture, lamps and gardens and sets for choreographer Martha Graham.

This versatile artist, born to an American mother and a Japanese father, grew up in Japan, trained in New York and Paris, studied brush painting in Beijing and pottery in Kyoto. European modernist Brancusi and the creator of Mount Rushmore are two of Noguchi’s mentors.

According to Albiani, Noguchi’s life’s work reflects a deep sensitivity to form and void and to humanity’s relationship with nature.

Tickets are $14 for VAA members, students and seniors and $18 for general audience. Tickets are available at VAA and

— Juli Goetz Morser

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