noguchi museum celebrates earth structure ‘in reward of caves’


exploring the natural structure of the cave


The Noguchi Museum showcases the work of 4 Mexican artist-architects in its newly opened exhibition ‘In Reward of Caves, Natural Structure Tasks from Mexico by Carlos Lazo, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O’Gorman, and Javier Senosiain.’ The present spans a number of galleries of the museum, which has occupied a transformed manufacturing facility constructing in Lengthy Island Metropolis, New York since 1985.


From main city planning proposals and homes constructed into the earth, to sculptures each massive and small — the chosen tasks every discover the ‘natural structure’ of the cave. Whereas among the tasks stay unbuilt, many have been impressively crafted and are both on show within the gallery or exist as an otherworldly work of undergrouund structure in Mexico.


Collectively, the gathering transforms the interiors right into a cavernous panorama, as a ‘metaphor for considering and reassessing our place on the earth.’ Forward of the opening final week, designboom visited the Noguchi Museum to discover the exhibition organized by Dakin Hart, which can run till February twenty sixth, 2022.

Juan O’Gorman, mannequin of the O’Gorman Cave-Studio Home, (1948–54, partially destroyed c. 1969), 2021–22
created by Senosiain Arquitectos | coordinator: Enrique Cabrera Espinosa de los Monteros



reconnecting with the earth


The artists spotlighted on the Noguchi Museum’s exhibition ‘In Reward of Caves…’ labored independently from one another all through the mid twentieth century. Whereas this investigation into cavernous environments was not a creative or architectural motion, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O’Gorman, Javier Senosiain, and Carlos Lazo collectively shared widespread themes and threads of values. 


These shared pursuits arose alongside the conclusion of the second World Battle, particularly after the dropping of the atomic bombs. ‘All of humanity kind of had a psychological shift,‘ defined Hart, ‘we had ruptured our connection to nature. As quickly as now we have the ability to destroy all of it, that adjustments our energy dynamic with Mom Nature, and these architects and artists have been excited by repairing that breach.’


Inside the context of Mexico Metropolis and its surrounding panorama, the architects sought to construct into the earth, somewhat than merely on prime of it. With such a earth structure, constructed house is formed by the rocks and timber, burrowing itself across the unmovable parts to kind complicated subterranean interiors. The technique aimed to reintroduce a respect for the earth, a philosophy which is simply as related immediately.

noguchi museum praise caves
Javier Senosiain, El Nido de Quetzalcóatl, Naucalpan, Mexico, 1998–2007
picture © Javier Senosiain / Arquitectura Orgánica 



serpent sculptures and snake-like areas


Imagery of serpents is a standard motif among the many works proven on the Noguchi Museum’s ‘In Reward of Caves…’ exhibition. Hart explains the importance of the snakes to a group of works exploring the cave: ‘Snakes are those who’re shifting between. They’re like our ambassadors to the Earth, our ambassadors to the underworld.’


Standing like an envoy to the exhibition, an enormous sculptural work by Mathias Goeritz titled, La Serpiente de El Eco (El Eco Serpent), 1953, greets guests, rising sixteen ft inside the lofty entrance gallery house. Smaller, experimental iterations occupy the following room, scattered amongst Noguchi sculptures which rise from the gallery flooring like stalagmites.noguchi museum praise cavesCarlos Lazo, mannequin of Carlos Lazo’s Proyecto Casa-Cueva de la Period Atómica (1948), 2021–22
created by Javier Senosiain, Arquitectura Orgánica and María Fernanda Zarate Espinosa | courtesy Javier Senosiain
all photos by Nicholas Knight © The Noguchi Museum / ARS



underground areas, conceptual and constructed


The exhibition showcases a group of spectacular bodily fashions representing cavernous works of structure by Juan O’Gorman, Javier Senosiain, and Carlos Lazo


The O’Gorman Cave-Studio Home was accomplished in 1954 and served as the house of Juan O’Gorman, a Mexico Metropolis-based architect identified to have constructed the studios of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. After mastering the modernist fashion of glass and metal, he rejected the rational, inorganic follow and have become as an alternative a passionate advocate for natural structure. His subterranean dwelling is embedded into the lava rock, negotiating between the pure contours of the panorama.

noguchi museum praise caves

Mathias Goeritz, La Serpiente de El Eco (El Eco Serpent), 1953; exhibition copy fabricated 2022



One other constructed mission current immediately in Mexico Metropolis is Javier Senosiain’s El Nido de Quetzalcóatl (The Nest of Quetzalcóatl), 1998–2007. The huge work stands as a still-developing natural structure theme park. The architect’s curiosity in constructing organically, which he does principally in shaped concrete, extends to a variety of fashions and programs patterned on nature. What all of them share in widespread is a top quality of rising from, and/or nestling into, the earth.

noguchi museum praise caves
Javier Senosiain Aguilar, Mannequin for Casa Orgánica, Mexico Metropolis (1985), 1984
Fabricated by Enrique Cabrera Espinosa de los Monteros
Courtesy Javier Senosiain / Arquitectura Orgánica



An unbuilt work of subterranean structure showcases Carlos Lazo’s concepts about cave residing. La Casa-Cueva de la Period Atómica (Atomic Age Cave Home), 1945–48, is displayed within the type of a not too long ago constructed bodily mannequin. The hyper-modern cave house is described as a ‘synthesis of the Flintstones and the Jetsons.’ It’s accompanied by a show of photos of Lazo’s different efforts to take trendy residing again to the longer term in his Cuevas Civilizadas (Civilized Caves) mission, which was to have included 110 properties dug right into a canyon wall within the Belén de las Flores neighborhood of Mexico Metropolis.

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