Isamu Noguchi was born in 1904, in Los Angeles, to an Irish-American teacher and editor and a Japanese poet. He was raised in Japan until, at age 18, he was sent back to the United States to study. In 1926, Noguchi won one of the first Guggenheim fellowships and travelled to Paris, where he worked for six months as a studio assistant to sculptor Constantin Brancusi. In addition to his sculptural work, he created furniture and lighting for the Herman Miller Company, designed sets for choreographers Martha Graham and George Balanchine and collaborated with architect Louis I. Kahn, among others. Noguchi died in 1988.
Bonnie Rychlak is a curator at the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.