The Noguchi Museum will become the venue for a unique art experience.
“Labor of Love” is a joint venture by performance artist Ernesto Pujol and sculptor Lesley Dill.
The project was created specifically for the museum in the spirit of Noguchi’s reverence for creation.
Pujol, born in Cuba, and Dill, born in Bronxville, frequent the museum and are inspired by the late Isamu Noguchi.
The performance will begin just after the museum opens and will conclude just before closing.
The two performers, over a six-hour period, will sit facing each other at two identical industrial worktables next to windows overlooking the museum’s highly regarded sculpture garden.
As they sit, the pair will draw on 12 rice paper scrolls, pausing every half hour to ring an instrument created by Noguchi, the obsidian “Sounding Stone,” which will be used for the first time ever.
Essentially, it’s a rock shaped in a specific way so it produces a particular sound when struck.
After striking the instrument, the artists will slowly switch places to add to each other’s scrolls.
The entire performance will otherwise be done in silence.
In essence, the piece is about the evolution of love and relationships. As part of a couple, one is expected to trust a significant other to complete and improve life by bringing happiness and support.
Pujol is a site-specific public performance artist and social choreographer. He became known for ephemeral installation projects that address individual and collective memory and gender.
He’s also covered ecological issues, war, loss and mourning.
Dill, on the other hand, works in sculpture and photography and occasionally performance art, using a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body and transformational experience.