It’s TGIF and FFF. On May 1, Noguchi Museum will launch Free First Friday, a true-to-its-name program that will repeat on every first Friday of the month during spring and summer. The Long Island City sculpture garden/art gallery will not charge an admission fee during these times, and its doors will open to the public at 10 am with extended hours until 8 pm.
Guided tours will be offered in Japanese and English at 2 pm, and a cash bar with wine and beer will open at 5 pm. Plus, the venue will bring back its popular Center of Attention program, on some occasions a staff-led conversation on one of the collection’s pieces, and at other times film screenings co-hosted with the Architecture and Design Film Festival.
The topic for opening night’s Center of Attention is Rain Mountain (below), a metal sculpture that Isamu Noguchi, the venue’s namesake, completed in 1982.
Details: Free First Fridays, Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, May 1, 10 am to 8 pm, no cost.
Photos: The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, N.Y.