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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.

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Tadao Ando is known as the “Japanese Master of Minimalism.” His style mixes traditional Japanese architecture with a contemporary flair, featuring creative uses of natural light and structures that flow with landscapes instead of challenging them. His buildings often contain large expanses of unadorned cement walls with stone floors and large windows that play with the sun, rain and wind. On July 4th, the Noguchi Museum’s Free First Friday program will feature a screening of Director Mathias Frick’s Tadao Ando – From Emptiness to Infinity, followed by an extended conversation about the documentary, which is in German with English subtitles. The movie was curated in collaboration with the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Free First Fridays happens during select months.

Details: Free First Friday, Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Street, Long Island City, July 4th, 5 pm to 8 pm.

Bonus details: Noguchi will also offers public tours in English and Japanese at 2 PM on this day.

Photos: Minimalisti

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As its name suggests, the Noguchi Museum displays sculpture, furniture, ceramics and other pieces by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. But this weekend, the Long Island City venue dabbles into everything from architecture to film to live music. On September 6th, Noguchi extends evening hours as it always does on the first Friday of each month and offers a pay-what-you-wish admission policy. At 6 pm, the museum facilitates a conversation around a single work of art, followed by a screening of 16 Acres, which explores the Ground Zero rebuilding effort. Presented with the Architecture and Design Film Festival, the movie tells the behind-the-scenes story through a series of first-person narratives, but without any narration. On September 8th, Noguchi hosts the summer’s final Music in the Garden event with Mantra Percussion (above) performing Michael Gordon’s Timber, a full-length concert composed for six percussionists playing on amplified two-by-fours using mallets and fingertips. The concert is offered in collaboration with Bang on a Can/Cantaloupe Music, one of the world’s best recognized ambassador’s of contemporary music.

Details: First Fridays, Noguchi, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, September 6th, 5 pm to 8 pm, pay what you wish.
Bonus details: Music in the Garden, Noguchi, 9-01 33rd Road, LIC, September 8th, 3 pm, free with admission.