Family Day

Interlocking Sculptures

The White Gunas (Abstract Sculpture), 1946
Isamu Noguchi
American, 1904–1988
White marble, 5 units
Norton Simon Museum, Museum purchase with funds donated by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fellows Acquisition Fund
© 2013 The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Interlocking Sculptures

Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Speaker: Staff Educator
Type: Family Day

Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture The White Gunas illustrates the Indian Samkhya philosophical view that all creation is comprised of the three gunas (qualities): balance, movement and inertia. Before creating sculptures like this one, Noguchi would construct small paper models by cutting out shapes from black craft paper. Families examine The White Gunas, consider the artist’s process, and create their own interlocking sculpture.


Meets in Entrance Gallery | Free with admission. This activity is designed for families with children ages 4–10. | No reservations needed